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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 …

Instagram Is Not, Nor Were They Ever Going to Sell Your Photos Instagram Is Not, Nor Were They Ever Going to Sell Your Photos
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Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom finally made a move to stop the bleeding with a blog post directed at users who feel betrayed by the company’s new privacy policy. “To be clear: it is not our intention to sell your photos. …

Microsoft Being Investigated In The EU For Potential Privacy Violations Microsoft Being Investigated In The EU For Potential Privacy Violations

Microsoft hasn’t had the best of luck in the EU in 2012. The company was previously under investigation for potential antitrust issues, and now its privacy policy is under fire. Bloomberg reports that Microsoft’s recent service agreement update to its …

Instagram Adds Facebook Data Sharing to Privacy Policy (Without a Meaningless Vote) Instagram Adds Facebook Data Sharing to Privacy Policy (Without a Meaningless Vote)
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Earlier this month, Facebook held its third and final Site Governance vote. Facebook’s Site Governance system allowed users to vote on proposed changes to their terms and data us policies. While the vote was unique because it turned out to …

Senator Al Franken’s Privacy Bill Is Approved By Senate Committee Senator Al Franken’s Privacy Bill Is Approved By Senate Committee
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We brought you word earlier this month that Sen. Al Franken was trying his hand at passing a privacy bill again. The Location Privacy Protection Act would require any and all app makers to request permission to track users before …

Facebook Privacy Changes: Here’s the Rundown Facebook Privacy Changes: Here’s the Rundown
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Facebook is announcing a handful of privacy-related changes today; a couple that make it simpler for users to access and change their personal settings and another that may make a small percentage of the user base upset (what’s new, right?). …

Facebook Officially Kills the User Vote Facebook Officially Kills the User Vote

Yesterday the voting period ended on Facebook’s third and final Site Governance vote, and we told you that the results overwhelmingly supported keeping the current SSR and Data Use polices. Of course, we also told you that it didn’t matter …

Facebook Just Eliminated Voting That Doesn’t Matter with a Vote That Didn’t Matter Facebook Just Eliminated Voting That Doesn’t Matter with a Vote That Didn’t Matter
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And with that, Facebook’s tepid attempt at democracy comes to a close. Voting is over in Facebook’s third (and final) Site Governance vote. With just under 700,000 votes cast, Facebook users overwhelmingly voted against proposed changes to Facebook’s SSR and …

Delta Sued Over Noncompliance with California Privacy Law Delta Sued Over Noncompliance with California Privacy Law

The state of California has filed the first lawsuit as a result of their new app privacy initiative, and the target is Delta airlines. Attorney General Kamala Harris announced the civil suit, claiming that the app fails to have a …

Senator Al Franken Is Trying To Protect Your Privacy Again Senator Al Franken Is Trying To Protect Your Privacy Again
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2012 was a big year for privacy. From CISPA to ECPA, lawmakers are tackling the ever present issue of how to handle privacy in the digital age. There’s not been a lot of progress on the front, but Sen. Al …

Facebook Site Governance Vote on Pace to Break One Million Participants Facebook Site Governance Vote on Pace to Break One Million Participants
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The third-ever Facebook Site Governance vote is on pace to shatter previous records and see participation from over a million users. Unfortunately, that’s still about 299 million votes shy of what is needed to make the results of the vote …

Verizon Patents A DVR That Spies On You Verizon Patents A DVR That Spies On You
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Verizon is moving into the targeted ad business in a big way. The wireless carrier announced a new campaign yesterday called Verizon Selects that would allow them to share a customer’s info with advertisers. Now the carrier has patented a …

Verizon Will Give You A Coupon If You Let Them Sell Your Data To Advertisers Verizon Will Give You A Coupon If You Let Them Sell Your Data To Advertisers

Have you heard of Verizon Selects? It’s a new data collecting initiative from the carrier’s Precision Marketing portfolio that seeks to collect consumer info for targeted ads. It’s completely optional, but Verizon knows exactly what will make consumers give up …

Everyone Is Voting Against Facebook’s Policy Changes and It Doesn’t Matter in the Slightest Everyone Is Voting Against Facebook’s Policy Changes and It Doesn’t Matter in the Slightest
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You probably know that Facebook just opened up its third-ever Site Governance Vote, allowing users to vote on proposed changes to the company’s SSR and Data Use policies. Or maybe you have no idea. Maybe you don’t care. That’s fine, …

Facebook’s Sponsored Stories Lawsuit Is in Its Penultimate Hour Facebook’s Sponsored Stories Lawsuit Is in Its Penultimate Hour

A couple of weeks ago, we told you that Facebook’s long-running Sponsored Stories lawsuit was likely on its way to coming to a close. U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg, upon reviewing a new settlement proposal from the social network, was …

Facebook Opens Up Site Governance Vote on Voting Facebook Opens Up Site Governance Vote on Voting
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Starting today, you have a week to cast your vote in what will most likely be the last Facebook Site Governance vote ever. The company has announced the opening of the latest vote, which covers Facebook’s attempt to get rid …

ECPA Clears Senate Committee, Will Go To Vote Next Year ECPA Clears Senate Committee, Will Go To Vote Next Year
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Sen. Patrick Leahy’s ECPA amendment is an important one. It would require the authorities to obtain a warrant before pilfering emails. The current bill allows the authorities to access email with only a subpoena if the email in question is …

Archify Is A Tool You Might Actually Want Tracking Everything You Do Online Archify Is A Tool You Might Actually Want Tracking Everything You Do Online
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Sometimes people actually wish everything they did was tracked online. That may be a hard concept for some to swallow, but surely you’ve encountered an experience where you ran across some piece of online content, but then want to see …