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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.

Who owns Facebook?updated: Fri May 18 2012 13:18:00

CNNMoney looks at the people who make up the biggest investors in Facebook.

Surprise: The Internet hates rich peopleupdated: Fri May 18 2012 13:18:00

It's no shock that people love to hate Facebook.

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.

Survey for health, poverty benefits threatened in Congressupdated: Tue May 15 2012 08:14:00

Americans needing health insurance or disability services could be overlooked by their local governments if a bill now being considered by the Senate passes. It would eliminate a survey that some call a vital source of information about health indicators of millions of Americans, but which House Republicans say is too expensive and raises privacy concerns.

Google Drive files could end up in ads, even though you still own themupdated: Thu Apr 26 2012 17:25:00

The combination of Google's new storage service, Google Drive, and the company's recently unified terms of service and privacy policy, have riled the Internet into demanding to know why Google seemed to be claiming ownership of their customers' files.

Facebook clarifies changes to its terms of useupdated: Fri Apr 20 2012 15:51:00

Facebook unveiled changes to its terms-of-use document on Friday, tweaking earlier drafts in an apparent effort to ease users' concerns about privacy and how their information is used.

When did Facebook become so uncool?updated: Tue Apr 10 2012 14:46:00

Something strange happened Monday on the Internet.

Poll: Google more popular than Apple, Facebookupdated: Mon Apr 09 2012 17:05:00

America's top technology companies have approval ratings that most politicians can only dream of, according to a new poll.

3 things you didn't know about Instagramupdated: Mon Apr 09 2012 14:54:00

Here's what you need to know about Instagram, the photo-sharing app that Facebook bought for $1 billion.

Will Facebook ruin Instagram?updated: Mon Apr 09 2012 14:54:00

Facebook's purchase on Monday of the photo-sharing app Instagram had the Internet asking one question:

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.

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.

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.

Google exec: We won't break users' trustupdated: Fri Mar 09 2012 21:09:00

After concerns over a revamped Google privacy policy surfaced last month, some questioned whether the Web giant is still living up to its longstanding motto: "Don't be evil."

Tech Check: The flashy new phones of Mobile World Congressupdated: Fri Mar 02 2012 16:35:00

On this week's Tech Check podcast, Doug Gross, John Sutter and Stephanie Goldberg discuss announcements this week at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

Tech Check: The talking cars of the future, Google privacyupdated: Fri Feb 24 2012 11:50:00

On this week's Tech Check podcast, Doug Gross, John Sutter and Stephanie Goldberg discuss some pretty big advances in car technology that could be just a few years away from becoming a reality.

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: White House pushes online privacy bill of rightsupdated: Thu Feb 23 2012 11:43:00

The Obama administration on Thursday unveiled a new online bill of rights intended to protect consumers' privacy when they surf the Web.

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.

CNNMoney: Microsoft: Google violates our users' privacy tooupdated: Tue Feb 21 2012 13:28:00

Last week, Google was caught circumventing Apple's Safari browser privacy settings. Microsoft chimed in Monday with a "me too" complaint, saying that Google is also dodging around Internet Explorer's privacy settings.

Did Google intentionally track you?updated: Tue Feb 21 2012 13:15:00

A few days ago, controversy erupted when news broke that Google and other online advertising companies bypassed privacy protections in order to track users of Apple's Safari web browser and iOS mobile devices.

Google tracks unknowing Apple usersupdated: Tue Feb 21 2012 13:15:00

CNN's John King speaks with Jonathan Mayer, the grad student who cracked the code that allowed Google to track users.

Parents need more privacy info about kids' apps, feds sayupdated: Tue Feb 21 2012 08:33:00

Is that app you just downloaded surreptitiously gathering data to push targeted ads to your 6-year-old? Quite possibly.

Will a standardized system for verifying Web identity ever catch on?updated: Wed Feb 15 2012 07:37:00

My neighbor recently discovered a four-digit passcode that unlocks the front doors to our apartment building.

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."

Path CEO: 'We thought we were doing this the right way'updated: Thu Feb 09 2012 07:35:00

"We thought we were doing this the right way. It turns out, we made a mistake."

What scares Facebook: Privacy and phonesupdated: Thu Feb 02 2012 05:37:00

Like a good friend, Facebook says it doesn't want to invade our privacy or hang out with folks who spend all their time looking at a cell phone.

Tech Check: Google's privacy policy, a tablet (and e-reader) revolutionupdated: Fri Jan 27 2012 17:56:00

On this week's Tech Check podcast, writers Doug Gross, Stephanie Golberg and Mark Millian discuss Google's recent announcement of a new privacy policy -- and the concerns some folks have voiced about it.

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.

CNNMoney: How Google keeps your secrets privateupdated: Thu Jan 26 2012 08:24:00

How does a company that collects so much information from its users keep all that data private?

Google to merge user data across its servicesupdated: Wed Jan 25 2012 15:18:00

Google plans to start combining information the company collects about each user of its various websites and services into a single profile, the company announced on Tuesday.

First ever look inside Google New Yorkupdated: Wed Jan 25 2012 15:18:00

For the first time, Google chairman Eric Schmidt invites cameras inside the company's iconic New York offices.

CNNMoney: In the future, can you remain anonymous?updated: Fri Jan 13 2012 06:22:00

Face recognition and detection technology is becoming cheaper, faster, and much more commonplace, raising the question of whether people will be able to remain anonymous in the near future.

CNNMoney: Google unveils 'Find My Face' toolupdated: Fri Dec 09 2011 09:27:00

Google made its first foray into the growing field of social facial recognition technologies on Thursday, introducing Find My Face, a tagging suggestion tool for its Google+ social network.

Facebook begins rolling out Timeline feature updated: Wed Dec 07 2011 12:32:00

Facebook officially took the "beta" label off its much-publicized Timeline Tuesday evening, but it's rolling out the new feature gradually.

Brief glitch let Facebook users see private photosupdated: Tue Dec 06 2011 16:27:00

What's been described as a bug in some new computer code briefly allowed Facebook users to snoop on the private pictures of other members.

CNNMoney: Facebook was 'the first innovator in privacy,' COO saysupdated: Thu Dec 01 2011 13:25:00

Facebook routinely gets itself in hot water over privacy issues, a problem that led this week to a settlement with federal regulators and an agreement that Facebook will undergo regular audits of its compliance with its privacy promises.

How to handle unwanted friend requestsupdated: Wed Nov 30 2011 07:23:00

We've been netiquette'ing for more than a year and a half now, and when we ask friends/acquaintances/the gaping maw of the Internet for their burning questions and column suggestions, one anxiety pops up again and again and again. Here it is, in Mad Libs form:

CNNMoney: Facebook settles FTC charges over 2009 privacy breachesupdated: Tue Nov 29 2011 15:09:00

Facebook has agreed to 20 years of privacy audits to settle a lengthy complaint from the Federal Trade Commission, which says Facebook misled its members about its use of their private data.

Fortune: Facebook vs. Google: The battle for the future of the Webupdated: Tue Nov 29 2011 14:11:00

Paul Adams is one of Silicon Valley's most wanted. He's an intellectually minded product designer with square-framed glasses, a thick Irish accent, and a cult following of passionate techies. As one of Google's lead social researchers, he helped dream up the big idea behind the company's new social network, Google+: those flexible circles that let you group friends easily under monikers like "real friends" or "college buddies." He never got to help bring his concept to consumers, though. In a master talent grab last December, Facebook lured him 10 miles east to Palo Alto to help design social advertisements. On his blog, Adams explained, "Google values technology, not social science."

CNNMoney: Malls stop tracking shoppers' cell phonesupdated: Mon Nov 28 2011 13:58:00

Two malls are axing their plans to track shoppers' cell phones, after a U.S. senator raised privacy concerns over the weekend.

Facebook privacy policy in the spotlightupdated: Wed Nov 16 2011 05:37:00

Austrian student takes on Facebook over privacy issues. Ralitsa Vassileva reports.

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.

Upstart Unthink wants to become the new anti-Facebookupdated: Wed Oct 26 2011 23:32:00

Call it "Occupy Facebook." Or, perhaps, "UnOccupy Facebook."

Amazon's 'cloud' browser raises privacy concernsupdated: Thu Sep 29 2011 15:01:00

Facebook and Google's privacy issues are well-known.

Facebook faces privacy concerns in Germany over 'Like' buttonupdated: Thu Sep 08 2011 16:52:00

Companies in at least one German state could face steep fines for placing Facebook's "Like" button on their websites, and officials across the country are scheduled to discuss similar measures later this month.

Tech Check: Jobs steps down, Facebook privacyupdated: Fri Aug 26 2011 17:06:00

This week on the Tech Check podcast, Doug Gross, John Sutter and Stephanie Goldberg discuss the week's biggest tech story ... OK, the biggest tech-industry news in a while ... the resignation of Steve Jobs.

Privacy groups take on Facebookupdated: Wed Aug 24 2011 10:25:00

Facebook's facial recognition is being called an invasion of privacy by privacy advocacy groups.

Facebook makes its privacy settings act more like Google+updated: Wed Aug 24 2011 10:25:00

When Google's not-the-Facebook social network, Google Plus, launched earlier this summer, one thing stood out for many tech pundits: privacy settings.

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.

Mohawks are mainstream at hacker conferenceupdated: Mon Aug 08 2011 17:48:00

The hacker "Dead Addict" used to have hair that dangled to the middle of his back. He used to wear long trench coats and loud hats, just to stand out.

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.

Facebook assembles group to plan for disastersupdated: Wed Jun 08 2011 18:41:00

Facebook is already adept at handling public-relations blunders, but the company is beginning to focus on how it can help with real calamities.

Privacy watchdog concerns over Facebookupdated: Wed Jun 08 2011 17:59:00

What's behind those ads popping up on your Facebook page? CNN's Mary Snow has details.

Google taking more cautious stance on privacyupdated: Wed Jun 01 2011 04:09:00

Google, now an Internet giant, is learning that it needs to take more careful steps in regards to privacy.

10 fascinating Facebook facts -- and what they say about usupdated: Fri May 27 2011 06:02:00

A study released this week revealed that 47% of Facebook users have swear words on their pages. A survey last week, meanwhile, showed that undergraduate men who talk about alcohol on Facebook tend to have more friends.

Facebook's stealth attack on Google exposes its own privacy problemupdated: Fri May 13 2011 07:49:00

OK, here's the deal. A big corporate PR firm, Burson-Marsteller, tried to entice USA Today to lambaste a Google feature called Social Circle, on privacy grounds. It also encouraged a security blogger to write an op-ed attacking Google on the product.

Researcher: iPad, iPhone IDs can give away identitiesupdated: Mon May 09 2011 16:30:00

The unique string of numbers and letters assigned to your iPhone can potentially expose your real-life identity.

Google making app that would identify people's facesupdated: Thu Mar 31 2011 17:28:00

Google is working on a mobile application that would allow users to snap pictures of people's faces in order to access their personal information, a director for the project said this week.

Giving up Facebook for Lentupdated: Wed Mar 23 2011 12:26:00

More people are giving up social media for the Lenten tradition. CNN's Karen Caifa reports.

Facebook booting '20,000' underage users per dayupdated: Wed Mar 23 2011 12:26:00

According to a study by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, nearly half of all 12-year-olds in the U.S. are using social network sites, despite not meeting the minimum age requirements for sites like Facebook.

CNNMoney: Google's Schmidt: Android is saving the worldupdated: Tue Feb 15 2011 17:51:00

Google chairman and outgoing CEO Eric Schmidt said Tuesday that Android-based smartphones can save the world -- as long as you're willing to share information with Google.

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.

Facebook brings facial recognition to photo taggingupdated: Thu Dec 16 2010 10:01:00

Facebook Photos, one of the social network's most popular features, is getting a big and potentially controversial upgrade with a new feature that automatically suggests who users should tag in photos based on facial recognition technology.

Online sharing: The rock 'n' roll of the digital generation?updated: Thu Dec 16 2010 09:57:00

The story has become a cliché when talk turns to young people and the internet:

Artists reimagine Facebook's new profile pagesupdated: Wed Dec 15 2010 18:06:00

Facebook unveiled a redesign of its profile pages earlier this month that rearranged users' personal info and photos into a streamlined layout.

CNNMoney: Why your Facebook ID is marketers' Holy Grailupdated: Mon Dec 13 2010 18:55:00

Armed with your e-mail address, data miners can hit Facebook and match it up with your user ID. That key unlocks a treasure trove of personal information.

5 tips for controlling your privacy onlineupdated: Mon Dec 13 2010 16:42:00

Losing control of your personal information can be all too easy online. But by taking some precautions, you can maintain privacy while surfing the Web.

The internet and the 'end of privacy'updated: Mon Dec 13 2010 16:30:00

An average internet user can dig up all kinds of details -- both juicy and mundane -- about the life of Louis Gray, a 33-year-old from Sunnyvale, California.

Facebook CEO: We never sell your infoupdated: Mon Dec 13 2010 07:25:00

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg tells 60 Minutes that user privacy is something the company takes "really seriously."

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.

New Facebook privacy tip: 'Super-logoff'updated: Mon Dec 13 2010 07:19:00

If clamping down the privacy settings on your Facebook page isn't enough to help you sleep at night, take a cue from the youth of America.

Facebook privacy settings finally go mobileupdated: Fri Dec 10 2010 17:24:00

In response to user complaints about its privacy settings, Facebook in October debuted its privacy dashboard. But you could only use it from a computer.

CNNMoney: FTC 'do not track' plan would cripple some Web giantsupdated: Fri Dec 03 2010 10:03:00

The Federal Trade Commission proposed this week that consumers should have a "do not track" option for the Internet, similar to the "do not call" list that exists to block telemarketers.

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.

Privacy group sues TSA over scannersupdated: Sat Nov 13 2010 20:39:00

Marc Rotenberg, Electronic Privacy Information Center, is suing TSA and wants body scanners removed from airports.

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.

Online behavior tracking and privacy: 7 worst-case scenariosupdated: Thu Nov 04 2010 09:21:00

If you've never been targeted by an ad because of your online behavior, then you're probably just not paying much attention.

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.

MySpace moves against apps that share user dataupdated: Mon Oct 25 2010 07:25:00

Social networking site MySpace, while acknowledging it shares profile information with advertisers, said Saturday that it is taking action against app developers who may have violated the website's terms of use by sharing user data.

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.

Study: 82 percent of kids under 2 have an online presenceupdated: Thu Oct 07 2010 15:54:00

Children can't change their DNA, and now it seems they're inheriting another permanent feature from their families -- an online presence.

CNNMoney: Manage your newest asset: your online IDupdated: Thu Oct 07 2010 14:13:00

Social networking comes with a price -- and that price is control of your online reputation. Make bad decisions, and it could affect your ability to get a job, a promotion, a bank loan or even a favorable divorce settlement.

Does your 'digital reflection' show your true self?updated: Thu Aug 26 2010 11:48:00

In mid-2010, managing your internet appearance means much more than just touching up your profile pictures on Facebook. New software is being developed to show you exactly how you seem to others.

New Facebook feature raises more privacy concernsupdated: Thu Aug 19 2010 15:33:00

Based on comments on news sites and Facebook's official blog, many users appear apprehensive about Facebook Places, the social-networking site's new location feature.

'Google Alarm' plug-in tries to wake the world up to privacy issuesupdated: Fri Aug 06 2010 16:24:00

The sound of the 'Google Alarm' is hard to miss.

Google and your privacyupdated: Fri Aug 06 2010 16:24:00

CNN's Errol Barnett talks to Google spokesman Brian Richardson about increased concerns about user privacy.

CNNMoney: Public data snatched from 170 million Facebook profilesupdated: Thu Jul 29 2010 12:29:00

Public but personal details from more than 170 million Facebook profiles were harvested from the site and made available in a downloadable torrent file this week.

Cashmore: Google building a Facebook rival? Let's hope soupdated: Thu Jul 01 2010 12:50:00

Google is working on a social service to rival Facebook, if Web rumors are to be believed.

Facebook's paternalistic attitudes aren't empoweringupdated: Mon Jun 28 2010 09:05:00

Facebook's privacy problems have been in the news ... again.

Yahoo punches up pages with Facebookupdated: Mon Jun 07 2010 11:51:00

People who use both Facebook and Yahoo will be able to link those accounts and share updates and messages across platforms thanks to a major redesign rolled out by Yahoo on Monday.

Divorce attorneys catching cheaters on Facebookupdated: Fri Jun 04 2010 18:04:00

Before the explosion of social media, Ken Altshuler, a divorce lawyer in Maine, dug up dirt on his client's spouses the old-fashioned way: with private investigators and subpoenas. Now the first place his team checks for evidence is Facebook.

How to delete, deactivate your Facebook accountupdated: Thu Jun 03 2010 17:55:00

Are you confused by the myriad changes Facebook keeps making to its privacy settings?

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