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'Facebook parenting' is destroying our children's privacy updated: Fri May 25 2012 07:35:00

Today's 30-somethings are the first generation whose children are coming of age alongside the social Web.

Twitter joins 'Do Not Track,' gives users privacy optionupdated: Thu May 17 2012 20:47:00

A Federal Trade Commission official announced that Twitter users will be able block personal data from being shared with third-party websites.

Opinion: Is the social web an asteroid for the Google dinosaur?updated: Fri Mar 30 2012 08:05:00

For all the creative destruction that the Internet has wrought over the last decade, there has been one constant: Google's remarkable dominance of the internet economy.

Employers asking for Facebook passwordsupdated: Fri Mar 30 2012 08:05:00

HLN's Vinnie Politan gets some legal advice on what you should do if your employer asks for your social media passwords.

Google launches monthly user-activity featureupdated: Wed Mar 28 2012 18:08:00

Weeks after a policy change that sparked privacy concerns, Google has rolled out a new feature that will give users a monthly update to help them keep track of their activity across Google's multiple sites and tools.

How Europe is dealing with online privacyupdated: Thu Feb 23 2012 14:35:00

Today, we live in a world of breathtaking possibilities. We can send instant messages to our loved ones on the other side of the world at the tap of a finger. We can share vacation photos with friends in real time. We can entrust our private data to a cloud service provider without having to worry about storage space.

CNNMoney: Consumer Privacy Bill of Rightsupdated: Thu Feb 23 2012 10:32:00

The White House on Thursday unveiled its proposed "Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights," a voluntary act that it called a "comprehensive blueprint" for future legislation. The full text of the bill is below. The Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights applies to personal data, which means any data, including aggregations of data, that is linkable to a specific individual. Personal data may include data that is linked to a specific computer or other device. The Administration supports Federal legislation that adopts the principles of the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights. Even without legislation, the Administration will convene multistakeholder processes that use these rights as a template for codes of conduct that are enforceable by the Federal Trade Commission. These elements -- the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights, codes of conduct, and strong enforcement -- will increase interoperability between the U.S. consumer data privacy framework and those of our international partners.

Attorneys general have 'strong concerns' about Google privacy rulesupdated: Wed Feb 22 2012 18:18:00

The top government lawyers from three dozen states sent a letter to Google on Wednesday, expressing "strong concerns" with the privacy policy the Web giant intends to roll out soon.

Google gets new privacy policyupdated: Thu Feb 09 2012 14:58:00

Google gets a new privacy policy. CNN's Lisa Sylvester reports.

Google knows too much about youupdated: Thu Feb 09 2012 14:58:00

If you use Google, and I know you do, you may have noticed a little banner popping up at the top of the page announcing: "We're changing our privacy policy and terms." It gives you the choice to "Learn More" or, another option, the one I'm betting most people followed, to "Dismiss."

Google seeks to clarify new privacy policyupdated: Fri Jan 27 2012 16:49:00

Seeking to blunt a sharp backlash to recent privacy policy changes, Google has offered to share "the real story" about a system that compiles information about users based on their activity on all of Google's sites and products.

Fallout continues over smartphone tracking appupdated: Tue Dec 06 2011 10:37:00

The Web fallout continued Friday over news that a hidden app could be tracking smartphone users' activity.

EU eyes big fines for privacy breachesupdated: Sun Dec 04 2011 21:29:00

Businesses breaching European Union privacy rules will face fines of up to 5 per cent of their global turnover under sweeping proposals to be unveiled next month.

Justices debate what damages are due for privacy violationupdated: Wed Nov 30 2011 16:20:00

The Supreme Court wrestled Wednesday with a familiar, if elusive, foe -- legislative intent -- when considering whether a California man should be compensated after the government violated his privacy by disclosing his personal medical history.

Parents help kids lie to get on Facebook, study findsupdated: Tue Nov 01 2011 19:23:00

It probably won't surprise you that millions of underage kids -- some as young as age 8 -- are on Facebook, despite rules that prohibit children under 13 from joining the social-networking site.

CNNMoney: Your phone company is selling your personal dataupdated: Tue Nov 01 2011 10:14:00

Your phone company knows where you live, what websites you visit, what apps you download, what videos you like to watch, and even where you are. Now, some have begun selling that valuable information to the highest bidder.

German official: Ditch Facebook's 'like' buttonsupdated: Fri Aug 19 2011 16:21:00

A government official in Germany has ordered websites to stop using Facebook's "like" button, saying they give away personal information.

Probe of journalists' misdeeds appears to expand beyond Murdoch papersupdated: Thu Jul 21 2011 15:28:00

A British police investigation into illegal activity by journalists appears to have expanded beyond Rupert Murdoch's disgraced and now defunct News of the World tabloid.

CNNMoney: Facebook facial recognition draws ire of Connecticut Attorney Generalupdated: Fri Jun 17 2011 16:00:00

Facebook's facial-recognition feature for automatically tagging uploaded photos with the names of those pictured sparked a backlash from privacy advocates. Now it's coming under scrutiny from Connecticut's attorney general, who sent a letter to company officials this week requesting a meeting.

CNNMoney: Senators propose new mobile data privacy lawupdated: Wed Jun 15 2011 14:59:00

Two senators proposed a mobile privacy bill on Wednesday, in response to a furor over the news that Apple and Google devices can track and store users' location information.

Apple blames iPhone tracking file on 'bug'updated: Wed Apr 27 2011 10:28:00

After a week of silence, Apple on Wednesday responded to widespread complaints about iPhones and iPads tracking their users' whereabouts by saying "the iPhone is not logging your location" and announcing an upcoming mobile software update.

CNNMoney: Mass e-mail breach: Just how bad is it?updated: Wed Apr 06 2011 15:09:00

It seems like every day for the past week, another dozen major companies have come out and said that they too have been affected by the massive data breach at e-mail marketing firm Epsilon.

CNNMoney: Obama administration calls for online privacy bill of rightsupdated: Thu Dec 16 2010 12:40:00

The Obama administration on Thursday unveiled a proposed new framework for protecting consumers' privacy online.

Who is really stealing your privacy?updated: Mon Dec 13 2010 07:22:00

Privacy advocates are up in arms. They say the Obama administration is seeking to increase the government's surveillance powers. The White House is out to require internet companies to keep trapdoors so the government can read any and all messages.

Google to delete inadvertent Street View dataupdated: Fri Nov 19 2010 10:55:00

Google agreed Friday to delete data it inadvertently collected from unsecured Wi-Fi networks when compiling its Street View mapping service in Britain, authorities said.

CNNMoney: FCC investigating Google data breachupdated: Thu Nov 11 2010 11:43:00

The Federal Communications Commission is investigating whether Google broke the law by collecting personal information from Internet users while gathering data for its Street View mapping technology.

New Congress, same approach to hot-button Internet issuesupdated: Thu Nov 04 2010 08:03:00

Amidst all the shouting over Tuesday's transfer of the House of Representatives to Republican control, a distinct cry of pain could be heard for the loss of one voice -- Representative Rick Boucher (D-VA). Republican Morgan Griffith, majority leader of Virginia's House of Delegates, has taken Boucher's seat.

What Google's Street View breach means for your privacyupdated: Tue Oct 26 2010 16:28:00

This week, Google announced that it had accidentally collected passwords, e-mails and other personal information from random Wi-Fi users while working on its Street View feature.

Parent survey says social networks don't protect kids' privacyupdated: Fri Oct 08 2010 08:08:00

Most parents think their children share too much information online -- and that search engines and social networks aren't doing enough to protect privacy, according to poll results released Friday.

Google fires engineer for privacy breachupdated: Wed Sep 15 2010 15:41:00

Google confirmed on Tuesday that it fired an employee earlier this year for violating its policies on accessing the accounts of its users.

CNNMoney: Beware of online ID theftupdated: Tue Aug 03 2010 11:12:00

Identity theft is on the rise and increased Internet use, whether on a PC or a handheld device, may be to blame. 16% of American households with the Internet reported some kind of identity theft last year, according to a recent survey by Consumer Reports.

The ongoing war against cybercrimeupdated: Sun Jul 11 2010 09:33:00

Like most college students, Jake McCoy had to apply for several loans to pay for his education.

Fortune: Google, feeling lucky, tells German privacy czar to waitupdated: Thu May 27 2010 18:09:00

Yesterday, Google dropped the ball on a deadline to turn over a hard drive full of illegally collected data to the German government. The misstep, it's fair to say, makes Google watchers wonder: does the Internet giant answer to anyone?

Facebook's privacy changesupdated: Thu May 27 2010 07:18:00

CNN's Maggie Lake looks at what Facebook is doing to alleviate users' concerns over privacy.

Facebook issue a wake-up callupdated: Thu May 27 2010 07:18:00

Facebook has grown to almost half a billion members who use it numerous times every day. The social media site has for many become as much a part of their lives as the telephone or television, and for some, it is even more essential.

CNNMoney: Facebook to simplify privacy controlsupdated: Tue May 25 2010 18:25:00

Facebook confirmed Tuesday that it will simplify its privacy settings, in a move aimed at quelling growing concerns over how much user information is exposed online.

Facebook launches new security featureupdated: Tue May 25 2010 10:39:00

Facebook has announced a new security feature that aims to keep hackers from tapping into users' personal information.

Amid backlash, Facebook tries to save faceupdated: Wed May 12 2010 13:36:00

Facebook's latest modifications make it pretty clear that the company is eager to spread its brand even further across the Web -- and that's left some privacy advocates a little freaked out as they look at the vast amount of personal information that Facebook has on hand.

Senators urge Facebook to change privacy settingsupdated: Tue Apr 27 2010 20:51:00

Four Democratic senators called on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday to reconsider the recent changes in its privacy settings and asked the Federal Trade Commission to streamline guidelines regarding privacy on all social networks.

Is Facebook compromising your privacy?updated: Tue Apr 27 2010 20:51:00

Sen. Schumer is outraged that Facebook can now share your information with other websites. CNN's Brian Todd reports.

Revising privacy law for the 'cloud' eraupdated: Wed Mar 31 2010 15:51:00

The government needs a search warrant to bust into your house, search your files, and pull out any incriminating documents. It needs the same warrant for files stored on your computer. So why doesn't the same standard apply when the same information is stored in online servers operated by third parties like Google or Microsoft?

Body scanners can store, send images, group saysupdated: Mon Jan 11 2010 12:01:00

A privacy group says the Transportation Security Administration is misleading the public with claims that full-body scanners at airports cannot store or send their graphic images.

Disarray at the TSAupdated: Mon Jan 11 2010 12:01:00

CNN's Randi Kaye takes a look at a series of embarrassing headlines and gaffes at the TSA.

Protesters hijack more than 200 Facebook groupsupdated: Tue Nov 10 2009 15:39:00

Hundreds of Facebook groups have been hijacked in recent days by users pointing out what they say is a weakness in how the social-networking site handles the administration of its groups.

Will your privacy be compromised online?updated: Tue Sep 29 2009 07:26:00

The 2010 Census is nearly under way, but don't expect an e-mail from the U.S. Census Bureau asking you personal questions in its head count of America.

Facebook makes privacy changesupdated: Fri Aug 28 2009 02:23:00

Facebook has announced it is to overhaul its privacy settings to make it clearer for users to know who has access to their personal data.

Calling all spies: Has cell phone spy tech got your number?updated: Wed Aug 26 2009 14:26:00

When BlackBerry users in the United Arab Emirates received a text message from their service provider on July 8 instructing them to install an upgrade on their handsets, they had no idea the application also contained software that, according to BlackBerry's maker, would enable third parties to peek at private information on their phones.

Think you deleted your cookies? Think againupdated: Wed Aug 12 2009 12:18:00

More than half of the Internet's top websites use a little known capability of Adobe's Flash plugin to track users and store information about them, but only four of them mention the so-called Flash Cookies in their privacy policies, UC Berkeley researchers found.

CNNMoney: Can digital health protect your privacy?updated: Tue Aug 11 2009 15:27:00

Digitizing health records. A good idea say most experts, but it will take a feat of policy, technology and education to ensure your records don't get into the wrong hands. Don Banks: Upshaw had proof Vincent released agents' confidential infoupdated: Wed Feb 25 2009 20:27:00

With the NFL Players Association having outside legal counsel investigate whether former union president Troy Vincent improperly released confidential information about agents to a longtime friend and business partner, Mark Mangum, sources tell that one revelation expected to come to light is that former NFLPA executive director Gene Upshaw had collected numerous internal e-mails from Vincent allegedly proving that he disclosed the privileged information.

Expert: Social networkers risk 'losing control' of privacyupdated: Wed Feb 18 2009 12:46:00

Users of social-networking sites such as Facebook risk losing control of their personal information because they are not fully aware of the implications for their privacy, a freedom of information expert warned Wednesday.

Stolen laptop contains personal info of 2,500 patientsupdated: Tue Mar 25 2008 02:05:00

A government laptop computer stolen last month held unencrypted medical records of 2,500 participants in a government study, Susan Shirin, deputy director of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) told CNN Monday. Report: ID Theft Efforts Lackingupdated: Fri Feb 22 2008 16:30:00

Nearly two years after a flap in which veterans' personal information was put at risk of identity theft, the feds are still not doing all they can to prevent further lapses

Cyber searches at airportsupdated: Mon Feb 11 2008 11:50:00

Have you ever had your laptop seized when you arrive in the U.S.? CNN's Jeanne Meserve reports.

Suit: Airport searches of laptops, other devices intrusiveupdated: Mon Feb 11 2008 11:50:00

Amir Khan says he becomes frustrated and humiliated every time he enters the United States and federal agents search his computers. Khan, a Pakistani-born U.S. citizen, says it has happened five times since 2003.

FBI wants palm prints, eye scans, tattoo mappingupdated: Mon Feb 04 2008 14:05:00

The FBI is gearing up to create a massive computer database of people's physical characteristics, all part of an effort the bureau says to better identify criminals and terrorists.

DHS now collecting 10 fingerprints from foreign travelers updated: Mon Dec 10 2007 14:37:00

The Department of Homeland Security is now collecting scans of all 10 fingerprints from foreign travelers entering the United States at Dulles International Airport, and plans to extend the program to all international airports in the country by the end of next year.

Monster lagged in disclosing theftupdated: Fri Aug 24 2007 00:06:00 waited five days to tell its users about a security breach that resulted in the theft of confidential information from some 1.3 million job seekers, a company executive told Reuters Thursday. Google-DoubleClick Deal Draws Criticismupdated: Fri Jul 06 2007 15:45:00

Europe's major consumer group BEUC fears Google Inc.'s takeover of online ad tracker DoubleClick Inc. would damage European Union privacy rights and limit consumers' choice of Web content

CNNMoney: Backlash against RFID is growingupdated: Mon May 21 2007 11:38:00

Civil rights and privacy rights groups have opposed radio frequency identification, or RFID, for years. But now, researchers in the field and some lawmakers are beginning to voice concerns about the security of the technology.

CNNMoney: Internet crime gets personalupdated: Wed Mar 14 2007 14:11:00

Internet pirates have begun to turn away from traditional attack modes such as viruses and worms and are increasingly using targeted emails and other techniques to swipe critical personal information, according to an Internet security report released Monday.

Business 2.0: Patching Up the Leaky Corporationupdated: Mon Jan 29 2007 17:10:00

You're savvy. You've read lots of network security horror stories, so you've taken all the usual precautions. You've installed firewalls, password-protected your gear, and created offsite backups. ...

Money Magazine: The Complete Layman's Guide to Cyber Safetyupdated: Fri Dec 01 2006 00:01:00

ID theft, pretexting, security holes in browsers, targeted Web advertising, the kids' MySpace profiles, the company's monitoring software, phishing, spyware, Wi-Fi break-ins. CAN'T A PERSON GET A L...

Business 2.0: How to hacker-proof your businessupdated: Mon Oct 23 2006 09:22:00

You're savvy. You've read lots of network security horror stories, so you've taken all the usual precautions. You've installed firewalls, password-protected your gear, and created offsite backups.

CNNMoney: Protection from 'pretexting'updated: Wed Sep 13 2006 13:57:00

Pretexting - or lying to get someone else's private information, may have unraveled the corporate kingdom of Hewlett Packard.

Fortune: Patricia Dunn should resign as chairman of HPupdated: Thu Sep 07 2006 11:52:00

It's sad to say, but given the furor over how the HP board handled an internal leak to the press and her apparent egregious judgment, Patricia Dunn should resign as chair.

Reid: VA secretary should resignupdated: Tue Aug 08 2006 16:29:00

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid on Tuesday called on Veterans Affairs Secretary Jim Nicholson to resign after another incident involving the loss of a computer containing personal data on tens of thousands of veterans.

CNNMoney: Think all Wi-Fi networks are secure?updated: Thu Jul 06 2006 16:49:00

Think your computer is secure when you log onto a Wi-Fi network at a major hotel?

CNNMoney: Doing right by 26.5 million vetsupdated: Thu May 25 2006 13:36:00

NEW YORK ( - If I borrow something of yours, then lose it or realize it's been stolen from me because I wasn't vigilant about protecting it, you'd probably expect me to do everything I could to make amends.

CNNMoney: You want a piece of me? Pay me.updated: Fri Mar 17 2006 10:51:00

NEW YORK ( - Would you ever agree to work overtime for free, indefinitely, creating profits for someone else?

CNNMoney: Stop ID theft before it happensupdated: Mon Mar 13 2006 10:39:00

Everybody fears identity theft but not many people do anything to prevent it from happening.

CNNMoney: ChoicePoint to pay $15M in finesupdated: Fri Jan 27 2006 05:58:00

The Federal Trade Commission has levied the largest fine in its history against consumer data broker ChoicePoint Inc. for the company's failure to protect consumer privacy and violations of federal laws that resulted in 800 cases of identity theft.

CNNMoney: People's Bank personal data lostupdated: Thu Jan 12 2006 09:17:00

People's Bank said it is notifying about 90,000 customers affected by a recently lost tape that contained personal information.

CNNMoney: It's a brave new world: fight ID fraudupdated: Tue Sep 27 2005 10:17:00

Hurricane victims struggling to rebuild their lives may be faced with an additional challenge: regaining their identity.

CNNMoney: Breaches: Federal law on the way?updated: Wed Jul 06 2005 15:31:00

If we've learned anything from the massive consumer data breaches that have been reported this year, it's this: There isn't much protecting us from having our personal information exposed, traded or stolen.

Money Magazine: What No One is Telling You about Identity Theftupdated: Fri Jul 01 2005 00:01:00

On a sunny may morning on capitol hill, power suits were hard at work spinning members of Congress. There to testify were representatives of the financial giant Visa and of data brokers Acxiom and ...

CNNMoney: ID data breaches: as rampant as it seemsupdated: Tue Jun 21 2005 09:38:00

NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - Over 40 million card accounts potentially exposed to fraud is a big deal. But is it unusual?

Fortune: The Great Date Heistupdated: Mon May 16 2005 00:01:00

The press release was written just seven months ago, yet it already sounds quaint. "U.S. announces guilty plea in largest identity-theft case in nation's history," declared the U.S. Attorney's offi...

CNNMoney: Privacy experts' wish listupdated: Wed May 11 2005 17:27:00

NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - Businesses, government agencies, private investigators and, frankly, anybody with a few dollars and a devious mind can get their hands on some of your most sensitive personal information.

CNNMoney: Your identity...for saleupdated: Mon May 09 2005 15:11:00

NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - In the past four weeks alone, there have been reports of massive security breaches of over 2 million people's sensitive personal information.

CNNMoney: Identity exposedupdated: Wed May 04 2005 11:37:00

We've reported to you about security breaches at ChoicePoint, Boston College, and LexisNexis. Now, the latest case of missing personal data turns out to be closer to home.

CNNMoney: LexisNexis acknowledges more ID theftupdated: Tue Apr 12 2005 07:24:00

LexisNexis, which compiles and sells personal and financial data on U.S. consumers, said Tuesday that personal information on 310,000 people nationwide may have been stolen.

CNNMoney: Practicing safe bloggingupdated: Fri Apr 08 2005 09:32:00

Add blogging to the list of extracurricular activities in need of some protection.

CNNMoney: ChoicePoint execs cash out amid breachupdated: Fri Feb 25 2005 18:55:00

The chairman and the president of ChoicePoint -- under fire for allowing phony businesses to buy access last fall to their database of personal information on consumers -- have between them sold almost 500,000 shares of company stock for a profit of $17.6 million since November, according to Securities and Exchange Commission filings.

CNNMoney: Advice for ChoicePoint victimsupdated: Wed Feb 23 2005 11:11:00

Have you seen ChoicePoint in the headlines? What is it anyway? As many as 145,000 consumers may be the victims of identity theft after a company few have ever heard of exposed their personal information to criminals.

CNNMoney: ChoicePoint: More ID theft warningsupdated: Thu Feb 17 2005 08:42:00

ChoicePoint Inc., a national provider of identification and credential verification services, says it will send an additional 110,000 statements to people informing them of possible identity theft after a group of well-organized criminals was able to obtain personal information on almost 140,000 consumers through the company.

CNNMoney: Online shoppingupdated: Wed Nov 17 2004 13:55:00

More and more Americans are skipping the mall and shopping online.

Identity theft case could be largest so far updated: Wed Jul 21 2004 18:54:00

A Florida man was indicted Wednesday in an alleged scheme to steal vast amounts of personal information, and the Justice Department said it might be the largest illegal invasion and theft of personal data to date.

CNNMoney: Survey: eBay most trusted for privacyupdated: Thu Jun 10 2004 10:00:00

Online bazaar eBay Inc. is the most trusted U.S. company for privacy, according to a new consumer study released late on Wednesday.

Can Utah's new anti-spyware law work?updated: Thu Jun 03 2004 12:05:00

In March of this year, Utah became the first state to enact new legislation addressing certain types of "spyware" -- with its Spyware Control Act. (Spyware is software that tracks a consumer's online activities, and uses the data it collects to choose targeted pop-up advertisements and other promotional messages, which are then displayed to the user.)

CNNMoney: High-tech Japanese home of the futureupdated: Tue Apr 06 2004 09:35:00

Imagine getting home from work to be greeted by the family robot, which recognizes your voice and reminds you that you've forgotten your spouse's birthday before alerting you that the hospital has just called.

CNNMoney: Shopping safely onlineupdated: Mon Mar 15 2004 10:31:00

More and more Americans are skipping the mall and heading online to shop. In each of the next five years, sales via the web will grow at a 19 percent clip, says Forrester Research. By 2008, consumers will spend nearly $230 billion or 10 percent of all retail sales online.

Fortune: The Tools Of Freedom And Security Information is the key to winning the war on terror. But some of that updated: Mon Oct 29 2001 00:01:00

The personal freedoms that we take for granted in the U.S. also make more possible the acts of terrorism that have traumatized the country. As a result, an urgent conflict has emerged between the l...

Money Magazine: How To Escape The Telemarketer's Callupdated: Mon May 01 2000 00:01:00

With more and more confidential information whipping around the Web, it's not surprising that privacy is becoming an increasingly public issue. In March, after an outcry from privacy advocates, the...


"On each landing, opposite the lift shaft, the poster with the enormous face gazed from the wall. It was one of those pictures which are so contrived that the eyes follow you about when you move. B...

Fortune: WHAT TO DO ABOUT COMPUTER VIRUSESupdated: Mon Dec 05 1988 00:01:00

Ever more fearful that a virus could invade their computer systems, U.S. companies are turning increasingly to security specialists and asking for help. Cris Castro, director of information securit...

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