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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 …

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 …