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It’s Your First Amendment Right to Record Cops [Supreme Court] It’s Your First Amendment Right to Record Cops [Supreme Court]

In a victory for the ACLU and First Amendment activists everywhere, the United States Supreme Court has denied a request to review a decision that blocks the enforcement of an Illinois law barring the public from recording police officers. Back …

No, You Can’t Copyright Your Content with a Facebook Status No, You Can’t Copyright Your Content with a Facebook Status
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Users beware: a new viral status is making the rounds on Facebook, and it promises to protect your privacy by guaranteeing your right to copyright on all of the content you publish on the site. Sounds good, I guess – …

Should Law Enforcement Be Required To Obtain Warrants When Snooping Through Email? Should Law Enforcement Be Required To Obtain Warrants When Snooping Through Email?
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Senator Patrick Leahy was one of the good guys back in September. He was proposing a rewrite to the 26-year-old Electronic Communications Privacy Act that would require the feds to obtain a warrant to read your email. The Justice Department …

Here’s What Eric Schmidt Had To Say About Privacy And Free Speech This Week Here’s What Eric Schmidt Had To Say About Privacy And Free Speech This Week
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Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt spoke with Reuters West Coast Bureau Chief Jonathan Weber at the RAND Corp.’s Politics Aside conference in California on Monday. The conversation is about a half hour long, and goes into YouTube and Google’s policies …

Facebook Tests Photo Sync for iOS, Allowing Some Users to Auto-Upload Their Photos Facebook Tests Photo Sync for iOS, Allowing Some Users to Auto-Upload Their Photos
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Facebook is expanding a test that they began a couple of months ago with the Android app. The company is currently testing Photo Sync for iOS, which allows users to have their smartphone photos instantly uploaded to a private Facebook …

Facebook’s Sponsored Stories Lawsuit May Be Coming to a Close Facebook’s Sponsored Stories Lawsuit May Be Coming to a Close
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Facebook may finally be able to close the books on a long-running lawsuit that saw the company accused of major privacy violations corresponding to their Sponsored Stories initiative. Reuters reports that U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg was “much less critical” …

Judge: FTC’s Fine Of Google Was Adequate Judge: FTC’s Fine Of Google Was Adequate

In August, Google was handed a $22.5 million penalty by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission in relation to the tracking of Safari users in the incident that came to be known as “Safari-gate.” It was the largest fine in FTC …

Internet Deemed a Human Right in Another Sex Offender/Internet Ban Case Internet Deemed a Human Right in Another Sex Offender/Internet Ban Case
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There are those out there who believe that banning a criminal, no matter how serious the crime, from access to the internet is unconstitutional and borderline inhumane. That’s because they feel that the internet and reasonable access to it is …

Judge Rules Teen Molester Has a Right to Social Media, Do You Agree? Judge Rules Teen Molester Has a Right to Social Media, Do You Agree?
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Think about how often you use the internet. Seriously, just think about it for a second. I’m willing to bet that the vast majority of people would severely underestimate their dependence. Sure, maybe you don’t really get on Facebook or …

Microsoft Patents Orwellian Tech For Kinect Microsoft Patents Orwellian Tech For Kinect
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The Kinect has been a huge success for Microsoft since it was introduced in 2010. The games might not be the best, but Microsoft may have other plans in store for the camera. A recent patent filed by Microsoft would …

Google+ Unveils New Reporting Mechanisms for Content, Hangouts Google+ Unveils New Reporting Mechanisms for Content, Hangouts

Google just announced some new privacy functions for Google+ that deal with how users report abusive content within the stream as well as abuse within Hangouts. Here are the changes, as announced by Google’s Pavni Diwanji on Google+: Reporting content …

Guys, Stop Instagramming Your Ballots. Seriously. Guys, Stop Instagramming Your Ballots. Seriously.
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I know you’re excited about voting. It’s not only our democratic right and duty, but it’s a privilege. Quick tip: If you want to convince yourself of the importance of voting, just imagine for a second that you were unable …

Facebook Gives Expanded Privacy Tutorial to New Users During Signup Facebook Gives Expanded Privacy Tutorial to New Users During Signup
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Facebook currently boasts over 1 billion monthly active users, with more signing up every day. In order to help protect those users from the get-go and possibly avoid any future privacy quagmires, the company is now inserting a new privacy …

Calculate How Much Obama & Romney Are Willing to Spend on Your Vote Calculate How Much Obama & Romney Are Willing to Spend on Your Vote

It’s no secret that both the Obama and Romney teams are doing all they can to get your vote on November 6th, and they have been for quite some time. Much of that effort is directed toward your online activities, …

California Warns App Makers Ignoring New Privacy Law California Warns App Makers Ignoring New Privacy Law

The state of California is getting tough with “scores” of app developers by shipping out non-compliance notifications to many companies that are reportedly in violation of state privacy law. Back in February, the Attorney General’s office announced a new initiative …

New App Makes Facebook Creeping for Bikini Pics a Hell of a lot Easier New App Makes Facebook Creeping for Bikini Pics a Hell of a lot Easier

Is it possible for an app to rest in a moral grey area and also be an incredibly effective time-saver? If that interesting combination exists, it exists inside a new app called Badabing! What Badabing promises is simple. “Have you …

Obama Worries About Malia Using Facebook, Cites Privacy Concerns Obama Worries About Malia Using Facebook, Cites Privacy Concerns
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The President of the United States and the First Lady both have their own Facebook and Twitter accounts – Foursquare, Pinterest, Google+, and Tumblr too. And though the accounts are (mostly) maintained by campaign aides, you occasionally get a real …

Short Film Explores the Perils of Being “Hooked” on Facebook Short Film Explores the Perils of Being “Hooked” on Facebook
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It’s much easier to lie about yourself (or embellish, if you will) on the internet than it is in person. How do you know that a person really “likes” a certain band or brand? How do you know that profile …

Yahoo Says Microsoft Is Making It Hard To Deliver Its Value Proposition To Users Yahoo Says Microsoft Is Making It Hard To Deliver Its Value Proposition To Users
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Yahoo slammed Microsoft today over its use of “Do Not Track” by default in Internet Explorer 10. This is interesting on several levels, but most notably because Yahoo and MIcrosoft are partners in search and advertising. Together, they have put …

“Password” Remains Top Password, “Jesus” Cracks the Top 25 “Password” Remains Top Password, “Jesus” Cracks the Top 25

People: What are you doing? This is just getting sad now. Remember all of those password leak stories you’ve seen in the last few months? How many? One? Two? Three? More? While most of those leaks fall on the shoulders …

News Flash: Your “Private” Porn Has a Good Chance of Going Public News Flash: Your “Private” Porn Has a Good Chance of Going Public

If you are uploading sexually explicit photos and videos or yourself and/or your partner to the internet, you’re already living dangerously, my friend. And if you think that you will be able to keep it relatively private (or at least …