Quantcast

Privacy Articles

TSA Cuts Out Backscatter Body Scans at Airports

When the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) began using backscatter X-ray machines, privacy advocates balked at the notion of TSA employees seeing a colorless image of passengers’ naked bodies. Not long after, naked airport protests embarrassed the TSA and worries of …

Google Glass Gets Its Own “Privacy Cover” Google Glass Gets Its Own “Privacy Cover”
· 2

A lot of people are concerned about Google Glass. Most feel that those who use the wearable computers will be infringing on their privacy with the device’s camera. There’s a simple solution though – just put a box over it. …

Is Google Bringing Incognito Mode To Android? Is Google Bringing Incognito Mode To Android?
· 2

Incognito mode for Chrome is super helpful not just as a privacy feature, but also for letting your friends use Chrome without using your Google account. A recent comment from Android head Sundar Pichai suggests that we could see a …

Should Facial Recognition Be Allowed On Google Glass? Should Facial Recognition Be Allowed On Google Glass?
· 26

The “Terminator” films have been mentioned more than a handful of times in discussions about Google Glass, and this is not going to do anything to make the comparison less relevant. Facial recognition is reportedly coming to Google Glass, potentially …

Germany, Australia Think The Xbox One Is An Orwellian Nightmare
· 4

Much of the controversy surrounding the Xbox One thus far has been focused on its vague used game policy. Now another controversy may be brewing in countries with strong privacy laws. Gamasutra reports that both Germany and Australia have expressed …

Sen. Rand Paul Introduces Online Privacy Protection Bill Sen. Rand Paul Introduces Online Privacy Protection Bill
· 4

There’s not a lack of online privacy protection bills floating around Congress at the moment, but it can’t hurt to have one more. On Thursday, Sen. Rand Paul introduced the Fourth Amendment Preservation and Protection Act, or S. 1037, to …

Now Some Members Of Congress Are Scared Of Google Glass Now Some Members Of Congress Are Scared Of Google Glass

Google Glass has sparked a conversation on the value of privacy ever since it was revealed last year. Those arguing for or against have become much louder in recent months, however, since the hardware is now in the hands of …

Justice Department Says It May Support Email Privacy Bill Justice Department Says It May Support Email Privacy Bill
· 3

In the debate over email privacy, law enforcement has usually been on the side claiming a warrant requirement when accessing email would impede investigations. It’s a good sign then when the largest law enforcement agency – the Department of Justice …

Do The Privacy Implications Of Google Glass Scare You? Do The Privacy Implications Of Google Glass Scare You?
· 30

Google Glass has some people spooked. They think that Glass turns those who wear the technology into a surveillance cyborg. Now some groups are calling upon the government to take action. Do you think Google Glass should be banned? Let …

Reddit’s New Privacy Policy Is Written for Clarity, Specificity Reddit’s New Privacy Policy Is Written for Clarity, Specificity

Reddit has just announced that they have completely rewritten their privacy policy “from the ground up,” to be clearer and more accessible to the average user. “For some time now, the reddit privacy policy has been a bit of legal …

EFF: Twitter Has Your Back, Apple Not So Much When It Comes to Protecting User Data EFF: Twitter Has Your Back, Apple Not So Much When It Comes to Protecting User Data

The Electronic Frontier Foundation, champions of the public interest in matters related to free speech and digital privacy, has just released their latest report on which companies actively help protect your data from the government. It’s called the “Who has …

Airbnb’s New Verification Program Requires Offline ID, Rolling Out to 25% of Users Today Airbnb’s New Verification Program Requires Offline ID, Rolling Out to 25% of Users Today
· 1

“Trust is the key to our community,” says Airbnb’s Vivek Wagle. “There is no place for anonymity in a trusted community.” And with that, Airbnb announces a move that is likely to ruffle the feathers of some users, while engendering …

CISPA Add-On Banning Employers from Seeking Facebook Passwords Killed CISPA Add-On Banning Employers from Seeking Facebook Passwords Killed
· 30

As you probably know, on Thursday the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, better known as CISPA. The bill, which aims to help the government react to cybersecurity threats by making it easier to …

Millennials Are Willing to Barter Their Privacy, Shows Study Millennials Are Willing to Barter Their Privacy, Shows Study

A new study shows that the current debate about online privacy may wane as those who grew up online begin to take over. The survey, conducted at the University of Southern Calfornia (USC), shows that members of the Millennial generation …

CISPA Is Kind Of Dead, But Not Really CISPA Is Kind Of Dead, But Not Really
· 5

Last week, a cry rang out from privacy advocates everywhere as the House overwhelmingly passed CISPA. Those same advocates soon gathered up their forces for a fight in the Senate, but it looks like the Senate got to killing CISPA …

Senate To Take Up Email Privacy Bill Today Senate To Take Up Email Privacy Bill Today

UPDATE: And it passed. Last week, Sen. Patrick Leahy said that the Senate Judiciary Committee would be marking up an update to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. The decades old bill allows law enforcement to obtain emails without a warrant …

Google Wallet Will No Longer Violate Your Privacy Google Wallet Will No Longer Violate Your Privacy

It was revealed back in February that Google Play sent your personal details to developers whenever you bought their apps on the Play store. It caused a small outcry among the Android community, and Congress even got involved. Google is …

Microsoft Advertises Do Not Track In Internet Explorer Microsoft Advertises Do Not Track In Internet Explorer

Microsoft has been one of the strongest proponents of Do Not Track since it announced that Internet Explorer 10 would turn it on by default. Advertisers didn’t exactly like this, and even threatened to ignore all signals from Internet Explorer …

Google Fined $190K For Wi-Fi Data Collection In Germany Google Fined $190K For Wi-Fi Data Collection In Germany

Google is still taking heat and being fined over the Wi-Fi data collection fiasco that took place between 2008 and 2010. This morning, Bloomberg reports that a German regulator has fined the company 145,000 euros ($189,230) over the debacle. From …

House Passes CISPA, Controversial Cybersecurity Bill Moves To Senate House Passes CISPA, Controversial Cybersecurity Bill Moves To Senate
· 3

During a vote in the House today, a majority of representatives voted in favor of passing CISPA for the second year in a row. Now the bill heads to the Senate where it will either live or die. Free Internet …

CISPA Amendment Stripped Of Its Pro-Privacy Provision CISPA Amendment Stripped Of Its Pro-Privacy Provision
· 2

We reported yesterday that CISPA was finally shaping up. Rep. Mike McCaul introduced an amendment late into the game that would have forced companies to share customers’ private information only with the Department of Homeland Security. It sounded too good …