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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 …

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 …