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All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Privacy’

Google Continues To Defend Its Decade-Long Gmail Privacy Stance In Court

Remember that decade when people were using Gmail, and not caring about Google algorithmically scanning messages and delivering ads based on them? It recently ended when Microsoft launched a campaign to promote its competing webmail product and trying to scare Gmail users into thinking that Google is snooping on their private emails. Then, in May, a class action lawsuit was …

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Twitter’s Protected Tweets and What They Mean

So Twitter released this statement on August 29: Now if you’re confused by this, you can always check Twitter’s page on protected tweets and see what all the hubbub is, bub. If you’re someone who shrieks at the sheer sight of a sentence containing unfamiliar terminology, then you’ll rely on someone else to lay down the idea of protected tweets …

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Trent Reznor on Twitter, Oversharing, and How Dick Pics Aren’t OK

Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor may operate a Twitter account with over 1.6 million followers, but that doesn’t mean that he thinks all the sharing that’s going on over there is a-ok. Reznor recently sat down with SPIN magazine for an in-depth interview and had this to say about social media and our culture of oversharing: “I was excited about …

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Facebook Proposes Updates To Its Data Use Policy

Late last year, Facebook held its final site governance vote with only a little over 650,000 users voting for or against changes to its newly proposed data use policy. The social network required that 30 percent of its 1 billion plus users vote for it to matter, and that obviously didn’t happen. Facebook now moves ahead with changes to its …

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Groklaw To Shut Down As Editor Doesn’t Want Government Going Through Its Virtual Underwear

Groklaw, an award-winning and highly respected legal site dealing mainly in software law, is shutting down due to fears of government spying. Specifically, the site’s editor Pam Jones has determined that she can’t stand the idea of the government reading emails, and doesn’t see how the site can go on. Earlier this month, email provider Lavabit (which was reportedly used …

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Do Users And Businesses Have Legitimate Gripes With Gmail?

Google is making waves with Gmail a lot these days for a variety of reasons, and this week, users are freaking out about something the company said in a court document regarding email privacy. Combine that with the new compose box that is getting people riled up, and the recently launched tabbed interface, and a lot of people are finding …

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Wikimedia Plans To Beef Up Security Across Projects With HTTPS

The Wikimedia Foundation is working on making its projects more secure to protect users’ privacy. As one can imagine, there are plenty of technological obstacles that the foundation must overcome, so it’s going through the process a little at a time. The foundation has outlined its current roadmap in a blog post. “The Wikimedia Foundation believes strongly in protecting the …

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DuckDuckGo Had Over 100 Million Searches In July

As terms like “NSA” and “PRISM” start to embody the modern-day bogey man for many who take ideas like privacy seriously, a small, but increasing amount of web users alter their behavior accordingly. This means leaving popular services like Google, Microsoft, and Facebook behind in an effort to find a place that respects a user’s right to have a secure, …

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Facebook Releases Guide to Help Prevent Abuse in Partnership with Domestic Violence Group

Facebook is looking to make a push to help prevent domestic abuse in the social media realm by teaming up with its safety advisory board to launch a new guide for survivors of such abuse. The main partnership here is with the National Network to End Domestic Violence, who is holding their inaugural tech summit. NNEDV sits alongside Childnet International, …

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NTIA Introduces Mobile App Code of Conduct For Privacy

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 …

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Developer Works Around Google Glass Restrictions With Custom OS

Google Glass has a lot of potential, but some may feel that Google is squandering said potential with its heavy handed regulation. The company has already banned porn and facial recognition apps from being developed for the device. Before Google can ban more capabilities, one developer wants to free Glass from Google’s reach. NPR reports that Stephen Balaban, a developer …

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