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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 …

Groklaw To Shut Down As Editor Doesn’t Want Government Going Through Its Virtual Underwear Groklaw To Shut Down As Editor Doesn’t Want Government Going Through Its Virtual Underwear
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Groklaw, an award-winning and highly respected legal site dealing mainly in software law, is shutting down due to fears of government spying. Specifically, the site’s editor Pam Jones has determined that she can’t stand the idea of the government reading …

Do Users And Businesses Have Legitimate Gripes With Gmail? Do Users And Businesses Have Legitimate Gripes With Gmail?
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Google is making waves with Gmail a lot these days for a variety of reasons, and this week, users are freaking out about something the company said in a court document regarding email privacy. Combine that with the new compose …

Facebook Assuages Photo-Posting Privacy Concerns, Talks EXIF Data Facebook Assuages Photo-Posting Privacy Concerns, Talks EXIF Data
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You may have seen a viral message sweeping around Facebook lately – one that claims that simply posting a photo on the network could open you up to info-snooping. Basically, the warning suggests that stored EXIF metadata in photos are …

Wikimedia Plans To Beef Up Security Across Projects With HTTPS Wikimedia Plans To Beef Up Security Across Projects With HTTPS
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The Wikimedia Foundation is working on making its projects more secure to protect users’ privacy. As one can imagine, there are plenty of technological obstacles that the foundation must overcome, so it’s going through the process a little at a …

DuckDuckGo Had Over 100 Million Searches In July DuckDuckGo Had Over 100 Million Searches In July

As terms like “NSA” and “PRISM” start to embody the modern-day bogey man for many who take ideas like privacy seriously, a small, but increasing amount of web users alter their behavior accordingly. This means leaving popular services like Google, …

Facebook Releases Guide to Help Prevent Abuse in Partnership with Domestic Violence Group Facebook Releases Guide to Help Prevent Abuse in Partnership with Domestic Violence Group

Facebook is looking to make a push to help prevent domestic abuse in the social media realm by teaming up with its safety advisory board to launch a new guide for survivors of such abuse. The main partnership here is …

NTIA Introduces Mobile App Code of Conduct For Privacy NTIA Introduces Mobile App Code of Conduct For Privacy

The U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) this week announced that its stakeholder partners for an app transparency process will soon begin testing a voluntary code of conduct for mobile app privacy. The code implores app developers to, “where …

Developer Works Around Google Glass Restrictions With Custom OS Developer Works Around Google Glass Restrictions With Custom OS
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Google Glass has a lot of potential, but some may feel that Google is squandering said potential with its heavy handed regulation. The company has already banned porn and facial recognition apps from being developed for the device. Before Google …

Google, Facebook And Others Are Fighting To Protect Your Email Privacy Google, Facebook And Others Are Fighting To Protect Your Email Privacy
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Remember the ECPA? The bill, and others like it, would require government officials to obtain a warrant before requesting emails and other communication data from any Internet service provider. Some in government don’t like that proposed requirement very much, and …

Is Microsoft The Biggest Big Brother Of Them All? Is Microsoft The Biggest Big Brother Of Them All?
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Microsoft made headlines yesterday when its CEO, Steve Ballmer, announced a massive restructuring of the company. His vision is to have Microsoft provide everything for your life through a number of devices – including phones, TVs, computers and tablets. It’s …

Microsoft Allows NSA/FBI To Access Outlook, Skype, Other Communication Software Microsoft Allows NSA/FBI To Access Outlook, Skype, Other Communication Software
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Over at the YouTube page for Microsoft’s Your Privacy is Our Priority video, the description features the following promise: The lines between public and private may never be perfect, but at Microsoft we are going to keep on trying, because …

NSA Is Writing Security Code For Android NSA Is Writing Security Code For Android
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The openness of Android has always been a blessing and a curse. It’s a blessing because anybody can do what they want with it, but that openness means far more instances of malware and hacking. Now the NSA is reportedly …

Japanese Officials Confuse Google Groups Privacy Settings, Leak Internal Trade Memos Japanese Officials Confuse Google Groups Privacy Settings, Leak Internal Trade Memos

It appears that some government officials in Japan have found themselves scrambling after a Google Groups privacy misstep allowed internal memos to be open and available for anyone to browse at their convenience. According to the AFP, the incident occurred …

Lawsuit Against NSA Can Move Forward As Judge Smacks Down State Secret Defense Lawsuit Against NSA Can Move Forward As Judge Smacks Down State Secret Defense
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Many of the questionable actions taken by our government in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks have been defended on the grounds of state secrecy or executive privilege. It’s been pretty effective thus far in stopping challenges mounted against …

AT&T’s Info Collecting Program: How To Opt Out AT&T’s Info Collecting Program: How To Opt Out

Earlier this week, AT&T announced that they were getting in the business of selling anonymized information about their customers to buyers. In the Internet world, aggregate and anonymous data can be used by retailers, advertisers and marketing companies to figure …

FTC’s Stricter Rules on Collecting Kid’s Data Are Now in Effect FTC’s Stricter Rules on Collecting Kid’s Data Are Now in Effect
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Today, the Federal Trade Commission’s updated Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act rules officially go into effect. The modifications, first announced last year, attempt to keep the safeguards on the collection of young children’s information current with expanding technology. The new …

New PRISM Slides Reveal How The NSA Collects And Analyzes Data New PRISM Slides Reveal How The NSA Collects And Analyzes Data

When the NSA spy programs were leaked in early June, President Obama and his administration assured Americans that the programs were subject to rigorous oversight. We already knew that wasn’t exactly true, but new slides published by the Washington Post …