All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Privacy’

Google Privacy Changes Draw Suspicion, Senator Pens Letter to FTC

One U.S. Senator wants the Federal Trade Commission to take another look at Google, this time for privacy changes the company announced last week that will allow them to use your name and face in advertisements. Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) has written a letter to FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez, asking her to look into whether or not Google’s new Terms …

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Facebook Privacy News Gets The Taiwanese Animation Treatment

On Thursday, Facebook announced that users would no longer be able to keep their profiles out of Graph Search. Last year, the company already removed the ability for users who weren’t taking advantage of it. Now, people that were taking advantage are losing it too. More on that here. Now, we get the fun Taiwanese animation version of the story …

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Mark Zuckerberg Just Wants a Little Privacy, Buys Up Adjacent Real Estate

The CEO of Facebook just wants a little privacy. I know, the joke writes itself. Mark Zuckerberg has made a slightly unusual purchase, four of them to be exact. Mercury News reports that Zuck has just spent more than $30 million snatching up four houses adjacent to his own Palo Alto property – paying more the $14 million for one …

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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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