Post Tagged with: "Privacy"

Google Allows Europeans to Request Removal of Personal Data

Google is allowing European users to request that information about themselves be removed from search engine results. The introduction of this service is in response to a European court ruling that requires the search giant to delete links to results containing personal information that is inaccurate or outdated. In the decision, European citizens were granted [...]

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Facebook Changes Default Privacy Setting for Updates

Facebook is changing up its privacy settings to limit unintentional sharing of status updates. The default setting for new users will be for status updates to be shared with friends only rather than the more general public option. While the setting is only the default for new members, existing users can change their settings at [...]

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Facebook and WhatsApp Warned by FTC to Keep User Privacy Promises

Facebook doesn’t have the best record on respecting its users’ privacy, so it’s understandable that some people were worried when it was announced that the social network was acquiring WhatsApp in a deal worth $19 billion. The Federal Trade Commission apparently shares those concerns, as a letter from Jessica Rich, the director of the FTC [...]

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Google Seeks Suspension of French Privacy Notification Order

Google’s misadventures in Europe continue. Last month, the Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertes (CNIL) issued a fine against Google in the amount of €150,000 (about $200,000) for violating French privacy laws. While that’s chump change to the Internet giant, it was the additional requirement that it post a statement on its home page [...]

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Secret Court Approves Two New Limits to NSA Data Collection Program

Two of the changes to the National Security Agency’s data collection program announced last month by President Obama have been approved by the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. The two changes that will go into effect immediately are that the NSA must now seek court approval before it can access the database and it can [...]

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President Obama Announces Reforms to NSA Data Collection Program

The National Security Agency scandal has continued to grow ever since Edward Snowden blew the whistle on its data collection activities. Just this week, the Guardian reported that the agency collects and stores almost 200 million global text messages a day. Now, steps are finally being taken toward reform. In a speech on Friday, President [...]

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Google Fined by French Agency over Privacy Policy

After months of deliberation, a French privacy regulator has finally hit Google with a fine for violating the French Data Protection Act. The Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertes (CNIL) issued its highest penalty to date by fining Google €150,000, or about $200,000. Google must also post a message on its Google.fr homepage stating [...]

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Facebook Faces Lawsuit over Allegedly Scanning Private Messages

Facebook is once again facing a lawsuit over its apparent disregard for the privacy of its users. This time, the lawsuit is focused on private messages sent on the social network and alleges that such messages aren’t private after all. Apparently, Facebook intercepts and mines the messages for data that is then shared with third [...]

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Google Privacy Policy Said to Violate Dutch Law

Google is once again in trouble over its privacy policy in Europe, this time in the Netherlands. The Internet giant is said to have violated Dutch data protection law by combining personal information on users gathered from across its services, such as its search engine and YouTube. The College Bescherming Persoonsgegevens, or Data Protection Authority, [...]

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Google’s Vint Cerf Calls Privacy an “Anomaly”

Internet privacy in the age of social media is a major concern and Google‘s chief internet evangelist, Vint Cerf believes it will become increasingly difficult for people to keep their private lives hidden. At an U.S. Federal Trade Commission event, Cerf said that “Privacy may actually be an anomaly.” To illustrate his point, he pointed [...]

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