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Dakota Fanning Won’t Parade Personal Life

Dakota Fanning is insistent upon the fact that she won’t parade her personal life in front of anyone’s cameras. And at times the Very Good Girls star is a bit miffed at how people think they know her personally. It’s …

Try Facebook’s Creepy Mood Experiment on Yourself with New Chrome Extension Try Facebook’s Creepy Mood Experiment on Yourself with New Chrome Extension

Did you miss on on Facebook’s controversial 2012 mood experiment that altered the makeup of your news feed, hoping to make you really, really sad? Of course you did – as far as you know. You’re never going to know …

Facebook’s Experiment Was ‘Poorly Communicated’ Says Sheryl Sandberg Facebook’s Experiment Was ‘Poorly Communicated’ Says Sheryl Sandberg

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has apologized to Facebook users for the unannounced and just recently unearthed psychological experiment it conducted on a small number of users back in 2012. She says that the news feed experiment was “poorly communicated”. The …

Regulators Probe Facebook’s Emotion Experiment Regulators Probe Facebook’s Emotion Experiment

An experiment Facebook conducted with some of its users two years ago has been getting a lot of negative attention in recent days after a paper about it was published. The company basically took about 700,000 users, and tested the …

Actually, Facebook Changed Its Terms To Cover That Experiment After It Was Over Actually, Facebook Changed Its Terms To Cover That Experiment After It Was Over

The plot thickens. As you may know, it has come to light that Facebook ran an experiment with nearly 700,000 users in 2012, showing how it could manipulate emotions by showing users more positive or negative content in their News …

Facebook Fights ‘Unprecedented’ Data Grab Facebook Fights ‘Unprecedented’ Data Grab

Facebook says that they are currently fighting a “set of sweeping search warrants” in an effort to protect their users’ information – and so far it’s a fight that they’ve been losing. “Since last summer, we’ve been fighting hard against …

Facebook Says It’s ‘Not Always Listening’ as Petition Against New Feature Nears 600,000 Signatures Facebook Says It’s ‘Not Always Listening’ as Petition Against New Feature Nears 600,000 Signatures

A lot of people, both Facebook users and otherwise, don’t really trust Facebook. So, when Facebook announced a new feature that can passively listen to users’ background activity in order to easily identify songs, TV shows, and movies for status-sharing …

Hundreds of Thousands Petition Facebook to Abandon Creepy Passive Listening Feature Hundreds of Thousands Petition Facebook to Abandon Creepy Passive Listening Feature

Given the fact that a large amount of people–users and non-users alike–have a severe distrust of Facebook and their intentions, it’s not that surprising that hundreds of thousands of people have already signed a petition asking that the largest social …

Facebook Privacy Default Now ‘Friends’ for New Users, the Rest of Us Get the Privacy Dinosaur Facebook Privacy Default Now ‘Friends’ for New Users, the Rest of Us Get the Privacy Dinosaur

Facebook has just announced a small change to new user privacy and an new initiative for old user privacy that at its core, wants to make sure that people are sharing everything with the correct audience. You know, like only …

Post Snowden, Tech Companies Are Much More Transparent and Protective of User Privacy Post Snowden, Tech Companies Are Much More Transparent and Protective of User Privacy

In May of 2013, the Electronic Frontier Foundation published their third-ever “Who Has Your Back” report, which looks at major tech companies and how they stack up when it comes to protecting user data and privacy. In the six criteria …

Google Glass Champion Has Realization at Skrillex Show Google Glass Champion Has Realization at Skrillex Show

Sudden clarity Robert Scoble had a realization at a Skrillex show recently. Robert Scoble was at a Skrillex show? Yes, it was Coachella. Oh, ok. Proceed. Google has a serious problem when it comes to Google Glass. Check out his …

FTC to Facebook: Don’t Screw with User Privacy After WhatsApp Acquisition FTC to Facebook: Don’t Screw with User Privacy After WhatsApp Acquisition

Today, Facebook Chief Privacy Officer Erin Egan and WhatsApp General Counsel Anne Hoge received a diplomatic, but pointed letter from Jessica Rich, the Federal Trade Commussion’s Bureau of Consumer Protection head. And the TL;DR version is this: don’t screw with …

Utah Revenge Porn Ban Signed into Law Utah Revenge Porn Ban Signed into Law

Utah has just become the latest state to pass laws specifically banning “distributing intimate images of a person without that person’s permission.” These bills are generally drafted to tackle so-called revenge porn. Governor Gary R. Herbert signed the bill, HB71, …

Obama’s NSA Overhaul: Worth a Damn?

After an outpouring of outrage from Americans about their loss of privacy, President Obama is calling on the NSA to change how it does business. The question is, “Will this make any real difference?” At the heart of most of …

School Will Pay for Violating Teen’s Rights over Facebook Posts School Will Pay for Violating Teen’s Rights over Facebook Posts

The ACLU is declaring victory in a lawsuit against the Minnewaska, Minnesota School District–one that could have implications in how schools construct privacy policies around students and their off-campus social media use. The story focuses on Riley Stratton, who the …

Facebook Tests Privacy Checkup So You Don’t Make a Complete Ass of Yourself Facebook Tests Privacy Checkup So You Don’t Make a Complete Ass of Yourself

Facebook tests new features and little tweaks all the time, and the majority of them never make it to primetime (meaning a global rollout). But here’s one that we think would be rather helpful. The company is testing a new …

Stingray: Local Cops Track Cell Phones Like NSA

According to the Associated Press, police are able to track your cell phone with a device called Stingray. The mechanism is a suitcase-sized tool manufactured by the Harris Corporation that mimics a cell phone tower. There is not much known …

WhatsApp ‘Sets Record Straight’ On Facebook Acquisition WhatsApp ‘Sets Record Straight’ On Facebook Acquisition

A little less than a month ago, Facebook announced that it is acquiring WhatsApp for about $19 billion. There have been countless articles about what this deal will mean for WhatsApp users in the meantime, and apparently WhatsApp hasn’t been …

MTA Transit Employees Have Their Personal Info Exposed In Data Breach

Around 15,000 current and former workers of the New York City Transit Authority have their Social Security number and other personal data exposed after the information was found on a CD, which was still inside a refurbished CD-ROM drive. The …

Edward Snowden Appears At SXSW; Calls For Better Online Security Measures

In a rare public appearance, fugitive and National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden addressed the audience of the SXSW conference regarding Internet privacy and surveillance. The conference, which was held on Monday in Austin, Texas, put the controversial U.S. intelligence …

Mass. Upskirting Photos Ruled Legal; Lawmakers Vote to Ban

The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts on ruled it legal to take photos underneath a person’s clothing, known as “upskirting.” The high court said on Wednesday that the practice did not violate the law, because the “Peeping Tom” statute only …