TikTok Adds Family Pairing to Help Protect Children

TikTok has launched Family Pairing, a new feature designed to give parents more control over their children’s accounts.

TikTok Releases Transparency Report In Effort To Quell Concerns

TikTok has released its first ever transparency report amid increasing scrutiny related to privacy and censorship, according to NBC News. TikTok has been in the news a lot lately, and not in the way any company wants to be. The…

Twitter’s Political Contributions and Lobbying Efforts Detailed on New Transparency Page

Twitter says its political involvement amounts to fighting for users’ rights and things like freedom of expression, Internet freedom, privacy, online safety, and patent reform. And now, in the name of transparency, the company’s set up a hub to detail…

Twitter Kills Sites Across the World That Archived Politicians’ Deleted Tweets

One of the biggest operations for preserving politicians’ deleted tweets has been shut down. The Open State Foundation say that Twitter has cut off its API access for its Politwoops and Diplotwoops sites. The sites were simple – they just…

Twitter Says Government Data Requests Way Up

Twitter’s new transparency report is out, and the trend continues. Government requests for user data and content removal are on the rise. “As has long been the trend, we continue to see a rise in the number of these requests.…

Yes, Your Google Hangouts Can Be Wiretapped

Google encrypts your Hangouts conversations, but it doesn’t use end-to-end encryption. This means that Google can wiretap your Hangouts at the government’s request. That’s one big revelation from a recent reddit AMA with Richard Salgado, Google’s director for law enforcement…

Google’s ‘Transparency’ Under Fire Again

Google’s transparency is being called into question again in light of mixed messages it’s been sending webmasters about its two most famous algorithm updates – Panda and Penguin – both of which can have a devastating impact on businesses unfortunate…

Twitter: Government Info Requests on the Rise, Up 40% Worldwide

Twitter’s latest transparency report is out, and the numbers of governmental requests – both for user info and for content removal – are way up. According to Twitter, the company has seen a 40% increase in government requests for user…

Reddit Has Never Received a National Security Letter

Reddit has just released its first ever transparency report, detailing governmental requests for user information, content removal requests, and more. What’s striking about reddit’s first report is the low volume of requests – only 55 total user info requests and…

WikiLeaks Blasts Google For Giving FBI Personal Data, Delaying Notification

Google reportedly delayed by two and a half years disclosure to WikiLeaks that it gave emails and other data from three of its staff to the FBI. This occurred after a federal judge issued a warrant. Michael Ratner of the…

Facebook Says Government Data Requests Up 24%

It’s Election Day in the US, and Facebook is reminding everyone to vote with a giant banner at the top of the news feed which asks people to share the vote with friends. By the looks of my news feed,…

This Guy Says Google Took Away $46K In AdSense Earnings, And He Doesn’t Know Why

It’s not uncommon to hear about an over-dependence on Google costing people big money. There have been plenty of tales of businesses losing all their search visibility after Google algorithm changes. In some cases, people have lost their jobs. In…

Twitter Would Like to Be More Transparent, If They Could

Twitter has just released their fifth-ever transparency report, and it shows that requests for user data, content removal, and copyright takedowns are all on the rise. But the main focus of Twitter’s announcement isn’t really the report itself – instead,…

Google Can Finally Publish FISA Request Numbers

For a few years now, Google has been publishing a bi-annual transparency report to let us know how many times governments around the world have petitioned the company for user data. The reports were always missing a few things though…

Is Google Being Transparent Enough?

Many would say that Google has become more transparent over the years. It gives users, businesses and webmasters access to a lot more information about its intentions and business practices than it did long ago, but is it going far…

Google Once Again Pushes For Transparency When Dealing With Federal Data Requests

Does Google hand over your private information to the feds? The company says it doesn’t, but it can’t prove this because of gag orders placed on it by the federal government. That’s why Google, along with Microsoft, have petitioned the…

Microsoft Says The Government Isn’t Doing Enough To Promote Transparency

In late June, Google and Microsoft both filed suit with the FISA court demanding that the government let them publish the number of federal data requests they receive. The companies had hoped to work out a deal with the government…

Facebook Releases Transparency Report, U.S. Government Made 12,000 Requests For Data

When PRISM was leaked in early June, Facebook was one of the first companies citied in the report to deny any involvement with the program. The revelation did, however, push Facebook into asking the U.S. government for permission to publish…

Google Adds Data on Unsafe Websites to Transparency Report

Google is adding a new section to its online Transparency Report, which currently documents data requests from the government, content removal requests, and just recently, National Security Letter information. Starting now, Google will show information on malware and phishing attacks…

Google Says It Has A First Amendment Right To Release NSA Data Request Numbers

UDPATE: It was revealed Wednesday that Microsoft has also filed a motion claiming a First Amendment right to publish federal data request numbers. Original Story Below: For the past two weeks, Google has been petitioning the government to allow it…