A report that a number of privacy groups filed a
complaint with the FTC to investigate includes this quote "Internet ad
exchanges... are basically markets for eyeballs on the Web. Advertisers bid
against each other in real-time for the ability to direct a message at a single
Web surfer. The...
To the surprise of many Google
confirmed that since 2006 its Street View Cars captured WiFi network
information in addition to Street View Photos. Google uses this WiFi network
information to improve location-based services like search and maps.
Specifically Google confessed that the WiFi information...
A Judge ruled that Facebook wall postings and
MySpace comments may not be subpoenaed based on the 1986 Stored Communications Act which is the same
statute before the US Supreme Court in Quon v. Arch Wireless . US District Judge
Margaret Morrow's May 26, 2010 37 page Order in Buckley H. Crispin...
A recent report that the White House wants the FBI to have access to an
individual's Internet activity may help with investigation of terrorism or
intelligence, but what about our expectation of privacy? Notwithstanding all of
Mark Zuckerberg's recent comments about privacy, last winter Zuckerberg...
Facebook now offers users the
ability to download all of their content in a simple zip
file format, but this doesn't solve privacy concerns. Sure it's nice to be
able to download all the content, but in the meantime Facebook still stores
lots of valuable information about users.
The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)
issued its second annual privacy report card with lower
grades of "C for consumer data protection efforts and a D on civil liberties."
Mark Rotenberg, executive director of EPIC said "Our bottom-line
assessment is that with respect to...
Google agreed to an unprecedented settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, where the FTC asserted that Google used deceptive tactics and violated its own privacy policies through its social network Google Buzz. Although there is no monetary penalty attached to the settlement, Google is required...
A new lawsuit against Google for
Internet location tracking highlights my recent eCommerce Times column that Internet privacy may not be
possible . The new class action lawsuit brought by Jon Pessano and others asserts that Google uses its location
marketing database to generate billions of dollars...
After the US government filed
charges that Facebook violated US privacy law, Facebook finally
confessed that it failed to protect the privacy of its 800 million active
users. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) welcomes the public to submit comments
on the settlement through December 30, 2011 .
By Peter S. Vogel
Google was fined $25,000 for not cooperating with an investigation regarding Google's collection of unencrypted wifi data when taking Street View pictures from 2006-10, but the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reported that Google did not violate any US laws. The FCC's...
By Peter S. Vogel
Google confessed to U.K. officials that Google still has Street View unprotected wifi data collected before 2010 in spite claims that such data had been destroyed. On July 27, 2012 Peter Fleischer (Google's global privacy counsel) sent a letter to Steve Eckersley (head of enforcement...