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Lawmaker Wants Larry Page To Address Google Play Privacy Concerns Lawmaker Wants Larry Page To Address Google Play Privacy Concerns
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Google Play, and subsequently Google Wallet, were subjected to scrutiny last week for its privacy policy. A developer found that the service sends him a customer’s personal information at the time of purchase. Some see it as a massive invasion …

Facebook ‘Gold’ Hoax Returns with the Added Bonus of a Privacy Scare Facebook ‘Gold’ Hoax Returns with the Added Bonus of a Privacy Scare

A new Facebook hoax that’s circulating around the network suggests that users need to upgrade to a “Gold” level membership status in order to avoid having their private info leaked for all to see. Hoax-Slayer first spotted the hoax. Here’s …

Facebook Wins Battle in Germany Over Real Names Policy Facebook Wins Battle in Germany Over Real Names Policy
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Facebook has won a court challenge in Germany that will see its real names policy upheld in the country. Back in December, Germany’s data protection office Unabhaengiges Landeszentrum fuer Datenschutz (ULD) issued a ruling against Facebook’s real names policy, claiming …

Facebook: Our Policies Regarding Minors Carry Over to Graph Search Facebook: Our Policies Regarding Minors Carry Over to Graph Search

We’ve already covered how Facebook’s new Graph Search feature may cause some privacy concerns for some users. It’s not that Graph Search allows people to see any more of your information than is already available, but it does make it …

Valentine’s Day ‘Scroogled’ Video Has A Google ‘Cyborg’ Reading People’s Mail Valentine’s Day ‘Scroogled’ Video Has A Google ‘Cyborg’ Reading People’s Mail
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As you may know, Microsoft recently resurrected its “Scroogled” campaign against Google, attacking Gmail in the latest round. More on the campaign here, but the premise is basically that Microsoft wants Gmail users to be aware that Google serves them …

Should You Be Concerned About The Return Of CISPA? Should You Be Concerned About The Return Of CISPA?
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On Wednesday of last week, we heard that the House Intelligence Committee was going to reintroduce CISPA after working with the White House on a revised bill that sufficiently addressed the Obama administration’s concerns. The hope of a reworked, and …

Yes, Facebook May Owe You $10; That Email Isn’t a Scam Yes, Facebook May Owe You $10; That Email Isn’t a Scam
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Million and millions of U.S. Facebook users received an email last weekend that read LEGAL NOTICE OF SETTLEMENT OF CLASS ACTION – just like that, in all caps. It says that “a federal court authorized this notice,” and that it’s …

House Intelligence Committee Collaborating With Obama Administration On New CISPA House Intelligence Committee Collaborating With Obama Administration On New CISPA
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CISPA was one of the more worrisome Internet-related bills of 2012. It threatened the online privacy of just about everyone by allowing corporations to share information with governments in the hopes of sniffing out cyber threats. The House approved bill …

Path Settles With FTC Over Privacy Issues Path Settles With FTC Over Privacy Issues

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission announced today that Path has agreed to settle FTC charges that it deceived users by collecting personal info from mobile device address books without users’ knowledge and consent and violated COPPA . Path is now …

Mozilla Was Most Trusted Internet Company For Privacy In 2012 Mozilla Was Most Trusted Internet Company For Privacy In 2012

January 28 is Data Privacy Day. It’s a topic that has become increasingly more important in recent years as more of our information moves to the Internet. Consumers are largely untrusting when it comes to Internet companies, but one has …

Twitter Launches New Transparency Report Home, Releases Second Report Twitter Launches New Transparency Report Home, Releases Second Report
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Twitter announced today that it is launching a new Transparency Report home page at transparency.twitter.com. The announcement comes on Data Privacy Day, and the week following the latest release of Google’s Transparency Report. Twitter first released a Transparency Report of …

Google Facing Legal Action In UK Over ‘Safari-Gate’ Google Facing Legal Action In UK Over ‘Safari-Gate’
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Google continues to deal with the fallout from “Safari-gate” privacy scandal that led to a record fine (for a single company) from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission last August. The company was fined $22.5 million. Now, iPhone users in the …

Dallas Police Succeed in Clearing the Streets of Rogue Fruit Dallas Police Succeed in Clearing the Streets of Rogue Fruit

It’s good advice for anyone to check their sharing settings on any app before they use it – unless people want every high score, game achievement, or check-in to appear on their connected Twitter and Facebook feeds. This advice is …

Google Outlines What It’s Doing To Protect Your Data From The Government Google Outlines What It’s Doing To Protect Your Data From The Government
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With today being Data Privacy Day, Google took to several of its blogs to outline three initiatives it says it is focused on, related to privacy as it pertains to protection of consumers’ information and government requests. The company will …

Facebook’s ‘Ask Our CPO’ Privacy Dialogue Launches in the Wake of the Death of the User Vote Facebook’s ‘Ask Our CPO’ Privacy Dialogue Launches in the Wake of the Death of the User Vote

Prior to mid-December of last year, Facebook ran a program that asked users to vote on any prospective changes to the site’s policies, mainly the Statement of Right and Responsibilities and the Data Use policy. It was called the Site …

The Web Can Be A Dangerous Place: Learn To Protect Yourself The Web Can Be A Dangerous Place: Learn To Protect Yourself
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Malware, phishing scams and other dangerous entities are all over the Web these days. A report from earlier this month said 2013 was going to be even worse than 2012 in regards to the proliferation of malware across the net. …

Advocacy Groups Ask Skype To Release Transparency Report Advocacy Groups Ask Skype To Release Transparency Report
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Skype was embroiled in a mini-controversy last year when reports came out claiming that Skype was spying on its users. The Microsoft-owned company hit back at the reports saying that it only hands over information when law enforcement “follows appropriate …

Twitter Must Give Up Anti-Semitic Users, Says French Court Twitter Must Give Up Anti-Semitic Users, Says French Court
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Twitter is once again going to be forced to make a decision on how far they will go to protect the privacy rights of its users, thanks to a ruling made today by a French court. The court ruled that …

Facebook Still Has a Big Problem with Underage Users, and They Know It Facebook Still Has a Big Problem with Underage Users, and They Know It
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Facebook policy strictly prohibits anyone under the age of 13 from operating an account. As you’re probably well aware, plenty of kids under the age of 13 operate Facebook accounts. That’s because people are allowed to lie on the internet, …

Sex Offenders Can’t Be Banned From Facebook Says Appeals Court Sex Offenders Can’t Be Banned From Facebook Says Appeals Court

An Indiana law barring registered sex offenders from using any form of social media has been stuck down by a U.S. appeals court. The law was challenged last year by the ACLU, but upheld by an Indiana Judge. “The Court …

‘Terms And Conditions May Apply’ Documentary Explores Google, Facebook Privacy ‘Terms And Conditions May Apply’ Documentary Explores Google, Facebook Privacy

Often, when major Internet companies make product changes or announce new offerings, people wonder what that means for their privacy. One example in which we’re currently seeing this is with Facebook’s new Graph Search. Google and Facebook in particular have …