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Gerry Smith

Google Hit With Big Fine For Secretly Following You Online

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 11.18.2013 | Technology

Google has agreed to pay $17 million to settle charges that it secretly tracked some consumers' activities on the Web, even after promising such track...

To What End Are We Connecting the World?

Chris Hoofnagle | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Chris Hoofnagle

The Circle joins Gary Shteyngart's hilarious Super Sad True Love Story in its prediction of the kind of world we might get to live in if we continue to outsource our data and decisions about it to Silicon Valley's technocrats.

Google's New Policy and the Conscientious Click

Amanda Gutterman | Posted 12.14.2013 | Technology
Amanda Gutterman

Whether you like it or not (weak pun intended), every click you make online, every purchase, every article you read, says something about you. And with the rise of targeted advertising, that information is increasingly convertible into dollars.

No Green Eggs and Ham for Google's Competitors

David Balto | Posted 12.01.2013 | Technology
David Balto

The fact that these new concessions will not please Google's rivals says nothing about the remedies themselves. Rather, it will speak to these competitors' motives to keep this investigation running for as long as possible. Almunia should resist calls to try this approach once again.

NSA Chief: Terrorists Love Gmail

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 09.17.2013 | Technology

Gmail is reportedly the most "preferred” online service of “terrorists worldwide.” The Google marketing team likely won't be celebrating the...

Google, Facebook Take NSA Fighting To The Next Level

Reuters | Joseph Menn | Posted 11.10.2013 | Technology

By Joseph Menn SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 9 (Reuters) - Some of the world's biggest Internet companies on Monday increased ef...

Yes, Gmail Users Have An Expectation Of Privacy

The Verge | Posted 10.14.2013 | Technology

Sending email to Gmail users means you expect Google's servers will process it....

Google: Email Users Have 'No Legitimate Expectation Of Privacy' When Emailing Someone On Gmail

The Huffington Post | Braden Goyette | Posted 08.14.2013 | Technology

(See correction below) Google doesn't believe that people can reasonably expect their emails to stay private when emailing a Gmail user, even if th...

Consumer Empowerment Is an Illusion

Navin Nagiah | Posted 09.22.2013 | Business
Navin Nagiah

"Consumers are in control and in this new world we need to allow people to co-create with us" -- Luis Di Como, Unilever.* Seriously? Are we really i...

'Sweet Land of Privacy?': On Prism and Apathy Regarding Our Privacy Online

Jarrett Hill | Posted 08.07.2013 | College
Jarrett Hill

Now, seven years later, in a day where a large number of Americans check-in online at every location, upload a photo most every meal they consume, and update their statuses for their every thought, I'm exceedingly confident nothing is off-limits.

RIP Google Glass 2012-2013

Turnstyle | Posted 08.04.2013 | Technology
Turnstyle

By Noah J. Nelson (@noahjnelson) Google signed the death warrant for its new Glass platform this week when it banned porn apps from the devices. The...

Bianca Bosker

Google's Patent-Pending Evil-Checker Could Revolutionize Email Snooping

HuffingtonPost.com | Bianca Bosker | Posted 05.07.2013 | Technology

We've all come to rely on spell-checkers that correct misspellings as we type. Now, Google has filed a patent for a tool that seems like an evil-check...

Google's Spymasters Are Now Worried About Your Secrets

Robert Scheer | Posted 06.29.2013 | Politics
Robert Scheer

Dictators, mired in more technologically primitive societies, didn't develop the fearsome new implements of control of the National Security State. Google and other leaders in this field of massively mined and shared information did.

Is 2013 the Year Europe Cracks Down on Google's Privacy Violations?

Nathan Newman | Posted 06.04.2013 | Technology
Nathan Newman

The stonewalling of regulators by Google on exactly how that new integrated profiling of users on behalf of advertisers would work finally pushed European regulators to take legal action after hoping over the last year to negotiate a voluntary deal with the company.

Google Is Finally Paying Up For Street View Snafu

AP | By MICHAEL LIEDTKE | Posted 05.12.2013 | Technology

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google will pay a $7 million fine to settle a multistate investigation into a snoopy software program that enabled the Internet...

Here's Why Google Isn't Saying Much About Spying

The Huffington Post | Alexis Kleinman | Posted 03.08.2013 | Technology

Google is trying to be up front about how it protects your privacy, but the FBI is in the way. On Tuesday, Google put out a blog post explaining h...

Say it Ain't So Joe, Again, and Again, and Again, and Again, and Again: The Never-Ending Saga of Misbehavior at Google Part 5

Eric K. Clemons | Posted 04.29.2013 | Technology
Eric K. Clemons

This is a column I never expected to write and never wanted to write. It is part of the never-ending saga of corporate misbehavior, misrepresentation, and even lying at Google.

What Info Should Be Googleable?

Reuters | Claire Davenport | Posted 04.28.2013 | Technology

By Claire Davenport BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Google will do battle with Spain's data protection authority in Europe's highest court on Tues...

Online Profiling and Invasion of Privacy: The Myth of Anonymization

Eric K. Clemons | Posted 04.22.2013 | Technology
Eric K. Clemons

We have been conditioned to accept privacy abuses as the price of using the Internet. These abuses generally involve having our search engine send us "better" ads, which most of us believe cannot be too dangerous.

Group Digging Into Google's Privacy Policies

Reuters | Posted 02.18.2013 | Technology

(Reuters) - European data watchdogs said on Monday they plan to take action against Google by this summer for its privacy policy, which allows the sea...

Google's Latest Privacy Snafu

Reuters | Alexei Oreskovic and Michael Sin | Posted 04.17.2013 | Technology

By Alexei Oreskovic and Michael Sin SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc's privacy practices are drawing heat after an Australian softw...

Policies to Protect Our Data Privacy Must Be Thorough and Consistent

Rey Ramsey | Posted 03.31.2013 | Politics
Rey Ramsey

A single email may be subject to different legal standards depending on whether it is in transit, in storage, how long it is in storage, or whether it has been opened.

Google Will Fight The Government To Protect Your Email

Reuters | Posted 03.31.2013 | Technology

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Google will lobby Washington in 2013 to make it harder for law enforcement authorities to gain access to emails and other digit...

Google Apps: Saving Schools Money or Paying With Your Kid's Privacy?

Sue Scheff | Posted 03.30.2013 | Technology
Sue Scheff

A key reason schools are signing up for Google Apps for Education is that Google claims to provide these services at no cost. But these services are not entirely free. Did you know that schools may be "paying" for these services with your kid's privacy?

Happy Data Privacy Day

Larry Keating | Posted 03.30.2013 | Business
Larry Keating

While the Internet and technology has become an extraordinary medium for commercial -- and personal publication, and we embrace it with abandon at times to satisfy our varying degrees of narcissism -- we really don't like it when we lose control of what we think is ours and ours alone.