A White House task force has made the striking recommendation this month that the NSA’s expansive electronic surveillance programs be subject to significant curbs.
Privacy is a big deal in this age of social networking: online posts can potentially be a source of privacy leaks, even aborted or cancelled posts can be tracked, especially by Facebook.
Twitter has made a material change to its blocking policy, which enabled blocked users, for a time, to see updates, retweet and respond to tweets. This change has been quickly retracted, due to negative feedback.
Latest Edward Snowden revelation shows that Google’s cookies are used to determine if target’s worthiness for future surveillance.
Facebook, Google, Twitter and others are in the business of trafficking user’s private information — they don’t want the government to compete.
In a leaked document, the NSA was found to have been using porn and other potentially-incriminating material in a plan to discredit its targets, who are potential “radicalizers” in the US and abroad.
Vint Cerf, Internet innovator and chief Internet evangelist for Google, says there is a need to develop better social conventions that respect privacy amid today’s increasingly connected world.
The NSA contacted Linus Torvalds, the father of Linux/GNU, to ask about injecting surreptitious backdoors into the popular open-source operating system, his father has disclosed to the European Parliament.
Social network usage has exploded in the recent years. While the younger demographic is thought to be less careful with sharing information to the public, a recent survey suggests otherwise.
In its latest quarterly SEC filing, Facebook admits that it faces the risk of losing relevance among its users if it cannot improve engagement amid a growth slowdown.
Intelligence communities around the world are wary of social media because of the potential for leaking information. In the U.S., however, a social network has been built especially for government agencies that need access to real-time analysis and information.
Professional social network LinkedIn has launched LinkedIn Intro for iOS, which appends professional information into email headers. But with privacy concerns, how popular will the service be among email users?
VPN provider CryptoSeal has shut down its service, over concerns that law enforcement may eventually compromise its user’s privacy with a court ordered request for information .
Facebook is enabling public posting for minors, in a move viewed as a means to expand its user base for gathering data for advertisers. Will user privacy be compromised, especially among the young set?
Google has unveiled its plans to include users’ names, pictures and comments in ads endorsing products and businesses, in a drive towards ‘social advertisement’.
Facebook has quietly disabled opting out of being visible in Graph Search. As user timelines can now more easily be searched, will this result in big privacy concerns for the social network?
Social media use is on the rise, and authorities are becoming better at keeping track of conversations to fight crime. But are bots the best tools for keeping track of threats to safety and security, or do they invade user privacy?
Facebook is making it easier for users to search posts and status updates through Graph Search, by using natural language cues in defining their search parameters. But will this result in yet another privacy issue for the social network?
AT&T is considering selling your data, including browser history and location, to advertisers. There are however, ways to opt out.