All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Online Privacy’
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 the NSA and Edward Snowden are trendy talking points, online privacy is again a subject of interest. Of course, the …
The U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) this week announced that its stakeholder partners for an app transparency process will soon begin testing a voluntary code of conduct for mobile app privacy. The code implores app developers to, “where practicable,” provide app users with short form notices about what data an app collects and who it will be shared …
As has been documented many times before, us adults on the Internet really have no privacy. Advertisers want to know what we’re doing to sell us products, and the government wants to know what we’re doing in case we’re terrorists. Children, however, still enjoy quite a bit of privacy online, and new FTC rules are going to ensure they’re even …
Five more years of warrantless surveillance at the hands of the NSA and other spy agencies was signed into law before the new year thanks to the quick passage of FISA. We already discussed how the bill’s passage proves that Congress and President Obama really don’t care about digital privacy, but a video of the FISA debate provides more insight …
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 Protection Unit. She says that it will attempt to protect online privacy “through civil prosecution of state and federal privacy …
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 those sites. Last time I checked this isn’t a communist country, but perhaps I should also turn over my checking …
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 report makes special provisions for small business and clearly defines who should adhere to what set of best practices. Specifically, …
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. In this latest round of amendments, the bill’s “enabler clause” was expanded, holding ISPs, social networking sites, and filesharing hosts …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 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.
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.”
The UK government is considering creating a huge database that would hold all the details of emails, phone calls and text messages of it residents in an effort to guard against crime and terrorism
Currently, records of phone calls and text messages are stored up to 12 months by telecom companies in accordance with a EU anti-terrorism directive.
A new Home Office (Interior Ministry) proposal would require Internet service providers (ISPs) and telecoms to turn over records of emails, Internet usage and voice over Internet calls.