Today's 30-somethings are the first generation whose children are coming of age alongside the social Web.
CNNMoney looks at the people who make up the biggest investors in Facebook.
It's no shock that people love to hate Facebook.
A Federal Trade Commission official announced that Twitter users will be able block personal data from being shared with third-party websites.
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.
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.
Something strange happened Monday on the Internet.
America's top technology companies have approval ratings that most politicians can only dream of, according to a new poll.
Here's what you need to know about Instagram, the photo-sharing app that Facebook bought for $1 billion.
Facebook's purchase on Monday of the photo-sharing app Instagram had the Internet asking one question:
HLN's Vinnie Politan gets some legal advice on what you should do if your employer asks for your social media passwords.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Obama administration on Thursday unveiled a new online bill of rights intended to protect consumers' privacy when they surf the Web.
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.
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.
CNN's John King speaks with Jonathan Mayer, the grad student who cracked the code that allowed Google to track users.
Is that app you just downloaded surreptitiously gathering data to push targeted ads to your 6-year-old? Quite possibly.
My neighbor recently discovered a four-digit passcode that unlocks the front doors to our apartment building.
"We thought we were doing this the right way. It turns out, we made a mistake."
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.
How does a company that collects so much information from its users keep all that data private?
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.
For the first time, Google chairman Eric Schmidt invites cameras inside the company's iconic New York offices.
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.
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 officially took the "beta" label off its much-publicized Timeline Tuesday evening, but it's rolling out the new feature gradually.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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."
Two malls are axing their plans to track shoppers' cell phones, after a U.S. senator raised privacy concerns over the weekend.
Austrian student takes on Facebook over privacy issues. Ralitsa Vassileva reports.
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.
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.
Call it "Occupy Facebook." Or, perhaps, "UnOccupy Facebook."
Facebook and Google's privacy issues are well-known.
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.
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.
Facebook's facial recognition is being called an invasion of privacy by privacy advocacy groups.
When Google's not-the-Facebook social network, Google Plus, launched earlier this summer, one thing stood out for many tech pundits: privacy settings.
A government official in Germany has ordered websites to stop using Facebook's "like" button, saying they give away personal information.
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.
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 is already adept at handling public-relations blunders, but the company is beginning to focus on how it can help with real calamities.
What's behind those ads popping up on your Facebook page? CNN's Mary Snow has details.
Google, now an Internet giant, is learning that it needs to take more careful steps in regards to privacy.
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.
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.
The unique string of numbers and letters assigned to your iPhone can potentially expose your real-life identity.
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.
More people are giving up social media for the Lenten tradition. CNN's Karen Caifa reports.
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.
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.
The Obama administration on Thursday unveiled a proposed new framework for protecting consumers' privacy online.
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.
The story has become a cliché when talk turns to young people and the internet:
Facebook unveiled a redesign of its profile pages earlier this month that rearranged users' personal info and photos into a streamlined layout.
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.
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.
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 Mark Zuckerberg tells 60 Minutes that user privacy is something the company takes "really seriously."
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.
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.
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.
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 agreed Friday to delete data it inadvertently collected from unsecured Wi-Fi networks when compiling its Street View mapping service in Britain, authorities said.
Marc Rotenberg, Electronic Privacy Information Center, is suing TSA and wants body scanners removed from airports.
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.
If you've never been targeted by an ad because of your online behavior, then you're probably just not paying much attention.
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.
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.
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.
Children can't change their DNA, and now it seems they're inheriting another permanent feature from their families -- an online presence.
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.
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.
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.
The sound of the 'Google Alarm' is hard to miss.
CNN's Errol Barnett talks to Google spokesman Brian Richardson about increased concerns about user privacy.
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.
Google is working on a social service to rival Facebook, if Web rumors are to be believed.
Facebook's privacy problems have been in the news ... again.
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.
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.
Are you confused by the myriad changes Facebook keeps making to its privacy settings?
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