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Twitter Introduces “Do Not Track” Privacy Feature
Last week, Twitter unveiled a brand new “Do Not Track” option that will prohibit the service from collecting data on the online behavior of its users. This new features prompted privacy experts to wonder how long Twitter has been tracking user behavior and what kind of information it collected.
The FBI’s New Tech Spy Shop: “They’re Doing the Best They Can to Avoid Being Transparent.”
The FBI is looking for ways to get past the digital locks that safeguard privacy on the Internet. They are currently pushing tech companies to build fed-friendly backdoors into their software to enable online wiretapping. Additionally, the FBI created a special unit that is responsible for developing hacks to circumvent built-in software safeguards.
Microsoft Takes Bing Streetside Offline in Germany After Privacy Complaints
Microsoft’s Bing Streetside service has been taken offline in Germany since citizens expressed their concerns about how Microsoft handles requests for blurring certain images. The German photos will be inaccessible while Microsoft evaluates the complaints and tries to figure out a solution.
FTC Appoints Privacy Advocate as Adviser
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has appointed Paul Ohm, a law professor who has been a frequent critic of current online privacy practices, as a senior privacy adviser for consumer protection and competition issues that affect Web and Mobile services.
Twitter Discover Highlights Pros and Cons of Personalization
Some individuals believe that the methods employed by Twitter to deliver relevant and personalized content on the Discover tab, which is based on the information that was gathered from monitoring people’s online activities and behaviors may seem like an invasion of their privacy. Although customizing content could yield positive results, it involves a certain degree of privacy infringement.
Google Street View privacy Scandal Broadens
A recent report from federal investigators and new information about the engineer behind the data collecting software used by Google Inc. are casting doubt on Google’s reassurances that its street-mapping cars were unknowingly collecting personal data from Wi-Fi networks. Looks like Google won’t be able to put this scandal behind it for a while longer.
Online Social Networking Site Facebook Introduces Feature to Help Users Donate and Share Bodily Organs
Facebook has unveiled a new initiative to utilize the social networking site to help connect organ donors with people in need of life-saving transplants. Mark Zuckerberg was the first user to sign up to donate on a social network.
Yahoo! Aggregates Marketing Tasks with New Dashboard
Yahoo! has launched a Marketing Dashboard that consolidates a view of many metrics including Website traffic analysis, company’s online reputation, as well as email tracking and SOC campaigns. These marketing campaign insights can help small businesses refine their investments.
End of Internet Privacy
The US is currently poised to pass a new law that would allow US agents to spy on almost everything people do online. The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protecting Act (CISPA) would allow companies doing business in the US to collect information related to individuals’ online activity and hand it over to the US government. CISPA is being moved forward in Congress and will be voted upon in a matter of days.
Privacy Groups Launch Protest Against CISPA Bill
Several groups launched protests against a controversial proposed cybersecurity bill that would allow companies to send private data to government at any time. This bill was originally introduced in November and is scheduled for a vote in the US House of Representatives this week.
Facebook Doesn’t Have to Trample on Our Privacy Rights in the Name of Cybersecurity
Facebook has received a great deal of criticism from digital rights groups in order to get the company to drop support of the CISPA bill. In response to those criticisms, Facebook’s Vice President of US Public Policy Joel Kaplan published a statement last week admitting that they had privacy concerns with the bill. He also stated that Facebook’s major cybersecurity goal is to receive more data about cybersecurity threats from the government, which is something that doesn’t necessitate the sweeping data sharing provisions currently outlined in CISPA.
Internet Privacy Laws Lacking in U.S.
Over half of the Internet’s top sites use “Flash cookies” which track site visits and record clicks to specific sites as well as shopping carts created, and advertisements viewed. A survey by the University of California, Berkley and the University of Pennsylvania revealed that 86% of young adults don’t want tailored online advertising if it is a result of being anonymously followed on websites.
‘Friends’ & Teachers?
As social platforms become a bigger part of people’s lives, schools begin to debate which teacher-student social online interactions are appropriate. Some states have already created policies to address these concerns. For example, Missouri tried to prohibit teachers from befriending their students on social networks, however this legislation was repealed in favor of a revised version.
‘Do Not Track’ Web Browser Option Gains Steam
Government regulators in the United States and Europe are currently requesting the online advertising industry to adopt the “do not track” Web browser option. While some browsers, such as Internet Explorer, Safari and Firefox already offer this function, there is no consensus on how much privacy the option entails.
Opinion: In The Digital Age, Everyone Is Becoming a Spook
A recent poll published by the American magazine Consumer Reports determined that 71% of adults are concerned about Internet companies abusing their personal information. While this poll is a good representation of how many individuals fear abuse of their information by private companies, it fails to reveal people’s concern of governmental abuse of the same information.
Privacy is Important – But Not an Antitrust Issue
While it makes sense that the ads individuals see pop up on their computers reflect their interests, there is a growing number of individuals getting concerned about online companies collecting consumer data. The demand from consumers for strong privacy protections, greater transparency and more control has significantly increased, therefore calling for privacy legislation. Both Rep. Blackburn and Sen. Franken are erroneously suggesting that there is an antitrust aspect to privacy and innovation. The law is clear in this area: privacy is not an antitrust issue.
Britain Cracks Down on Internet Privacy
In Great Britain’s Parliament next month, the Queen will introduce legislation that would change internet privacy in a dramatic way. This new law will make it mandatory for Internet companies to install hardware that would enable the government to use GCHQ, its listening agency, to examine on demand any phone call, text message or email delivered in “real time.”
Editorial: ‘Opt Out’ Should Be As Easy to Search as Googling
Recently a Frenchman sued Google over a satellite photo of him urinating in his front yard. While this case was dismissed on a technicality, many internet users share his concerns about privacy violation. And feel uncomfortable with the ease with which the computer programs such as Google and Facebook can pull together information about user’s contacts, whereabouts and shopping habits. They believe that Google and other Internet companies should make it easy for users to opt out of sharing information if they want to.
US Regulators Call for Tighter Online Privacy Rules
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) called for Internet users to be given an easy-to-use “Do Not Track” feature. They voted 3-to-1 to put its seal on recommendations for businesses and U.S. legislators to better protect people’s privacy. FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz said, “If companies adopt our final recommendations for best practices – and many of them already have – they will be able to innovate and deliver creative new services that consumers can enjoy without sacrificing their privacy.”
Why Google Isn’t the Privacy Villain (This Time)
What are some of the government’s approaches to protecting online privacy?
Beyond SOPA: Obama’s Privacy Bill of Rights
The White House has made up a blueprint detailing clear protections for consumers and greater certainty for companies when dealing with online privacy. The 62-page framework for protecting consumer data online was unveiled. Read what all they have included.
Privacy regulators: US and EU will take different approaches
Both the US and EU governments are pushing for new online privacy standards. The main difference is that the U.S. is focusing on enforcement of the privacy promises that companies make while the E.U. will enforce privacy rights even when companies make no promises. Who do you think will take a stronger role in privacy enforcement?
Social Media Role In Police Cases Growing
With more people flaunting their actions and thoughts in the open, social media networks have become a definite go-to for police departments and federal agencies. Roughly 88% of law enforcement agencies claim to have used social media sites with Facebook being the number one used. Does law enforcement have the right to shut down people’s Facebook pages?
Google Promises to Cooperate with Safari-Related Privacy Probes
Last month Google admitted to bypassing the default privacy settings of Apple’s Safari web browser. Google has pledged to cooperate with all probes into their actions that seek to find out if they were in violation of a consent decree they signed with the FTC last year.
Just how concerned are we with online privacy?
Search Engine Users Worry About Privacy Invasion
A new study shows a large increase in the number of people using search engines. 73% of
Americans use search engines as opposed to 52% in 2002. Other statistics in recent studies
show current trends and how they relate to the increased public privacy awareness.
Loosening the Privacy Reigns Isn’t So Bad, But Where’s is the Payoff?
A less critical look at the online privacy discussion. What do we gain by being tracked? Are
targeted ads even effective? Writer Matt Asay talks about why he doesn’t have a problem with
large ad networks monitoring his online behavior.
Australians Concerned For Online Privacy
Many people are finding it difficult to consent to any use of personal information online because
it isn’t clear on exactly how it will be used. Australians are now more than ever in favor of a legal
right to online privacy especially after the recent world phone hacking scandals.
Online Privacy Not a Key Concern Yet: Ericsson Survey
Even though the awareness of online companies using consumer data for commercial purposes
is growing, there is little change in behaviour when it comes to sharing information online. The
survey shows that people are least likely to share information on medical records and their
financial situation but don’t really have an issue sharing music playlists, religious beliefs, or
current mood. The survey also notes that there is an increased awareness in privacy issues but
no immediate sense of urgency.
Online Privacy Changes Change the Way Consumers and Businesses Behave.
Online Advertising Isn’t Creepy Enough
Are marketers’ online attempts to track our every move an invasion of privacy or a luxury we should appreciate? Arguments are made that if they were a little more creepy people may be more willing to give up their privacy for a little more personal gain.
Data Security and Privacy Concerns Impacting What People Buy, Where They Do Business
With recent high profile data breaches consumers are being more cautious about which companies they do business with. A majority of people around the world feel that their personal information is not completely secure in the hands of companies. A recent study indicated that people are hesitant to do any sort of businesses with any company they perceive incapable of protecting their data.
Privacy Alert! Employers & Colleges Demand Facebook Passwords
What would you do if while in an interview you were asked for your passwords to your social media accounts? A new trend emerging is just this. Many are crying foul to these practices and that such practices are in violation of First Amendment rights.
Online reputations becoming more important than resumes and great Reputation Management tips!
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Repairing Your Online Reputation
How do you protect your online reputation? Sue Newberry who owns a Rollarama Skate Rink says she definitely takes her applicants online reputation into consideration when hiring. She notes that if companies like hers that employs roughly 30 people are looking into online reputations you better believe the big companies are doing the same.
Your Reputation Is Your Resume
Do you have an online presence? Our online activity is now replacing resumes on showing off who you really are. Online resources are paving the way for people to build reputations and demonstrating their skills.
3 Online Reputation Management Don’ts for 2012
Great tips for managing your online reputation. Topics include being proactive about negativity, using social media, and how to respond to negative reviews.
When Employees Use Social Media, Protect Your Brand
Employees have the potential to do a lot of damage to a brand’s reputation from how they choose to use social media. These are six practical tips that will help keep employees from making a brand guilty by association.
Workplace Social-Media policies, companies shifting towards social-media customer care, increased privacy trends for FB users, and basic online privacy protection tips.
For Unhappy Consumers Social-Media Are the Mighty Sword.
In a recent study of social media users by Nielsen and NM Incite, most said they give online reviews to give companies recognition, but 58 percent said they give negative feedback to protect others from bad experiences. Among 18- to 34-year-olds, 42 percent expect customer support within 12 hours of such a complaint.”This is a fundamental shift in the way businesses operate,” said Kary Delaria, whose company, Kane Consulting in Minneapolis, advises companies on online reputation management. “We’re becoming a society of consumers that want businesses to act like a person. And businesses haven’t done this before.”