“Terms And Conditions May Apply” Doc Is Now Playing

“Terms And Conditions May Apply” Doc Is Now Playing

By Chris Richardson August 20, 2013

So what happens when you click “I Agree” on the your favorite service’s Terms of Service agreement? Granted, South Park already shed some much-needed light on the situation, but maybe some folks missed that episode. Whatever the case, now that …

California To Tackle Privacy Crimes With New DOJ Unit California To Tackle Privacy Crimes With New DOJ Unit

The state of California is going after those who would attempt to violate your online privacy. Attorney General Kamala Harris just announced the formation of a new task force inside the state’s Department of Justice called the Privacy Enforcement and …

Are You Sharing Too Much Online? [Infographic] Are You Sharing Too Much Online? [Infographic]

People share a lot of information online and the popularity of social sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest reveal that too much sharing can come back to haunt us. Sometimes inappropriate sharing is blatantly obvious, as in an indecent photo, …

Facebook Login Request Guidelines for Employers Facebook Login Request Guidelines for Employers

However despicable a practice I may believe it to be, many employers are still screening potential employees through a search of their social networking pages and increasing numbers have even gone as far as to ask for the passwords to …

FTC Shifts Privacy Spotlight: New Best Practices FTC Shifts Privacy Spotlight: New Best Practices

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued a new report that sets forth a series of “best practices” for advertisers and data brokers to follow which can allow them to flourish while still protecting American consumer’s personal data. The new …

Canadian Bill C-11 Committee Review Concluded Canadian Bill C-11 Committee Review Concluded

A special legislative committee of the Canadian Parliament concluded it’s clause-by-clase review of Bill C-11 Tuesday, and now the bill heads to the House of Commons for a third reading. In total, eight government-sponsored amendments were added to the bill. …

Facebook Moderators Earn $1/hr Facebook Moderators Earn $1/hr

In a recent interview, 21-year-old Amine Derkaoui described spending spent three weeks working in Morocco for oDesk, an outsourcing company used by Facebook, to moderate content. Derkaoui’s job, which payed roughly $1 per hour, was to essentially implement Facebook’s strange …

Online Privacy Debate Heats Up With FTC And Commerce Dept. Reports Coming Soon Online Privacy Debate Heats Up With FTC And Commerce Dept. Reports Coming Soon

To say online privacy is a controversial area is an understatement. It’s always been challenging but has gotten even more so with the rise of social networks, online shopping, and targeted advertising.

Consumer Groups Call For Stronger Online Privacy Measures

In response to a discussion draft of a new privacy bill now under consideration by the House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet, ten privacy and consumer groups today called for stronger measures to protect consumer privacy both online and off.

DMA Says Privacy Bill Would Hurt Online Advertising
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The Direct Marketing Association has voiced its opposition to a draft of a privacy bill introduced this week by Representatives Rick Boucher (D-VA) and Cliff Stearns (R-FL).

The DMA says the draft bill has potentially sweeping impacts for direct marketers working across every marketing channel, from direct mail and telemarketing to email, Internet and, mobile marketing.

Commerce Department Examining Internet Privacy

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke has introduced an initiative aimed at gathering public input and reviewing the connection between privacy policy and innovation in the Internet economy.

Locke also announced the formation of an Internet Policy Task Force to identify public policy and operational issues impacting the private sector’s ability to realize the potential for economic growth and job creation via the Internet.

Lawmakers Call On FTC To Review Google Privacy Policy
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Congressman John Barrow (D-GA) along with a number of other lawmakers sent a letter last week to the Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz calling for the protection of consumer privacy rights and an in-depth review of Google’s public release of personal consumer information

Privacy Search Engine Offers Anonymous Web Browsing
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Search engine firm Startpage, and its E.U. brand, Ixquick, has released a new proxy service that allows Internet users to surf the web in privacy.

The proxy lets users browse websites anonymously, without sharing any private, personally identifiable information to the websites they view.

When users conduct a search on Startpage they will see a clickable "proxy" option below each search result. When this option is selected, Startpage acts as a go-between to retrieve the page and display it in a privacy- protected window.

Majority Of Internet Users Worried About Online Privacy
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The majority (80.1%) of Internet users are concerned about the privacy of their personal information such as age, gender, income and online activity, according to a new survey from Burst Media.

Concern about online privacy is common among all age segments, and increases with the respondent’s age from 67.3 percent among those 18-24 years to 85.7 percent of those 55 years and older.

Americans Anxious Over Online Privacy
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The majority of Americans are concerned about what is being done with their personal information online according to a new poll from Consumer Reports.

The poll found that 82 percent of people are concerned about their credit card numbers being stolen online, while 72 percent are concerned that their online activity is being tracked and profiled by companies.

Yahoo Offers Users Better Privacy Options

Yahoo said today that it will allow users to better manage their privacy online by allowing them to opt-out of customized advertising on the site.

The new opt-out feature is part of Yahoo’s response to a Congressional inquiry about customization sent to 33 Internet asking for details about targeted advertising and how they collect and store information on users.

US Senate’s Response To Online Privacy Laws For Advertising

The US Senate is holding a series of hearings on online advertising, behavioral targeting and privacy to determine whether they should consider legislation protecting consumers online in these areas.

The Senate has turned to Google, Microsoft, the FTC, Facebook, privacy watchdogs and others for their opinions in the matter. Some, like Google, welcomed a “comprehensive privacy law that would establish a uniform framework for privacy and procedures to punish bad actors.”