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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 …

Google Accused Of Violating Your Privacy Again Google Accused Of Violating Your Privacy Again
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Google violates your privacy in all kinds of awful ways, or at least that’s what the online privacy proponents would have you believe. The last major privacy hurdle Google had to jump involved the company’s Street View service. Some investigations …

Criminal Investigation Into Google’s Street View To Be Dropped [Report] Criminal Investigation Into Google’s Street View To Be Dropped [Report]

Google has had trouble with its popular Street View product in Germany since the beginning. There were privacy concerns about it in the country before it finally received the go ahead from German courts, and ultimately launched in that country …

In A Surprise Move, Congress Claims To Care About Your Privacy In A Surprise Move, Congress Claims To Care About Your Privacy

Congress has proven time and time again that they don’t care whatsoever about your privacy. These are the same guys that tried to shove CIPSA and CSA through the system without any kind of debate. They claim to have good …

Online Advertisers Are Just Going To Ignore Microsoft’s ‘Do Not Track’ Signal Online Advertisers Are Just Going To Ignore Microsoft’s ‘Do Not Track’ Signal

Microsoft became one of the good guys earlier this year when they said that Internet Explorer 10 would have the “Do Not Track” option set to on by default. In a perfect world, it would tell online advertisers that a …

Facebook’s Sponsored Stories Lawsuit Gets New Settlement Facebook’s Sponsored Stories Lawsuit Gets New Settlement

Facebook is making another attempt to bring an end to a lawsuit over their advertising practices – mainly their Sponsored Stories ads. This time, after having a settlement rejected back in August, Facebook has changed up the monetary aspect of …

Facebook to Advertisers: Users Don’t Have to Click for It to Pay Off Facebook to Advertisers: Users Don’t Have to Click for It to Pay Off
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“It is the delivery of the marketing message to the right consumer, not the click, that creates real value for brand advertisers.” And with that, Facebook has a new strategy when it comes to convincing marketers that their ad dollars …

Pandora Didn’t Violate Your Privacy By Hooking Up With Facebook Pandora Didn’t Violate Your Privacy By Hooking Up With Facebook

Did you link your Pandora account with Facebook when the integration launched in 2010? Did you feel that your privacy was being infringed upon by doing so? If so, you might be upset to learn that the justice system doesn’t …

Facebook Takes Issue With Part Of Child Privacy Law Facebook Takes Issue With Part Of Child Privacy Law
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Websites that are collecting information from children under the age of thirteen are required to comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). Facebook is concerned with COPPA, in how it relates to plug-ins, like the company’s ever-popular “Like” …

Facebook Launches Redesigned Help Center, Makes Support Dashboard Available to Everyone Facebook Launches Redesigned Help Center, Makes Support Dashboard Available to Everyone

Facebook has just announced a couple of items that they say will improve user experience and allow them to better understand exactly what goes on inside the network: A redesigned Help Center and the complete rollout of the Support Dashboard. …

Facebook’s Retail Data Mining Already Being Questioned by Privacy Groups Facebook’s Retail Data Mining Already Being Questioned by Privacy Groups
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That was fast. Just a few days after multiple outlets reported on a new way Facebook is providing better analytics on ad campaigns to marketers, two electronic privacy groups have asked the Federal Trade Commission to look into whether or …

Facebook Stops That Weird “Is This Your Friend’s Real Name” Survey Facebook Stops That Weird “Is This Your Friend’s Real Name” Survey
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It’s not likely that you’ll receive a message from Facebook asking you to rat on one of your friends, as the company has confirmed that a recent test involving users’ real names has been completed. Last week, Facebook began sending …

Facebook Is Tracking What You Buy to Provide Marketers Better Ad Analytics Facebook Is Tracking What You Buy to Provide Marketers Better Ad Analytics
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Facebook’s already tenuous relationship with its users over privacy and the sharing of personal information has a new wrinkle, as it looks like Facebook has waded into the retail sales tracking business. According to The Financial Times, Facebook has already …

Facebook Now Lets You Delete Your Search History Facebook Now Lets You Delete Your Search History
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Since the dawn of search engines, internet users have utilized the ability to delete their search history. It’s a simple, quick, and painless way to prevent prying eyes from getting up in your business, for lack of a better phrase. …

Facebook Privacy Back In The News For A Few Reasons Facebook Privacy Back In The News For A Few Reasons

Several pieces of news have come out directly related to Facebook user privacy. First, the Wall Street Journal’s Liz Heron tweeted that Facebook Manager of Media Partnerships Andy Mitchell said that Facebook is “moving away from passive sharing on Open …

Email Privacy Law Going Before Senate Committee Today Email Privacy Law Going Before Senate Committee Today
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A Senate committee is going to soon discuss whether or not you should be allowed to share your Netflix history on Facebook. Some people are for it, while others are against it. More importantly, Sen. Patrick Leahy has snuck an …

Senate Discussing Changes To VPPA Today Senate Discussing Changes To VPPA Today

Have you ever wondered why you can’t share what you’re watching on Netflix via Facebook? You can thank VPPA for that. The Video Privacy Protection Act was introduced in 1984 in response to a Supreme Court nominee’s video rental records …

Twitter Finally Gives Up Occupy Protester’s Tweets Twitter Finally Gives Up Occupy Protester’s Tweets
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The saga of New York criminal court, Twitter, and #Occupy protestor Malcolm Harris appears to have come to a close, as Twitter has officially handed over tweets that they had been fighting to protect for months. The story, which begins …

Lawyer Posts Photo of Client’s Underwear on Facebook, Quickly Leads to Mistrial Lawyer Posts Photo of Client’s Underwear on Facebook, Quickly Leads to Mistrial
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We’ve seen plenty of stories over the last few years involving court proceedings, social media, and how the two often run up against each other. We’ve seen a couple of cases that have gotten thrown out due to juries with …

Texas Schools Tracking Student Location with RFID Texas Schools Tracking Student Location with RFID
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In “whoa buddy, I’m not so sure about that” news, one Texas school district is in the process of implementing a new way to ensure student safety and make sure that kids are where they need to be while on …

StumbleUpon Gets Privacy Policy Update StumbleUpon Gets Privacy Policy Update

StumbleUpon has sent an email to users discussing some updates it is making to its terms of service and privacy policy. The privacy policy updates is effective now, but the update to the terms begins next month. Part of the …