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Twitter Must Give Up Anti-Semitic Users, Says French Court Twitter Must Give Up Anti-Semitic Users, Says French Court
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Twitter is once again going to be forced to make a decision on how far they will go to protect the privacy rights of its users, thanks to a ruling made today by a French court. The court ruled that …

Facebook Still Has a Big Problem with Underage Users, and They Know It Facebook Still Has a Big Problem with Underage Users, and They Know It
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Facebook policy strictly prohibits anyone under the age of 13 from operating an account. As you’re probably well aware, plenty of kids under the age of 13 operate Facebook accounts. That’s because people are allowed to lie on the internet, …

Sex Offenders Can’t Be Banned From Facebook Says Appeals Court Sex Offenders Can’t Be Banned From Facebook Says Appeals Court

An Indiana law barring registered sex offenders from using any form of social media has been stuck down by a U.S. appeals court. The law was challenged last year by the ACLU, but upheld by an Indiana Judge. “The Court …

‘Terms And Conditions May Apply’ Documentary Explores Google, Facebook Privacy ‘Terms And Conditions May Apply’ Documentary Explores Google, Facebook Privacy

Often, when major Internet companies make product changes or announce new offerings, people wonder what that means for their privacy. One example in which we’re currently seeing this is with Facebook’s new Graph Search. Google and Facebook in particular have …

Government Requests for User Data Increase in the U.S., Around the World According to Google Government Requests for User Data Increase in the U.S., Around the World According to Google
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Every six months Google unveils a new Transparency Report, which contains the figures on government requests for user data. It also gives us a look into just how often Google is giving up the goods. Google has just released the …

Teacher in Hot Water over Facebook Photo Involving Students and Duct Tape Teacher in Hot Water over Facebook Photo Involving Students and Duct Tape
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Social media is a lot like any form of electronic communication, whether that be email, texts, or instant messaging. Mainly, it’s often hard to discern the true meaning or the true motivation behind a post. Out of context, a joke …

Revenge Porn Site and Its Host GoDaddy Face Class-Action Lawsuit Revenge Porn Site and Its Host GoDaddy Face Class-Action Lawsuit
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Operating on the outskirts of morality in porn (an already hard-to-define gradient), so-called “revenge porn” sites host images and videos of what are described as “exes.” Basically, the point is that guys extract “revenge” on their ex-girlfriends by posting their …

Facebook Graph Search, Your Privacy, and What You Can Do Facebook Graph Search, Your Privacy, and What You Can Do
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Facebook just launched something new. That’s all you have to say, really. That in and of itself is enough to get people riled up about their privacy, or how Facebook is screwing with it. Of course, simply being a member …

Sex Offenders Win Right To Online Anonymity Sex Offenders Win Right To Online Anonymity
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A federal judge has blocked a California bill that would take away sex offenders’ ability to anonymously use email, social media, instant messaging and various other web sites and services. The bill, Proposition 35, was deemed by Judge Thelton Henderson, …

FTC Strengthens Online Privacy Rules For Children FTC Strengthens Online Privacy Rules For Children
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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. …

Facebook Graph Search And Privacy Facebook Graph Search And Privacy

Facebook unveiled Graph Search today. Many are probably wondering what this means for privacy. Facebook has already put out a video discussing that very issue. “With Graph Search, you can look up anything shared with you on Facebook, and others …

Instagram’s New Privacy Policies Take Effect on Saturday Instagram’s New Privacy Policies Take Effect on Saturday
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Just a friendly reminder: those new Instagram policies that caused such a ruckus back in December go into effect this Saturday, January 19th (but without the clause that caused most of the ruckus). The new privacy policy and terms of …

Report: Google Sued Again Over Google Buzz Privacy Report: Google Sued Again Over Google Buzz Privacy
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MediaPost is reporting that three Gmail users filed a lawsuit against Google this week in relation to privacy violations from the Google Buzz launch. Google Buzz, in case your memory of Internet happenings doesn’t extend that far back, was an …

Instagram Users Sent to Facebook When Reporting Other Users Instagram Users Sent to Facebook When Reporting Other Users

Facebook assured Instagram users that their experience with the service wouldn’t change post-acquisition, and that Instagram would continue to “grow independently.” While Facebook isn’t necessarily backtracking on that position, they are beginning to integrate the two services little by little. …

FISA Sponsor Says Domestic Spy Program Must Be Kept Secret For A Secret Reason FISA Sponsor Says Domestic Spy Program Must Be Kept Secret For A Secret Reason
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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 …

Will Facebook’s Privacy Woes Grow in 2013? Will Facebook’s Privacy Woes Grow in 2013?
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Facebook cannot win the privacy issue. The company thrives on allowing advertisers to target their potential customers with pinpoint accuracy, and that takes highly personal data. Even if Facebook were to magically be able to provide the privacy settings that …

Instagram Apologizes for Putting the Cart Before the Horse Instagram Apologizes for Putting the Cart Before the Horse
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Instagram is not going to sell your photos. Instagram was never going to sell your photos. Although tricky language added to the company’s terms of service spawned the misguided outrage we’ve all lived through over the past week, hysterical users …

Facebook Rolls Out New Privacy Settings Globally Facebook Rolls Out New Privacy Settings Globally
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It’s official. You should be seeing Facebook’s new privacy controls popping up any time now. The company has just announced that they should be rolling out to users are the world, including the U.S. “Last week we told you about …

Facebook Starts Rolling Out New Privacy Settings in New Zealand Facebook Starts Rolling Out New Privacy Settings in New Zealand

New Zealand, that fertile testing ground for experimental and upcoming Facebook features, has just begun to receive the company’s recently announced privacy settings additions. Facebook announced the changes a couple of weeks ago, saying that they would make it easier …

Kim Kardashian, Like Many, Totally Misunderstands Instagram’s Policy Changes Kim Kardashian, Like Many, Totally Misunderstands Instagram’s Policy Changes
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Now look what you did Instagram – you went and pissed off your most popular user. That’s right, the eternally-newsworthy Kim Kardashian is reportedly a little skittish following Instagram’s recent policy updates, or Instapocalypse 2012. TMZ reports that the socialite …

FTC Updates Child Online Privacy Rules FTC Updates Child Online Privacy Rules

The United States Federal Trade Commission announced today that it has adopted final amendments to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (otherwise known as COPPA Rule). According to the Commission, parents are to have greater control over the personal info …