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Internet Privacy

REPORT: Which Of Your Favorite Sites Are Protecting Your Data From The Government?

The Huffington Post | Courteney Palis | Posted 06.01.2012 | Technology

Online privacy is no small issue nowadays, with millions of users across the world depending on Internet companies like Google, Facebook and Twitter t...

Privacy, Human Rights at Legal Frontiers of Digital Media

Ruth Starkman | Posted 07.29.2012 | Media
Ruth Starkman

New markets, copyright, IP addresses, freedom of speech, human rights and, of course, privacy -- these were the hot topics of the Legal Frontiers of Digital Media Conference.

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.

Living Out Loud -- Should We All Be More "Open?": Big Brother 2.0 (Part 6 of 7)

Don Tapscott | Posted 07.26.2012 | Technology
Don Tapscott

If history is any guide, advances in privacy have tended to arise in the wake of widespread privacy abuses. Something similar may be happening today with data breaches and identity theft, as more and more people come to understand the pain and consequences of personal data misuse.

Living Out Loud -- Should We All Be More "Open?": Corporations, the Main Beneficiaries of Personal Sharing (Part 5 of 7)

Don Tapscott | Posted 07.25.2012 | Technology
Don Tapscott

The most powerful forces making the case for sharing personal information are not philosophers or media pundits -- they are social media companies and other corporations who have a lot to gain from our social norms about privacy changing.

FBI Forms Secret Online Eavesdropping Unit

The Huffington Post | Sara Gates | Posted 05.24.2012 | Technology

With the Federal Bureau of Investigation's recent push for web wiretaps and increased Internet surveillance, the U.S. seems to be edging closer to the...

Living Out Loud -- Should We All Be More "Open?": Real Dangers of Thoughtless Sharing (Part 4 of 7)

Don Tapscott | Posted 07.24.2012 | Technology
Don Tapscott

Just as parents caution their children about the dangers of playing in the street or running with scissors, they must also educate and work with their children in developing personal privacy strategies.

Living Out Loud -- Should We All Be More "Open?": Privacy, the Self and Human Relationships (Part 3 of 7)

Don Tapscott | Posted 07.23.2012 | Technology
Don Tapscott

Even though the human condition requires connection, we also need to feel confident that we can be alone and unwatched when we want to be. It may seem an odd notion today, but initially the Internet was a favorite refuge for many seeking privacy.

Internet Restrictions: How Much Should We Worry About Our Freedom of Information?

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 07.21.2012 | Technology
Marianne Mollmann

From a human rights perspective, blanket restrictions on specific means of communication should always raise red flags.

Privacy Is Important But What's Wrong With Letting People Share?

Larry Magid | Posted 07.16.2012 | Technology
Larry Magid

People worry about what they choose to share on Facebook but may not even think about what they're already sharing with corporations.

Firefox Collusion Tracks the Companies Tracking You Online

Brett Greene | Posted 07.09.2012 | Denver
Brett Greene

With each click of the mouse we leave breadcrumb trails of our interests, needs and websites we stumble upon. But the majority of the companies that track us online and collect data on our activities never asked for permission.

Is Privacy Really THAT Special Anymore?

Joseph Rauch | Posted 07.07.2012 | College
Joseph Rauch

Since privacy is a broad term and can be defined in many ways, it is not always clear what an invasion of privacy is. People can find out just about everything they want to know about you by using cookies and behavioral targeting since your Internet history is readily accessible.

Consumer Reports Finds Very Small Percentage of Facebook Users 'Are Sharing Too Much'

Larry Magid | Posted 07.07.2012 | Technology
Larry Magid

When Consumer Reports decided to write about Facebook, it focused extensively on how it's possible for people to use the service in ways that jeopardize their privacy even though, based on their own statistics, the vast majority of users have mostly positive experiences with Facebook.

Consumer Reports Privacy Survey Rings Alarm Bells

Stephen Balkam | Posted 07.04.2012 | Technology
Stephen Balkam

Consumer Reports' recent survey entitled, "Facebook & Your Privacy: Who Sees Your Data on the Biggest Social Network" raises some very important issues about the use of the details and data of our daily lives and how we are tracked in both the real world and across cyberspace.

Why They Track Us

Jules Polonetsky | Posted 07.03.2012 | Technology
Jules Polonetsky

Some critics point out that TV, radio and magazine advertisers measure ad effectiveness using research panels of users who sign up to provide feedback. Why do websites need to measure effectiveness with greater precision?

The Internet Never Forgets: How to Live in the 21st Century

Dr. Layla McCay | Posted 06.30.2012 | Technology
Dr. Layla McCay

Do we have the right to be forgotten? Thanks to social media, something silly you thought or did at age 15 could easily appear for all to judge 10, 20, or 50 years later at the tap of a button.

The Internet Privacy Debate Misses the Point

Scott Vernick | Posted 06.23.2012 | Technology
Scott Vernick

Let's put our daily conversations about information over-sharing in perspective and address what is by far the real danger to our security and national well-being.

CISPA Is the New SOPA: Help Kill It This Week

David Segal | Posted 06.16.2012 | Technology
David Segal

CISPA is the new SOPA. Today marks the opening of a week of action in opposition to the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, which would ob...

Hacked Photos Displayed As Art

AP | RAPHAEL SATTER | Posted 06.13.2012 | Arts

LONDON — Recognize that picture? Two Italian-born artists are showing off more than 10,000 private photographs they claim to have stolen from r...

Data Mining You

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 06.03.2012 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

In these last years, while so many Americans were foreclosed upon or had their homes go "underwater" and the construction industry went to hell, the intelligence housing bubble just continued to grow.

Daughter Fat? Been Dumped? Tell The Internet!

Lisa Belkin | Posted 05.28.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

It has become a ritual of sorts, predictable even as it takes us by surprise each time. Parent writes something personal. Damage may or may not be done by the revelation itself. Then so much more damage is done by the resulting outrage.

Gerry Smith

FTC Urges Congress To Shed Light On Opaque World Of Data Brokers | Gerry Smith | Posted 03.26.2012 | Technology

The Federal Trade Commission on Monday called on Congress to shed light on the opaque world of data brokers who collect and sell consumer data but rem...

Senator Speaks Out On Facebook Password Issue

AP | MANUEL VALDES | Posted 05.22.2012 | Politics

SEATTLE — A Democratic senator from Connecticut is writing a bill that would stop the practice of employers asking job applicants for their Face...

How Are Celebrity Cellphones Hacked?

Michael Gregg | Posted 05.16.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Gregg

Celebrities are a perfect target for hackers -- they're highly visible, spend lots of time on their smartphones and they know next to nothing about security. It's no wonder they're often victimized by hackers.

When Private Becomes Public -- Bad Decisions Online Can Come Back to Haunt You

Craig Agranoff | Posted 05.14.2012 | Miami
Craig Agranoff

There are many things you do online that are considered normal and probably will never get you in any sort of trouble or besmirch your good name. Sometimes, though, seemingly innocent things may become horrific defilers of your reputation.