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Class-Action Lawsuit Alleges Data Privacy Violations

March 14, 2011 Added by:David Navetta

Privacy-related lawsuits are on the rise, and this time Amazon.com is the target. On March 2, 2011, two named plaintiffs filed a class-action lawsuit alleging that Amazon circumvents browser privacy settings to collect users’ personal information without permission and shares the information with third parties...

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Twitter Settles with FTC Over Data Privacy and Security

March 14, 2011 Added by:Headlines

“Twitter has engaged in a number of practices that, taken together, failed to provide reasonable and appropriate security to: prevent unauthorized access to nonpublic user information and honor the privacy choices exercised by its users in designating certain tweets as nonpublic..."

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Social Networkers Blindly Joining "Connect.me"

March 09, 2011 Added by:Headlines

Users are asked to allow the service's application to interface with their LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter accounts. According to Cluley's research, potentially thousands of people have already done so. The problem is, no one is entirely sure what Connect.me is...

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Dealing With Daily Digital Surveillance

March 07, 2011 Added by:Robert Siciliano

"Step out your front door and you could be captured in a high-resolution photograph taken from the air or street by Google or Microsoft... Drive down a city thoroughfare, cross a toll bridge, or park at certain shopping malls and your license plate will be recorded and time-stamped...”

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Five Communications Channels Feds May Soon Wiretap

March 07, 2011 Added by:Headlines

A central issue is the inability of new communications platforms to collect and store the kind of data law enforcement needs to pursue indictments, and current laws do not require the service providers to store the information. That may all change soon...

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Privacy Enforcement Storm: HHS, FTC and FINRA Act

March 03, 2011 Added by:David Navetta

If your organization does not have a privacy program in place, now is the time to act. Legal compliance function, vendor management and appropriate security provisions in vendor and customer agreements are just a few of the hallmarks of a program that could help avoid enforcement actions...

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Are Internet Cookies Good or Bad?

February 25, 2011 Added by:Robert Siciliano

Several companies use cookies as well as other technologies, such as tokens, along with sophisticated and unique pattern matching that can only be derived from extensive and unique experiences with a shared reputation database, to identify and re-identify devices...

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Dispelling The Myths Of Facebook Privacy And Security

February 24, 2011 Added by:Tom Eston

One common misconception is that applications “look and feel” like they are part of Facebook so the applications can be trusted. This is not true. The Facebook API (Application Programming Interface) is designed to allow seamless integration so it provides users with a more integrated Facebook experience...

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California Supreme Court Says Zip Codes are PII

February 24, 2011 Added by:David Navetta

Thinking hard about how business and consumer interests can be harmonized by effective and privacy/security-friendly policies and practices? We thought so. Worried that zip codes might be treated as personal information in this country? Probably not. All that may be changing...

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What Ever Happened to Privacy on the Internet? Part 2

February 23, 2011 Added by:Rafal Los

It’s a matter of balance. And right now the marketers and business leaders who see value in using personal information are much louder and more actively pursuing their exploitation of personal information than those who are trying to ensure privacy is addressed...

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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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