All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Privacy’

Facebook Kills Privacy Setting That Was Probably Already Dead to You

Starting today, you will no longer be able to hide from other Facebook users in search. That means that your profile will always be visible in Graph Search, and there’s not a damn thing you can do about it. Ok, let’s back up a bit. I don’t mean to scare you. In reality, you probably didn’t know that the option …

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Yahoo Is Removing Email Addresses From People’s Contacts

Yahoo has been removing contacts from Yahoo Mail users’ contacts lists without the consent of these users. We received an email about it from one angry user this morning. The user included a message they received from Yahoo Customer Care, which said: Yahoo! wants to make sure your address book is filled with the most current and valid emails to …

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Apparently Microsoft Recycles Email Addresses Too

Yahoo has been making headlines in recent weeks thanks to an account recycling program it implemented recently, and the apparent security issues that have come along with it. It turns out that Microsoft has pretty much been doing the same thing for years. It also turns out that there have been similar security issues there as well. Back in June, …

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How to Make Sure (Most) People Can’t Find Your Embarrassing Facebook Posts in Graph Search

As you may have heard, Facebook just opened the floodgates when it comes to internet stalking. Yesterday, the company announced that Graph Search will now be able to pull up all of your old statuses, photo posts, check-ins, and basically any other post you’ve ever made on the network. Before, Graph Search was really limited to being able to cull …

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Judge Says Gmail Might Be Breaking The Law

Google continues to battle a class action lawsuit filed in may, claiming that the company is violating laws when it “opens” and “reads” emails. Earlier this month, Google asked a judge to dismiss the suit, but that didn’t happen. This week, a judge reportedly found that Google may indeed be violating California wiretapping laws. As you may know, Gmail scans …

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Is Yahoo Doing Enough To Protect Sensitive Emails?

If you used to be a Yahoo Mail user, but stopped using it in favor of another service a year ago or more, there’s a chance that sensitive emails meant for you are being delivered to other people thanks to a recent move by Yahoo to give other users your old email address. Do you think Yahoo’s email address recycling …

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LinkedIn Aims To Clear Up ‘False Accusations’

Last week, a class action lawsuit was filed against LinkedIn, alleging that it breaks into users’ email accounts. The company says the suit is “without merit”, and that accusations are false. Main St. (part of TheStreet Network) reported on the suit on September 18th, saying that it was filed in San Jose Federal Court in the Northern District of California, …

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W3C Appoints Two New Co-Chairs To Do Not Track Working Group

The Do Not Track negotiations that have been taking place between advertisers and privacy advocates took a heavy blow yesterday when the Digital Advertising Alliance announced that it would be leaving the talks. Their departure caused some to wonder if the negotiations could continue without one of its major players, but the W3C has already put those fears to rest. …

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Google Loses Street View Data Collection Appeal

Google has lost its appeal in the big Street View privacy case stemming from when it collected personal data from people as its Street View cars drove around from 2008 to 2010. No word from the company on its Public Policy blog, which is where it usually addresses legal matters, but Reuters does share the following statement from the company: …

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Google Continues To Defend Its Decade-Long Gmail Privacy Stance In Court

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 Gmail users into thinking that Google is snooping on their private emails. Then, in May, a class action lawsuit was …

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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 of a sentence containing unfamiliar terminology, then you’ll rely on someone else to lay down the idea of protected tweets …

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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 an in-depth interview and had this to say about social media and our culture of oversharing: “I was excited about …

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