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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 …

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 …