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Internet Privacy

A Web of One's Own

Debra Scherer | Posted 02.06.2012 | Technology
Debra Scherer

Just as in real life, we have public and private lives, so too online may we have public and private experiences that we can enjoy.

Teacher's Firing Over Alleged Porn Career: A Teaching Moment for Parents

Sari Eckler Cooper | Posted 02.03.2012 | Parents
Sari Eckler Cooper

While an English teacher at a school in Boston has been put on leave while the allegations that he starred in porn videos, it is a perfect opportunity to teach kids about how private actions put on video can haunt you later in life.

The Internet Fights Back: Groups Announce Net-wide Day of Protest Against "Internet Blacklist" Bill

Tiffiniy Cheng | Posted 01.15.2012 | Technology
Tiffiniy Cheng

This bill is an assault on internet freedom and a direct threat to the livelihood of tech entrepreneurs and anyone who works in tech. And the crazy part? Most don't even know about it.

We've All Been Hacked

Jason Lorimer | Posted 01.08.2012 | Technology
Jason Lorimer

I know what you're thinking: "People are not going to check in everywhere they go. Too Orwellian." But people will adapt to using this technology in their daily lives because it is useful to them and integrated into their on-and-offline worlds.

Facebook Announcement Signals the Age of Discovery

Garren Givens | Posted 11.22.2011 | Technology
Garren Givens

Discovery has been a feature of the Internet for a long time, but there's an important difference between "today's most-emailed stories" and content that relates to the stories I've read, liked, or reviewed. This is discovery based on me.

Regulators Want Tougher Online Privacy Protections For Kids

L.A. Times | Posted 11.15.2011 | Technology

Federal regulators on Thursday proposed tougher privacy protections for preteens surfing the Internet as the government seeks to update safeguards put...

Human Rights Video Now: Opportunities and Challenges

Witness | Posted 11.07.2011 | Impact

Nearly 20 years ago, our co-founder Peter Gabriel wondered what change would be possible if people who had survived human rights abuses had access to a video camera. Now that dream is being realized.

White House Pledges New Internet Privacy Approach

CNET | Declan McCullagh | Posted 10.24.2011 | Technology

A White House aide today previewed the administration's forthcoming approach to Internet consumer protection, saying it will provide "privacy law with...

Google+ Is Not Punk Rock

Steven Nereo | Posted 10.16.2011 | Technology
Steven Nereo

Let's just get a few things straight: Google isn't your friend just like Facebook isn't your friend. When your phone wants to sync with Facebook -- or Google -- assume they are getting something out of it, because they are. Nothing is free and your information is the currency.

Privacy Revisited

Larry Flynt | Posted 10.16.2011 | Technology
Larry Flynt

For the average American citizen, the notion of privacy is extinct. Any information you put out into cyberspace could come back to bite you. Be alert: Big Brother is watching you.

Guarding Borders With Social Listening Posts

Shelly Palmer | Posted 09.17.2011 | Technology
Shelly Palmer

Social listening posts have come a long way in a very short time and, although you may not agree with the politics, it's a very cool use of the technology. That said, is it "Big Brother-ish?"

Not Backing Kids Tracking Bill

Stephen Balkam | Posted 09.17.2011 | Technology
Stephen Balkam

Who could possibly be against protecting kids on the Internet? It's not that hard to create a bi-partisan consensus that our kids need special protection online. The devil, however, is in the detail.

The Cost Of Lost Privacy, Part 1: How Google and Data-Mining Drive Economic Inequality in Our Nation

Nathan Newman | Posted 09.10.2011 | Technology
Nathan Newman

Why has economic inequality increased so radically over the last generation? Because in an age of information what is unquestionably true is that control of that information is extremely unequal -- and that inequality drives broader economic inequality in our economy.

Like-onomics: Do You Exist If You're Not on Facebook?

Gerit Quealy | Posted 08.29.2011 | Technology
Gerit Quealy

Imagine if Facebook crashed. How would we Like anything? How would we know what we Liked, or what was Likeable, or who we Liked, or who Liked us... and didn't Like us.

Colorado Judge Orders ISP To Release Users' Names

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 08.28.2011 | Denver

A federal magistrate judge in Denver ordered Skybeam, a Berthoud, Colorado, internet service provider (ISP) to disclose names of users to Façonnable,...

How Private Are Anthony Weiner's Privates?

Ivan J. Parron | Posted 08.13.2011 | Media
Ivan J. Parron

What if two or three of the co-eds with whom Anthony Weiner had online relations lands a book deal and decides to take Weiner's pictures to print? Can he take legal action then? The answer is an emphatic yes.

Facebook, Google Control Too Much Personal Data, Most Americans Say

The Huffington Post | Catharine Smith | Posted 07.17.2011 | Technology

Do Facebook and Google know too much about us? According to a new survey conducted by Harris Interactive, a majority of Americans are concerned about ...

Bianca Bosker

Facebook, Google Explain 'Strong' Opposition To Landmark Privacy Bill | Bianca Bosker | Posted 07.17.2011 | Technology

A coalition of web giants including Facebook, Google, Twitter and Skype announced they oppose a landmark California bill seeking to drastically revamp...

What Your Personal Data Is Worth To Advertisers

The Huffington Post | Amy Lee | Posted 07.14.2011 | Technology

The personal information of web users is worth a lot to advertisers--but when it comes to calculating just how much, the figures may surprise you. ...

Customers Stay Despite High-Profile Data Breaches

AP | By JORDAN ROBERTSON | Posted 07.02.2011 | Technology

SAN FRANCISCO -- Week after week, thieves break into corporate computer systems to steal customer lists, email addresses and credit card numbers. Larg...

How To Browse Privately In Firefox, Chrome And IE

Posted 06.26.2011 | Technology

Becky Chambers Private browsing is all the rage with browsers these days. Once you go into private browsing mode, you can traverse the internet w...

Innocent Man Accused Of Child Pornography After Neighbor Pirates His WiFi

AP | By CAROLYN THOMPSON | Posted 06.24.2011 | Technology

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Lying on his family room floor with assault weapons trained on him, shouts of "pedophile!" and "pornographer!" stinging like his fres...

A FIRST: Google Hit With 'Right To Be Forgotten' Case

AP | By CIARAN GILES | Posted 06.21.2011 | Technology

MADRID -- Their ranks include a plastic surgeon, a prison guard and a high school principal. All are Spanish, but have little else in common except th...

Senators Introduce 'Privacy Bill Of Rights'

The Huffington Post | Amy Lee | Posted 06.12.2011 | Technology

Senators John Kerry and John McCain have introduced proposed legislation for a "Privacy Bill of Rights" to prevent data collectors from misusing Ameri...

Privacy Bill of Rights Must Look Beyond the Symptoms of the Problem to the Root Cause

Michael Fertik | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Michael Fertik

Today's attention to Internet privacy is extremely promising. But we must be certain that we're driving meaningful reform, rather than just plastering over the most obvious symptoms.