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FBI Seeks Better Social Network Wire Tapping

February 21, 2011 Added by:Headlines

The advent of new media like social networks, new communications channels like IM, IRC, VoIP, and new devices like smartphones, have rendered current laws governing wire tapping outdated, and officials want lawmakers to narrow the gap by addressing the issue with new legislation...

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Google Offers Two-Factor Authentication Option

February 10, 2011 Added by:Headlines

"Starting Thursday all Google users can choose to turn on a so-called 'two-factor authentication' feature, which will require them to type in a special, short-lived second password in addition to their normal password to get into their account..."

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Google Warned of MPAA Copyright Infringements

February 09, 2011 Added by:Headlines

The MPAA has apparently issued more than 100 warnings to Google regarding copyright infringement over the last few months. The MPAA warnings are usually directed at P2P file sharing users who trade movies online, but sending them to Google is enforcement on a whole new level...

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What Ever Happened to Privacy on the Internet?

February 09, 2011 Added by:Rafal Los

Recently, I had the opportunity to exchange thoughts with Rebecca Herold, and talk about the erosion of privacy on the Internet, and specifically in social media. The topic is fascinating, as there appears to be an artificial adversarial relationship between anonymity and privacy...

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Researchers Can Pinpoint Identity by Analyzing Usernames

February 08, 2011 Added by:Headlines

The researchers produced a tool that uses statistical analysis to calculate the relative uniqueness of any given username. The team can now distinguish a single user about half of the time by analyzing multiple usernames without using other key data such as location or date of birth...

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Posted Photos are Not Privacy Protected

February 05, 2011 Added by:Theresa Payton

Judge rules photos posted online are not privacy protected. If this ruling becomes precedent, you may have problems with bringing forward complaints or lawsuits on ANY future photos of you or loved ones, that are posted without your permission...

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Data Theft Vulnerability Resolved by Facebook

February 04, 2011 Added by:Headlines

Facebook has reconciled a major privacy vulnerability that left members susceptible to social engineering exploits and data theft. The flaw may have allowed users to unwittingly spread malware to their contacts and provided malicious websites access to private account information...

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Facebook Security: Setting Up Account Login Alerts

February 03, 2011 Added by:Headlines

Facebook has made steady progress in their efforts to offer better security, but it remains the responsibility of account holders to make sure they are utilizing all of the security features. One allows members to monitor their profile for any unauthorized access to their Facebook account...

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Privacy Legal Risk Environment Shifts Again

February 01, 2011 Added by:David Navetta

Companies that handle personal information, especially those that provide online behavioral advertising services, and those that purchase or participate in such services, should consider a risk assessment of their policies, processes and activities in order to reduce legal risks...

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Feeling Like Somebody Is Watching You?

January 29, 2011 Added by:Theresa Payton

If you went to the airport, bank, or a store today, you probably expected to be watched. But those are the old school ways of being watched. Now, the smartphone in your pocket could watch you or your laptop webcam can watch you. Having an emotional reaction? There's a wristband monitor for that...

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DOJ Wants Two Year ISP User Data Retention

January 26, 2011 Added by:Headlines

"In the privacy realm, the bottom line is that law enforcement is talking about having a massive amount of information on 230 million presumably innocent Americans using the Internet, being tracked and retained," offered John Morris of the Center for Democracy and Technology in testimony...

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An Internet ID for Americans

January 22, 2011 Added by:Theresa Payton

An early draft of the plan indicates that the implementation would be handled via the U.S. Commerce Department and not Department of Homeland Security or the National Security Agency. Experts feel this may be in a nod to privacy concerns...

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Facebook Faux Paux Reveals Private Data

January 18, 2011 Added by:Headlines

The pop-up now includes a request for permission to access the user's address and cell phone number. The change is subtle enough that most Facebook users are apt to allow the application to access this data without even noticing...

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Is Truly Anonymous Web Browsing Even Possible?

January 13, 2011 Added by:Rafal Los

On one end of the argument you must concede that in order to have an acceptable user experience you must be tracked to some acceptable extent, while the other end of the argument would say that we don't want web sites, vendors and nation-states/organizations tracking us and our browsing habits...

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DOJ Gets Subpoenas for WikiLeaks Twitter Accounts

January 08, 2011 Added by:Headlines

The DOJ requested subpoenas to access the Twitter accounts of WikiLeaks and several supporters in an ongoing criminal investigation of the whistleblower organization. The information sought includes residential, email and IP addresses, session times, billing records, and bank account details...

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Online Privacy: Fighting for Your Eyeballs

January 06, 2011 Added by:Robert Siciliano

Most major websites now install cookies on your computer, which track what you do online. Over time, these cookies develop a profile, which becomes your digital fingerprint, to a certain extent. Microsoft, Google, Facebook, and most major newspapers, retailers, and advertisers are in on the game...

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