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'

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.