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Google Photos Just Became A Little Bit More Like Your Own Brain

The Huffington Post | Damon Beres | Posted 09.29.2015 | Technology

Google is inching toward solving the problem of memory.    The company on Tuesday announced a few new features for Google Photos, its g...

This Is The New Front In Corporate Surveillance And Monopoly Power

Nathan Newman | Posted 09.16.2015 | Business
Nathan Newman

If your business is advertising, knowing what people buy is golden data, since it helps other advertisers more precisely target ads to the demographic groups most likely to buy their goods and services.

Did You Know That Websites Can Identify You by the Way You Type?

Jeff Fox | Posted 09.15.2015 | Technology
Jeff Fox

Every new technology can be used for good or ill. Such is the case with the newly developing field of behavioral biometrics, a technology that's not the same as the physiological "biometrics" many of us know well. The chart below differentiates the two categories.

Even If You Uninstall Google Photos, It Will Keep Uploading Your Pics

The Huffington Post | Damon Beres | Posted 07.13.2015 | Technology

 Google Photos is so good at storing your pictures online, you might not even realize it's doing it. David Arnott of Upstart Business Journal di...

The Third Rail of Journalism

Stephen Jaffe | Posted 06.01.2015 | Media
Stephen Jaffe

Google is a wonderful creation. However, despite Google's historic contribution to the world, the fact remains that many of the links it lists on its search pages are often partially or even completely false.

Stalked By a Targeted Ad

Jeff Fox | Posted 05.04.2015 | Technology
Jeff Fox

It was as if I had embarked on a road trip and the same blasted roadside billboard had kept appearing no matter which street I drove down. It became a visual reminder of just how widely online advertising networks stealthily monitor our every activity.

Google To Change Its Privacy Policy

Reuters | Posted 04.01.2015 | Technology

PARIS (Reuters) - Search engine Google <GOOGL.O> has agreed to better inform users about how it handles their personal information after an inve...

Consumers to Tech Giants: All We're Asking for Is R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Jeff Fox | Posted 12.06.2014 | Technology
Jeff Fox

It's not enough for any company--tech or non-tech--to merely warn consumers that using a product involves risks and consider that doing so has absolved it of any further responsibility. Those who would serve consumers must make every possible effort to eliminate all known risks without delay.

Google Reports Man Allegedly Sending Child Porn In Email

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 08.04.2014 | Crime

A 41-year-old man in Texas has been arrested and charged with possessing pornographic images of a child, thanks, in part, to the sleuthing of Google....

This 3D Dress Links To Your Phone To Literally Strip You Of All Privacy

The Huffington Post | Mallika Rao | Posted 06.16.2014 | Arts

Maybe you've seen the exact right Google pop-up ad on your screen and felt a little naked. They know so much about you! Well, now there's a dress for ...

For Germans, Google Is a Digital Feudal Lord

Wolfgang Mulke | Posted 08.10.2014 | World
Wolfgang Mulke

While European companies have to comply with comparatively strict data privacy protection laws, Google's hunger for information seems to know no bounds. That has led to demands for uniform data privacy protection standards for all participants in the market. Otherwise, the European companies reason, Europe will be dependent on the Americans in the digital age.

What You Say Online Can and Will Be Used Against You

Russ Warner | Posted 06.30.2014 | Technology
Russ Warner

Don't post anything online that you wouldn't want your mother or the police knowing.

Gerry Smith

Google Hit With Big Fine For Secretly Following You Online | 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

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 | 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.