Posts in category: Social Media
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.
Adobe Announces Privacy Solution for Digital Advertisers and Publishers
Last week, Adobe Systems Incorporated announced enhancements to Adobe TagManager, which allow digital advertisers and publishers to offer consumers more flexible privacy solutions including notice and control over how their data is used online. Additionally, TagManager can help digital advertisers quickly and effortlessly configure data collection practices by geography.
Can We Retain Privacy in the Era of Big Data?
The pervasiveness of social networks and the benefits of sharing personal information through social media resulted in people’s concern about their online privacy. In this article, author Don Tapscott questions the idea that privacy as a social norm is changing and becoming an outmoded concept.
Google Has Date with French Regulators
SNOPA Addresses Online Privacy Concerns
The Social Networking Online Protection Act (SNOPA) was created to prevent employers, schools and universities from asking students and employees for their usernames and passwords on social networks such as Facebook, MySpace and Twitter. In addition to the workplace, this issue has also been prevalent in the education sector, which is even more troubling due to children’s inability to properly defend their rights to the same extent as adults can. States like New York, Illinois, and Maryland have already begun to address this issue; however, a federal statute still needs to be involved in resolving these concerns.
Online transparency is best consumer protection
Online privacy advocates and digital advertisers continue deliberating on the issue that could limit information collected about American consumers, in addition to having the potential to significantly limit people’s access to online news, email, music and even social networks that are paid for by online advertising.
Can Schools Regulate Students’ Facebook Activity?
It’s clear from the prevalence of raunchy photos that appear regularly on various social networks that many students are unaware of online security laws as well as the effect of such actions on others. The only way that the school can lawfully enforce a punishment is if a student posts during school, at a school event, or on a student’s way to or from school.
DIY Online Reputation Management Tips
This article provides a few tips any company or business professional can master to protect their online reputation. The first thing to do is set up a strong defense against potential attacks, then set privacy settings on each of the company’s social media account and post strong, positive, compelling content.
South Bay Lawmaker’s Facebook Privacy Bill Nears Passage
A California bill to prevent companies from snooping on employees or prospective employees by logging onto their accounts on Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites has cleared a key committee, with little opposition expected when it goes for a vote.
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.
Cybersecurity Bill’s Authors Will Add Amendments to Address Privacy Concerns
The authors of the cybersecurity bill stated that the legislation was amended before the House voted on it last Friday in response to privacy concerns. While the White House has declined to comment on the bill specifically, a senior administration official stated that cybersecurity legislation also needed to regulate critical infrastructure, such as the power grid, and include oversight to protect citizens’ privacy.
Privacy controls to be adopted by mobile phone operators
International mobile operators will adopt guidelines designed to give customers control over how their personal information and data gathered about their activities is used. A log will be created to determine which information consumers are willing to share, which will then be used to limit the kinds of data available to marketers and others if a subscriber adds restrictions.
Is Google Drive worse for privacy than iCloud, Skydrive, and Dropbox?
Why You Should Care About and Defend Your Privacy
While it may seem like online privacy is no longer an option, LifeHacker wanted to outline a few reasons why keeping your online information safe is important and share a few ways to keep it safe. Even if someone is not convinced that their data is worth protecting, there are others who need that protection. To that point, it’s worth remembering that on many social networks, people give up information about those they’re connected to when they let another app or service in.
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.
ZoneAlarm recently published an infographic with some well-known stats about the social networking giant Facebook, as well as some shocking facts that will likely make a few of you do a double take. They sure surprised us!
The infographic offers a detailed look at the current (and growing!) size of Facebook’s user base, geographic distribution of those users, common cyber attacks occurring on the social network and tips for protecting your reputation and personal data on Facebook.
Here are some of the most compelling facts addressed in the infographic:
- At present, Facebook boasts an impressive 800 million+ users
- 80% of Facebook’s user base consists of people outside of the U.S.
- Facebook encounters as many as 600,000 attempted login-hijacks per day and has numerous protections in place to act as a barrier to these attacks
- Remember to always switch on HTTPS safe browsing under your Facebook account settings
- If a link looks like spam or a virus, it probably is. When in doubt, don’t click!
The big news on everyone’s radar last week was the announcement that social networking giant Facebook and the Federal Trade Commission have agreed to a settlement over charges that “it [Facebook] deceived users by telling them they could keep their information on Facebook private and then repeatedly making it public.”
Facebook has agreed to the terms that for 20 years they will undergo privacy audits and adhere to stricter privacy requirements. Most importantly, the FTC has required that the company explicitly notify users about any changes to privacy policies and only share user information with a wider audience if the user agrees to grant access. The charges against Facebook included a list of eight specific complaints against the social networking site’s use of consumer data. Continue Reading…
According to individuals briefed on the agreement, the conditions would require Facebook to undergo privacy audits for a 20-year-span, and “prohibit Facebook from making public a piece of information that a user had originally shared privately on the site without express permission.” Continue Reading…