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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 …

FBI Spends $1 Billion On Nationwide Facial Recognition Program FBI Spends $1 Billion On Nationwide Facial Recognition Program
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Privacy is dead. The Internet made sure of that a long time ago. It just takes a little snooping and people will be able to find all kinds of dirt on you. Even if our online identity is compromised, we …

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 …