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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 …

If You Posted That Stupid Facebook Copyright Status, You Deserve This Sarcastic Remonstration

By now, you’re probably aware that you can’t copyright your content with a Facebook status and you probably think that everyone who thinks so is the dumbest person you’ve ever known. But if you happen to have a friend who …

Google Play Is Now No Country for Anonymous Reviewers Google Play Is Now No Country for Anonymous Reviewers
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If you prefer to hide behind the veil of anonymity when posting reviews, Google Play is probably not the place for you anymore. In a move that will pretty much wipe Google Play of nameless, faceless feedback, Google is now …

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 …