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Internet Privacy

The Evolving Pursuit of Privacy

Scott Charney | Posted 04.10.2014 | Technology
Scott Charney

I'm optimistic that we'll find the right way forward, balancing the important benefits that data collection enables with the equally important need to preserve and enhance consumer privacy .

Half Of Nation Says Tech Companies' Snooping Goes Too Far

Reuters | Posted 04.04.2014 | Technology

By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO, April 4 (Reuters) - The personal data gathering abilities of Google, Facebook and other tech compa...

Happy 25th Birthday, Web! Here's What You've Taught Us

Greg Voakes | Posted 04.04.2014 | Technology
Greg Voakes

Considering the astonishing magnitude with which the web has grown since its birth, it's difficult to imagine how much it has yet to reveal.

Privacy's False Teeth and Promising Business Smile

Mark Weinstein | Posted 03.31.2014 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

As this dynamic continues to unfold, consumers will learn what companies truly offer the privacy and safety they seek. Those companies will have the opportunity to command large adoption and significant growth.

Big Brother is Watching -- Do You Care?

Liz Wainger | Posted 03.05.2014 | Technology
Liz Wainger

We aren't going to put the genie back in the bottle, but as consumers of technology, we need to be informed and understand all the ramifications, positive and negative, of data sharing.

Facebook and Others Predict Life Events Based on What You Post

Russ Warner | Posted 03.05.2014 | Technology
Russ Warner

Be aware and more careful of what you do and say online. If you don't want it printed in a headline for all to see, don't write it. Take time occasionally to remove previous posts, comments, photos, and likes. Better still, delete accounts for social networks you no longer use.

Tips to Keep Kids Safe Online

Jeannie Borin | Posted 02.28.2014 | Parents
Jeannie Borin

Educating children on the best way to use websites such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Tumblr may protect them from potential problems.

Government Control of the Internet -- A View From Istanbul's Streets Echo Concerns on U.S. Streets

Jerry Ashton | Posted 04.11.2014 | Politics
Jerry Ashton

Turkish Riot Police are using water cannon, tear gas and rubber (for the moment) bullets to quell the hundreds of demonstrators marching in Istanbul.

The Invisible World of Software Backdoors and Bounty Hunters

Pratap Chatterjee | Posted 04.08.2014 | Technology
Pratap Chatterjee

It's increasingly clear that the online world is, for both government surveillance types and corporate sellers, a new Wild West where anything goes. This is especially true when it comes to spying on you and gathering every imaginable version of your "data."

At Davos, Tech Giants Square Off Over Online Privacy

Don Tapscott | Posted 03.26.2014 | Business
Don Tapscott

In the past we only worried about Big Brother governments assembling detailed dossiers about us. Then came what privacy advocates called Little Brother -- corporations that collect data from their customers. Now there is a new unexpected threat -- ourselves.

The Payola Internet

Timothy Karr | Posted 02.10.2014 | Technology
Timothy Karr

2013 could mark the end of the era of Internet openness.

The Insidiousness of Facebook Messenger's Mobile App Terms of Service

Sam Fiorella | Posted 01.31.2014 | Technology
Sam Fiorella

How much access to your (and your friends') personal data are you prepared to share for access to free mobile apps? I suspect the amount is significantly less than that which you actually agreed to share when blindly accepting the Terms of Service.

The Internet Never Forgets: Parenting the Facebook Generation

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 01.25.2014 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

We as parents and professionals bring the understanding of the teen brain, and the common sense (and impulse control) it lacks; they as youth bring the understanding of not just the technology, but its possibilities. The industry isn't going to fix this for us, but working together, we can.

Concerned Citizens Want Congress to Flush the TPP

Kyle McCarthy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Kyle McCarthy

The TPP is being referred to as "NAFTA on steroids," and concerned citizens all over the nation are organizing to stop this from being fast-tracked.

MyPermissions Protects Against Devious Apps

Bill_Robinson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Bill_Robinson

"Private data" on the Internet? Forget about it. How do you think a "free app" is free? Do you think the app providers are offering a public service to benefit humanity? Nope.

This Quick Hack Will Change How You Browse, Forever

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 10.30.2013 | Weird News

We've all been there. You're looking at something private on your computer when you notice that someone is looking at your screen. While we're o...

Could Law Enforcement Leverage Facebook Data to Identify You?

Adam Levin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Adam Levin

Facebook's privacy policies have always been the subject of debate among its users. After all, when you're putting so much information online where anyone can see it, how upset can you be when the public sees it? But what if "the public" is law enforcement?

Who Protects Our Kids, Facebook and Google?

Mark Weinstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

We enable today's leading social media providers, the wizards behind the technology curtain, to put our children's safety at risk online by not using our unbeatable superpower: our voice.

Sorry, But I'll Never Tell You My iPhone Passcode

Murray Rosenbaum | Posted 12.25.2013 | Teen
Murray Rosenbaum

I didn't believe my brother when he said, "Welcome to the world of never being not connected" to me when I got my first phone, but that is exactly the world where we live today. Now excuse me while I go change all of my passwords.

Could Facebook's New Privacy Rules Endanger Your Kids?

Adam Levin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Adam Levin

Not a week goes by without another story of an adult doing something colossally stupid on social media and paying the price. So why in the world did Facebook think it advisable to allow 13-year-old kids to make their pictures and status updates public?

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.

California's Digital Erasure Law: Protecting Minors or Discouraging Personal Responsibility?

Christina Gagnier | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Christina Gagnier

Our society has selected children to be a protected class and for good reason. But, part of that protection is deciding when to ensure that children are being safe online and respecting others.

Pushing for Global Human Rights in a World of Pervasive Surveillance

Jens-Henrik Jeppesen | Posted 12.10.2013 | World
Jens-Henrik Jeppesen

Europeans are outraged over the ongoing revelations about America's pervasive surveillance programs -- and they should be.

Freedom From Unauthorized Intrusion

Mark Weinstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

Merriam-Webster's online dictionary defines privacy as "freedom from unauthorized intrusion." The United States government defines privacy as "freedom from unauthorized intrusion, except by us." Personally I prefer the former definition.