privacy

ATM Plus KGB? New Russian Cash Machines Detect Lies

A new Russian ATM makes customers pay for lying: A voice-measured polygraph installed in Russia's state-run Sberbank's electronic tellers can tell if patrons are talking truth or hogwash in applying for a credit card or loan -- an anti-fraud weapon with roots in the old Soviet Union.

Facebook Knows Faces, But Should It ID Our Pictures?

Facebook has announced that it is adding facial recognition software to help members tag photos. The world's largest social network can help you to see your friends more easily, and they'll be able to use the software to see you. But how vulnerable is this new feature to abuse?

South Korea Accuses Google of Privacy Violations

Google continues to face troubles over its inadvertent collection of personal data while mapping its "Street View." The latest country to accuse the company of privacy violations is South Korea.

How the Web Will Make Winners and Losers in 2011

A year ago, hardly anyone was expecting Angry Birds or Groupon to be among the stars of 2010, but the underlying trends that powered their success were plain enough. So while it's nearly impossible to accurately predict what the next big hits will be, here are five trends that may help separate 2011's winners from its losers.

Google Toolbar Spurs Another Privacy Lawsuit

Google has been slapped with another privacy lawsuit, this time over its toolbar, Bloomberg reported Tuesday. A New York man alleges the toolbar software transmits users' Internet activity to the company, and misleads people into believing they can prevent that transmission.

Google Data-Collection Probe Dropped by Regulators

A Federal Trade Commission probe into Google's practices related to data collection from its Street View cars has been dropped after the world's largest search-engine operator made changes to safeguard consumer privacy.

How to Avoid Being a Victim of Medical Identity Theft

Everyone knows there are identity thieves who want to drain your bank accounts and siphon off your credit. But did you know there are scam artists out to steal your health benefits? So far, 1.5 million Americans have suffered from medical identity theft, at a cost of $29 billion.

There's No Hiding: Nine Industries That Know Your Every Move

Don't kid yourself. Real privacy no longer exists in this country. From your hobbies to your income to your phone calls, pretty much everything about you is tracked by someone, somewhere. We've examined the most intrusive firms and industries -- some of them may surprise you.

RIM's Saudi Arabia Deal Gives Up Privacy

BlackBerry maker RIM reached a deal with Saudi Arabia, averting a ban on its service in the country. The pact gives the country's government the ability to monitor messages to and from RIM's smartphones.

Senators call web tracking 'creepy'

Senators call web tracking 'creepy'They may only be web ads that pop up for days after you visit a website to research information, but some U.S. senators are worried about the...

California's Revolt Against Smart Electric Meters

Despite promises of environmental benefits and lower costs to consumers, smart meters are running into stiff resistance in some areas where you'd least expect it. Among the concerns: More electromagnetic radiation and loss of privacy.

Privacy Cop Germany Puts Apple in the Crosshairs

In its latest move to safeguard computer users' rights and burnish its reputation as a global privacy cop, Germany is seeking to dig deeper into Apple's collection of its customers' location-based data.

Facebook, the Movie:
The Geek as Arch-Villain

Leave it to Hollywood to portray a college-age computer geek as an uber-villain. But that seems to be the intended effect of the newly released trailer for the upcoming movie, "The Social Network," which tells the story of Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook.