privacy

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.

Twitter Settles with FTC on Privacy and Security Lapses

More than a year after embarrassing, but minor, security lapses, social networking phenomenon Twitter settled FTC charges, with an interesting twist: Twitter agrees to be barred for 20 years from misleading consumers about its security.

Conn. Leads Google WiFi Breach Probe

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal announced Monday he will lead a multistate investigation into how Google collected users' Web activity data as its Street View cars crawled through cities in 30 countries worldwide, taking pictures for Google Maps.

Legal Briefing: Music Publishers Pile on LimeWire

LimeWire, a peer-to-peer file sharing network that was recently found liable to recording artists for massive copyright piracy faces an additional threat to its existence: Music publishers are suing it too, alleging the same piracy.

Legal Briefing: Facebook Privacy Settings Matter in Court

Lawyers have already exploited Facebook to help win in divorce cases, investigate potential jurors, and market themselves. Now, a California judge has ruled on when parties can subpoena Facebook data in a civil suit, and yes, your privacy settings are the key factor.

Facebook Effect: We're Becoming More Public

Technology reporter David Kirkpatrick picked a great time to release his new book, The Facebook Effect. Kirkpatrick stopped by DailyFinance to discuss Facebook and its young CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, as well as changing privacy and disclosure standards.

Google's Privacy Woes Expand to Australia

Google's legal woes over privacy issues in Europe have expanded to Australia after residents in that country recently complained about photographs being taken for Google Maps.

Facebook CEO Zuckerberg Has a 'Nixon Moment'

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's performance at the AllThingsDigital D8 conference Wednesday night will not be remembered as one of his finer moments. The 26-year-old social networking wunderkind delivered a tense, rambling, and utterly awkward performance during his interview.

Google Tries to Burnish Its 'Not Evil' Reputation

Google is trying hard to convince people that it still follows its "Don't Be Evil" motto in the wake of monopoly and privacy issues. The search giant just released a report showing it generated $54 billion for U.S. businesses last year.

Google to Offer New Encrypted Search Option

After revealing Friday that its Street View cars have been inadvertently snooping into Web surfers unsecured WiFi traffic for years, Google has announced plans to begin offering its users an encrypted version of its search this week.

Facebook Is Not Satan's Spawn

Despite what you've heard, the Facebook privacy settings aren't that confusing for anyone who can be bothered to take 10 minutes to look at them and use Facebook's "help" function.

20 passwords to never use on Facebook

With all of the concern swirling around Facebook and privacy, many users don't take one of the most crucial steps for social networking safely and...

Symantec Doubles Down on Encryption With Two Buys

To help secure its own business future, security software heavyweight Symantec is jumping into the the encryption and data protection market with the purchase of two companies -- PGP and GuardianEdge Technologies -- for a total of $370 million in cash.

Legal Briefing: Your Name on a Petition Isn't Private

Supreme Court Justices challenged arguments from lawyers trying to keep private signatures on a petition to repeal a Washington domestic-partners law. Also in this roundup of legal news: The first genetic discrimination suit and Wal-Mart's settlement of wage charges.

Facebook Spawns a Big Shift for the Web

Facebook's new Open Graph initiative, which aims to spread Facebook infrastructure and "like" buttons across the Internet, hails a new Web where social interactions become the key focus of users.