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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.

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.

Keystone Cops Subpoena Google For Facebook's Data

Matt Sledge | Posted 03.24.2013 | Politics
Matt Sledge

Email privacy is a tangled subject: the Electronic Communication Privacy Act (ECPA) governing when the police or FBI can read your messages was writte...

Predicting the Future of Google

Jayson DeMers | Posted 12.18.2012 | Denver
Jayson DeMers

Where is Google headed? How inclusive can Google make its technologies, and what will its competitors develop to rival Google's products and push innovation even further?

A DVR That Watches YOU?

The Huffington Post | Katherine Bindley | Posted 12.07.2012 | Technology

Watching television tends to be a private affair between you and those on the couch in your living room, but Verizon is looking to change that by crea...

Proposed Remedies for Regulating Google, Part 4: Privacy Abuses and Forms of Remedy

Eric K. Clemons | Posted 02.04.2013 | Technology
Eric K. Clemons

Allowing the mining of these activities should never be the default. Mining a user's outgoing communications of any form should require the user's explicit permission.

Response to FairSearch's Remedy Proposals

David Balto | Posted 01.29.2013 | Technology
David Balto

What data is FairSearch alluding to? Which competitors have a right to access? And how would we implement this access? Who makes these decisions?

Why Privacy Is the Future of Competition

Nick Pickles | Posted 01.01.2013 | Business
Nick Pickles

Privacy is not just a personal issue, it lies at the heart of ensuring competitive markets.

Europe Demands Google Amend Privacy Policy -- Or Else

Reuters | Gwénaëlle Barzic and Leila Abboud | Posted 12.16.2012 | Technology

By Gwénaëlle Barzic and Leila Abboud PARIS (Reuters) - Google has four months to make its privacy policy comply with requests from Eu...

Google, You've Outgrown 'Oops'

Bianca Bosker | Posted 10.10.2012 | Technology
Bianca Bosker

We'll pay your fine, but we won't admit we did anything wrong. Those are the terms Google agreed to in its record-breaking settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, which penalized Google for the second time in a year for violating privacy promises made to its users.

Gerry Smith

FTC Hits Google With Record Fine Over Privacy Violation | Gerry Smith | Posted 10.09.2012 | Technology

Google has agreed to pay a record settlement over charges that it bypassed privacy settings in Apple’s Safari browser in order to display targeted a...

"Say It Ain't So, Joe, Again, and Again, and ...": An Economic Analysis of the Legacy of Continued Bad Behavior at Google

Eric K. Clemons | Posted 09.12.2012 | Technology
Eric K. Clemons

The Boys at Google are still in need of "adult supervision," and that this supervision is not going to come from Eric Schmidt or from their board.

Dino Grandoni

Google Allegedly In Trouble With FTC (Again) Over Privacy (Again): But Does It Matter? | Dino Grandoni | Posted 07.11.2012 | Technology

Another day, another Google privacy misstep: according to the Wall Street Journal, the Federal Trade Commission is close to hitting Google with a $22....

Privacy, Google, and Facebook: Chill!

Craig Newmark | Posted 08.31.2012 | Technology
Craig Newmark

Okay, privacy is an ongoing concern for all of us; it's a real thing. However, there are a lot of bogus headlines regarding online privacy, and I figu...

Living Out Loud -- Should We All Be More "Open?": Corporate Secrecy and Personal Privacy are Opposites (Part 7 of 7)

Don Tapscott | Posted 07.29.2012 | Technology
Don Tapscott

Here is my bottom line: By all means, be as open as you want online; but realize that with openness can come vulnerabilities, especially for your children.