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NSA “Cybercommander-In-Chief” & His Deputy To Resign
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It’s been said that no publicity is bad publicity, but if you happen to be Gen. Keith Alexander, this year would contain enough bad publicity to drown even walking scandal Anthony Weiner. From the news that he wasted taxpayer dollars …

Facebook Now Lets Teens Post Publicly but Will Default Them to Only ‘Friends’ Facebook Now Lets Teens Post Publicly but Will Default Them to Only ‘Friends’

If you have a teenager (13-17) who’s on Facebook, you’ll probably want to listen up. Facebook is making some changes to what they call the “teen experience,” and it amounts to a couple significant alterations in teenagers’ audience on the …

Yahoo Mail Gets ‘Very Serious’ About Security Yahoo Mail Gets ‘Very Serious’ About Security
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Update: A Yahoo spokesperson tells WebProNews, “In addition to making https a default feature by January 2014 for all Yahoo Mail users, we plan to implement 2048-bit encryption keys, which will provide our users with a further layer of security.” …

Do You Want Google Using Your Name And Face In Ads? Do You Want Google Using Your Name And Face In Ads?
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Google announced a new update to its terms of service the other day that is unsurprisingly ruffling some feathers. The change enables Google to use users’ profile names and photos across Google products as it sees fit. You know, like …

Your Unopened Snapchats Are Being Given to Police, But It’s a Rare Occurrence Your Unopened Snapchats Are Being Given to Police, But It’s a Rare Occurrence
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If you’re unaware that pretty much everything you do online is probably being tracked by someone, and all of the companies that house the content that you upload, post, tweet, and send on a daily basis routinely give it up …

Google Privacy Changes Draw Suspicion, Senator Pens Letter to FTC Google Privacy Changes Draw Suspicion, Senator Pens Letter to FTC
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One U.S. Senator wants the Federal Trade Commission to take another look at Google, this time for privacy changes the company announced last week that will allow them to use your name and face in advertisements. Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) …

Facebook Privacy News Gets The Taiwanese Animation Treatment Facebook Privacy News Gets The Taiwanese Animation Treatment

On Thursday, Facebook announced that users would no longer be able to keep their profiles out of Graph Search. Last year, the company already removed the ability for users who weren’t taking advantage of it. Now, people that were taking …

Mark Zuckerberg Just Wants a Little Privacy, Buys Up Adjacent Real Estate
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The CEO of Facebook just wants a little privacy. I know, the joke writes itself. Mark Zuckerberg has made a slightly unusual purchase, four of them to be exact. Mercury News reports that Zuck has just spent more than $30 …

Facebook Kills Privacy Setting That Was Probably Already Dead to You Facebook Kills Privacy Setting That Was Probably Already Dead to You
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Starting today, you will no longer be able to hide from other Facebook users in search. That means that your profile will always be visible in Graph Search, and there’s not a damn thing you can do about it. Ok, …

Yahoo Is Removing Email Addresses From People’s Contacts Yahoo Is Removing Email Addresses From People’s Contacts
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Yahoo has been removing contacts from Yahoo Mail users’ contacts lists without the consent of these users. We received an email about it from one angry user this morning. The user included a message they received from Yahoo Customer Care, …

Apparently Microsoft Recycles Email Addresses Too Apparently Microsoft Recycles Email Addresses Too

Yahoo has been making headlines in recent weeks thanks to an account recycling program it implemented recently, and the apparent security issues that have come along with it. It turns out that Microsoft has pretty much been doing the same …

How to Make Sure (Most) People Can’t Find Your Embarrassing Facebook Posts in Graph Search How to Make Sure (Most) People Can’t Find Your Embarrassing Facebook Posts in Graph Search

As you may have heard, Facebook just opened the floodgates when it comes to internet stalking. Yesterday, the company announced that Graph Search will now be able to pull up all of your old statuses, photo posts, check-ins, and basically …

Judge Says Gmail Might Be Breaking The Law Judge Says Gmail Might Be Breaking The Law
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Google continues to battle a class action lawsuit filed in may, claiming that the company is violating laws when it “opens” and “reads” emails. Earlier this month, Google asked a judge to dismiss the suit, but that didn’t happen. This …

Is Yahoo Doing Enough To Protect Sensitive Emails? Is Yahoo Doing Enough To Protect Sensitive Emails?
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If you used to be a Yahoo Mail user, but stopped using it in favor of another service a year ago or more, there’s a chance that sensitive emails meant for you are being delivered to other people thanks to …

LinkedIn Aims To Clear Up ‘False Accusations’ LinkedIn Aims To Clear Up ‘False Accusations’
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Last week, a class action lawsuit was filed against LinkedIn, alleging that it breaks into users’ email accounts. The company says the suit is “without merit”, and that accusations are false. Main St. (part of TheStreet Network) reported on the …

W3C Appoints Two New Co-Chairs To Do Not Track Working Group W3C Appoints Two New Co-Chairs To Do Not Track Working Group

The Do Not Track negotiations that have been taking place between advertisers and privacy advocates took a heavy blow yesterday when the Digital Advertising Alliance announced that it would be leaving the talks. Their departure caused some to wonder if …

Google Loses Street View Data Collection Appeal Google Loses Street View Data Collection Appeal

Google has lost its appeal in the big Street View privacy case stemming from when it collected personal data from people as its Street View cars drove around from 2008 to 2010. No word from the company on its Public …

Google Continues To Defend Its Decade-Long Gmail Privacy Stance In Court Google Continues To Defend Its Decade-Long Gmail Privacy Stance In Court
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Remember that decade when people were using Gmail, and not caring about Google algorithmically scanning messages and delivering ads based on them? It recently ended when Microsoft launched a campaign to promote its competing webmail product and trying to scare …

Twitter’s Protected Tweets and What They Mean Twitter’s Protected Tweets and What They Mean

So Twitter released this statement on August 29: Now if you’re confused by this, you can always check Twitter’s page on protected tweets and see what all the hubbub is, bub. If you’re someone who shrieks at the sheer sight …

Trent Reznor on Twitter, Oversharing, and How Dick Pics Aren’t OK Trent Reznor on Twitter, Oversharing, and How Dick Pics Aren’t OK

Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor may operate a Twitter account with over 1.6 million followers, but that doesn’t mean that he thinks all the sharing that’s going on over there is a-ok. Reznor recently sat down with SPIN magazine for …

Facebook Proposes Updates To Its Data Use Policy Facebook Proposes Updates To Its Data Use Policy

Late last year, Facebook held its final site governance vote with only a little over 650,000 users voting for or against changes to its newly proposed data use policy. The social network required that 30 percent of its 1 billion …