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Rep. Adam Schiff To Propose Pro-Privacy Amendment To CISPA Rep. Adam Schiff To Propose Pro-Privacy Amendment To CISPA
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This year’s CISPA is just like last year’s CISPA. That has some privacy groups concerned as the bill makes it easier for companies to share private information with the government while granting them immunity. To help address these concerns, one …

Congress Doesn’t Want You Listening In On The CISPA Debate Congress Doesn’t Want You Listening In On The CISPA Debate

It was revealed in mid-February that CISPA would be back. The dreaded cybersecurity bill is now ready to make its way through Congress, but our elected representatives apparently think that the public doesn’t have the right to know what’s going …

Should The FBI Be Able To Monitor Online Communications In Real TIme? Should The FBI Be Able To Monitor Online Communications In Real TIme?
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As the current ECPA stands, law enforcement has the ability to obtain emails without a warrant. There are some laws currently making their way through Congress to change this, but law enforcement agencies obviously like things as they are. In …

Twitter Sued for $50M in France for Withholding the Identities of Anti-Semitic Users Twitter Sued for $50M in France for Withholding the Identities of Anti-Semitic Users
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Twitter is being sued in France for failing to disclose the identities of users wrapped up in an anti-Semitic hashtag controversy that has spanned five months. Here’s my attempt to make a long story short: Back in October of 2012, …

‘Catch Me If You Can’ Conman Talks Facebook Privacy ‘Catch Me If You Can’ Conman Talks Facebook Privacy

One of the world’s most famous confidence men has his reservations about Facebook. Speaking at the Advertising Week Europe conference, Frank Abagnale says that he completely understands why people like Facebook. But he warns that the network is full of …

Sen. Patrick Leahy Introduces ECPA Reform Bill In The Senate Sen. Patrick Leahy Introduces ECPA Reform Bill In The Senate

The House has been unusually proactive early this year in attempting to pass email privacy protections through an updated Electronic Communications Privacy Act. In fact, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing this morning to gather testimonies from Google, law …

What Are Your Facebook Likes Revealing About You? (Hint: It’s a lot) What Are Your Facebook Likes Revealing About You? (Hint: It’s a lot)
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Is it possible that you are unwittingly outing yourself – as gay, as a conservative, as Muslim, or as a pot smoker – by simply liking stuff on Facebook? Sure, you could easily do this by liking the “Gay Men’s …

Study Finds That Facebook Users Are Starting To Share More Personal Data Study Finds That Facebook Users Are Starting To Share More Personal Data
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A common rebuttal to proponents of online privacy is to just not share personal information with services like Facebook, Twitter and the like. It’s a solid argument, but one that’s not practiced, even by those with privacy concerns. A new …

Texas Legislature Introduces Bills To Curtail Warrantless Smartphone Tracking Texas Legislature Introduces Bills To Curtail Warrantless Smartphone Tracking

Did you know that the federal government can request your smartphone location data without a warrant? It happens quite often, but there’s not been much progress made in the way of legislation curtailing this particular practice. One state has had …

Swiss Nurse Posts Corpse Photos on Facebook Swiss Nurse Posts Corpse Photos on Facebook
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Every week, it seems like somebody is making the news for forgetting that Facebook is a public forum and that people can actually see the things they post. A lot of the time, this lesson is learned in the form …

Police Chief Resigns After Questionable Photo Hits Facebook Police Chief Resigns After Questionable Photo Hits Facebook
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In yet another example of what-happens-on-Facebook-happens-in-front-of-everyone-in-the-world-please-stop-posting-private-crap-on-Facebook-it’s-going-to-get-you-fired-or-arrested news, a Confluence, Pennsylvania police chief has resigned after a questionable photo made its way on the site. The photo seen above of chief Tom Keller and a woman packing serious heat popped up …

Do Not Track Legislation Introduced In The Senate Do Not Track Legislation Introduced In The Senate
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Do Not Track was one of the biggest jokes of 2012. Sure, it was a honorable endeavor, but nobody could come to a consensus as to what Do Not Track means even after pledging to do something about it only …

Will Congress Finally Pass An Email Privacy Bill This Year? Will Congress Finally Pass An Email Privacy Bill This Year?
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An updated Electronic Communications Privacy Act, or ECPA, was a good idea proposed at the wrong time. The amendment would have protected our privacy in online communications, but its proposal at the end of the last Congress ensured its demise. …

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 …