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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 …

noPhoto Wants to Stick It to the Man, One Avoided Traffic Cam Ticket at a Time noPhoto Wants to Stick It to the Man, One Avoided Traffic Cam Ticket at a Time

Freedom, security, and privacy. Those are some pretty weighty concepts to be used in the discussion of license plate technology. But that’s what noLimits Enterprises says it can give drivers all across the country with its new product, noPhoto. “The …

Verizon Highlights Its Privacy Policy in the Wake of Windows Phone Rumors Verizon Highlights Its Privacy Policy in the Wake of Windows Phone Rumors
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Earlier today rumors surfaced that Windows Phone 8 devices scheduled to be sold and used on Verizon’s network might be delayed or even cancelled. The story is that Verizon wants more access to Windows 8 smartphones, to better collect users’ …

Verizon Might Cancel Its Entire Windows Phone 8 Line [Rumor] Verizon Might Cancel Its Entire Windows Phone 8 Line [Rumor]
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AT&T is poised to be the number one carrier for Windows Phone 8 this holiday season. Many Verizon customers, who also happen to be Windows Phone fans, were distraught to find that the Lumia 920 was exclusive to AT&T. Now …

What Personalization, Privacy And Competition Mean For Google’s Future What Personalization, Privacy And Competition Mean For Google’s Future
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As previously reported, Google has expanded its field trial for Gmail results on web search results pages. Now, it includes Google Drive and Google Content (though you have to actually sign up for the new field trial to get these …

Europe Isn’t Satisfied With Google’s Privacy Policy Are You? Europe Isn’t Satisfied With Google’s Privacy Policy Are You?
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As expected, the Commission Nationale de l’Informatique (CNIL), France’s data protection authority announced today that it, along with numerous other European data protection agencies, finds Google’s privacy policy changes (made earlier this year) unsatisfactory. The authorities say that Google does …

Gay Students’ Outing Highlights Privacy Flaws in Facebook Groups Gay Students’ Outing Highlights Privacy Flaws in Facebook Groups
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If you’re under the impression that you can maintain social media accounts and still have true privacy, you’re probably going to have a bad time. Although there are ways to make sure only certain people can see your Facebook posts, …

EU Will Tell Google To “Unravel” Its Privacy Policy On Tuesday [Report] EU Will Tell Google To “Unravel” Its Privacy Policy On Tuesday [Report]

According to a report from the Guardian out today, Google will be told on Tuesday to “unravel” the changes it made to its European privacy policy earlier this year. As you may know, the company launched a major privacy policy …