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ACLU Says D.C. Police Illegally Seized Man’s Cellphone After Photographing Alleged Misconduct ACLU Says D.C. Police Illegally Seized Man’s Cellphone After Photographing Alleged Misconduct
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The American Civil Liberties Union has just filed a lawsuit against the District of Columbia and two police officers after alleging that they violated the law by seizing a man’s cellphone and stealing his memory card. The plaintiff in the …

Democratic Party Platform Touches on Internet Freedom Democratic Party Platform Touches on Internet Freedom

On the eve of the kickoff of their 2012 National Convention, the Democrats released their official party platform. And just like the Republicans did in their official platform, they’ve included a small segment concerning “Internet Freedom.” It looks like the …

Consumer Watchdog Challenges Google’s FTC Settlement Over “Safari-gate” Consumer Watchdog Challenges Google’s FTC Settlement Over “Safari-gate”

Consumer Watchdog announced today that it has won the right to oppose the recently announced $22.5 million Google settlement with the FTC. Despite the fact that this was the largest fine the FTC has ever given a single company, and …

New McAfee App Shields Your Facebook Photos from Prying Eyes New McAfee App Shields Your Facebook Photos from Prying Eyes
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For some Facebook users, I guess it’s a constant battle between wanting to share things like photos with the community and being a bit afraid of losing control of those photos to the web at large. If you’re looking for …

Google Creating A Red Team To Protect You From Themselves Google Creating A Red Team To Protect You From Themselves

Google has always had the personal motto of “Don’t Be Evil.” That motto has become a joke among people in the tech industry lately as Google has been caught violating privacy rules in both “Safari-gate” and their collection of private …

Should Facebook Monitor Chats to Help Snag Child Predators? Should Facebook Monitor Chats to Help Snag Child Predators?
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Let’s face it; social media and privacy are always going to be two warring parties. Sure, privacy controls help users define who can see what on sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest (and some sites offer simpler, more accessible privacy …

Facebook’s Sponsored Stories Settlement Denied Facebook’s Sponsored Stories Settlement Denied

A District Judge has denied, without prejudice, a settlement hammered out by Facebook and plaintiffs in a class-action suit directed at the companies advertising practices – more specifically their Sponsored Stories ads. The original suit involved five California plaintiffs that …

Friendly Reminder: Watch Out for Geotagged Tweets Mentioning “Home” Friendly Reminder: Watch Out for Geotagged Tweets Mentioning “Home”

People give out a lot of personal information via social media, many would say too much information. Much of it is voluntary, and the user knows they’re putting themselves out there. Filling out your profile information, tagging yourself in a …

Your Deleted Drunken Facebook Photos Are Now Truly Deleted in a Timely Fashion Your Deleted Drunken Facebook Photos Are Now Truly Deleted in a Timely Fashion

Have you ever woken up after a night of too many Irish car bombs, only to find that you may have played a little fast and loose with your iPhone camera and your Facebook app? Yes, embarrassing photos happen to …

Judge: Your Facebook Friends Can Legally Show Cops Your Profile Judge: Your Facebook Friends Can Legally Show Cops Your Profile
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If you think that privacy settings will stop a persistent investigator from accessing your profile information, status updates, and various other types of personal Facebook data – think again. According to a ruling by U.S. District Judge Williams Pauley III, …

Facebook Dodges FTC Fines Over Privacy After Google Gets Nailed Facebook Dodges FTC Fines Over Privacy After Google Gets Nailed
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A day after handing Google the largest fine it has ever handed to a single company, for allegedly deceiving users over privacy, the FTC has settled another privacy matter with Google’s industry rival Facebook, with no fine at all, provided …

FTC Lawyer Gloats About Big Win Against Google FTC Lawyer Gloats About Big Win Against Google

Yesterday, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission announced that Google will pay a $22.5 million penalty to settle a privacy case related to tracking cookies in Apple’s Safari browser. This is the largest fine a single company has ever had to …

FTC Announces Google’s Massive Fine For “Safari-gate” Settlement FTC Announces Google’s Massive Fine For “Safari-gate” Settlement
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Last month, it was reported that Google was about to pay a $22.5 million penalty, courtesy of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, for privacy issues in what became known as “Safari-gate”. Today, that settlement has been officially confirmed, as the …

Facebook Wants You To Help Identify Phishing Scams Facebook Wants You To Help Identify Phishing Scams
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Anyone who’s spent even a little bit of time on Facebook knows that users need to be vigilant. Phishing attacks, although relatively rare, do exist, and Facebook’s media-rich login based system is the perfect place for scammers to target potential …

Australian Government: Google Must Destroy Street View Data, Commit To Third-Party Audit Australian Government: Google Must Destroy Street View Data, Commit To Third-Party Audit
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In 2010, it was revealed that Google had collected personal information of users with its Street View vehicles. The controversy that went along with that continues, even now in to mid-2012. The company recently revealed that it found more related …

NYPD Battles Twitter, Wins With Court Order NYPD Battles Twitter, Wins With Court Order

A Twitter user posted tweets this week, indicating intentions to initiate an Aurora-like murder rampage, and the police took these tweets seriously enough to investigate. The user is quoted as tweeting things like, “i’m serious, people are gonna die like …

Congressman Hank Johnson Wants To Protect Your Privacy Congressman Hank Johnson Wants To Protect Your Privacy

There are a lot of privacy debates flowing through our nation at the moment. Where do we draw the line when drafting legislation that helps protect the Internet and those who profit from it, but still retaining the privacy rights …

Cybersecurity Act Of 2012 Might Actually End Up Being Pro-Privacy Cybersecurity Act Of 2012 Might Actually End Up Being Pro-Privacy

The latest bill to address the flaws in our nation’s cybersecurity is now in the stage where senators can introduce amendments. While CISPA didn’t get that many amendments added on to it, the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 is getting bombarded …

French Privacy Authority CNIL Wants Google’s Street View Data French Privacy Authority CNIL Wants Google’s Street View Data

Google has reportedly been asked to provide CNIL, a privacy watchdog in France, with data it collected from Street View, which it has not deleted. Last week, reports emerged that the company acknowledged that it had not kept a promise …

DARPA Wants To Predict Terrorism, Crime By Analyzing Social Media DARPA Wants To Predict Terrorism, Crime By Analyzing Social Media
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DARPA, the branch of the military that researches new tools of defense, is looking for a contractor to build them a new tool in the fight against terrorism. It isn’t a new super weapon, but rather something that concerns those …

Skype Promises That They’re Not Spying On You Skype Promises That They’re Not Spying On You

Skype has been in the news more often the past few weeks thanks to some rumors that Microsoft is now using the service to spy on users. It all started with some rumor mongering that their upgrade to Linux servers …