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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 …

LinkedIn Now Lets You Block People LinkedIn Now Lets You Block People

LinkedIn announced that users can now block other members. According to the company, this has unsurprisingly been a highly requested feature. “I come to you today to assure you that your concerns were heard loud and clear,” writes LinkedIn Trust …

FCC Wants Greater Control Of The News

The Federal Communications Commission is planning on conducting a study to determine how news outlets decide what topics to take up. It sounds simple and innocent enough, but many are critical about the move on speculations that it is the …

Facebook Adds a Ton of New Gender Options in Support of LGBT Community Facebook Adds a Ton of New Gender Options in Support of LGBT Community

Facebook continues to give tons of support to the LGBT community, and today they are taking another step in that direction by offering users a host of new options when they select their gender. “When you come to Facebook to …

Facebook Sends Teen’s Emails to Stranger Facebook Sends Teen’s Emails to Stranger
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Facebook is sometimes a fickle friend, but what if your private messages and notifications were being sent to a complete stranger? That’s what happened between an American mom and a teenage girl in Mexico, according to Fox News. Kristal McKenzie …

Instagram Bug That Could’ve Made Private Photos Public Fixed (Operative Word Being Could’ve) Instagram Bug That Could’ve Made Private Photos Public Fixed (Operative Word Being Could’ve)

It looks like Instagram users are lucky that a vulnerability was never utilized – even though the bug was there for at least 6 months. Barcelona-based security researcher Christian Lopez has just revealed that Facebook has effectively plugged a vulnerability …

NSA Gets Its Very First Privacy Officer NSA Gets Its Very First Privacy Officer

The NSA has always been a controversial government agency as its actions are deemed to go too far at times. Even before the Snowden leaks, people were skeptical of the agency after it was revealed that its powers were abused …

Nest: If Privacy Policy Changes Under Google, It Will Be Opt-In Nest: If Privacy Policy Changes Under Google, It Will Be Opt-In

Google announced a week ago that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Nest Labs, the company behind the Nest Thermostat and Nest Protect smart thermostat and smoke detector devices. Naturally, many Nest device users and otherwise curious parties …

In Case You Missed The Memo, ‘Google+ Is Google (Which Includes Gmail)’ In Case You Missed The Memo, ‘Google+ Is Google (Which Includes Gmail)’
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Google announced a new change to Gmail this week, enabling people to send messages to Google+ users without knowing their email address. If you have a Gmail account and a Google+ account, you can send such messages to other Google+ …