September 2, 2014

A Roundup of Recent News About Google (Privacy Policy, Google Plus, and New Search Features)

Each day we all come across news by and about Google.  It might be a new search services, and updated policy, or new statistics. UPDATE: Google+ Now Available to Teens Note: At the time of posting, Google+ documentation still shows that the age limit is 18. Here’s a roundup of several recent Google stories. We […]

Americans Say One Thing But Likely to do Another When it Comes to Online Scams

From a PC Tools News Release: PC Tools, in collaboration with the Ponemon Institute, today announced the findings of its online scam susceptibility study of 1,858 American consumers. The results of the survey show a clear difference between respondents’ attitudes and predicted behaviors when presented with real-world online scenarios. “Almost half (47%) of US respondents […]

EPIC Reports: "Facebook Timeline Changes User Privacy Settings. Again."

UPDATE: According to Inside Facebook  the Timeline opt-in period will last for a “few” weeks BUT: From the time users activate the new profile, they will have seven days to review their content before anyone else will see it. From the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) Web Site: Without user consent, Facebook announced today that […]

Most Facebook Users Don’t Understand Privacy Settings

Explaining online privacy and demonstrating how privacy controls work for all social networks/databases can be and should be an important role for the info pro. People might believe that privacy is “no big deal” until their data is compromised or accidentally shared with people they don’t want to view it. From eMarketer: Internet users flock […]

Facebook Flaw Allowing Access to Private Photos Has Been Repaired

From ZDNet’s “Between the Lines” Column: ‘Report abuse’ features in Facebook give users access to personal, private and hidden photos that would normally be hidden from view. The flaw, spotted by members of a body building forum, no less, allows Facebook users to access photos revealed by the report abuse tool. Only a handful of […]

Lawmaker Dissatisfied with Amazon's Answers on Kindle Fire's Data Harvesting

UPDATE: Some New Kindle Fire News: Kindle Fire Auto-Update Scorches Roots and Potentially Shutters Android Marketplace (via Gizmodo) Info and tools to re-root your device. From Computerworld (IDG News Service):  Amazon told a Massachusetts congressman that the Silk browser in its Kindle Fire tablet doesn’t pose a privacy threat to consumers, but the lawmaker wasn’t […]

Facebook Agrees to Settle With the Federal Trade Commission + Full Text of Proposed Settlement Agreement

From the FTC Announcement: The social networking service Facebook has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it deceived consumers by telling them they could keep their information on Facebook private, and then repeatedly allowing it to be shared and made public. The proposed settlement requires Facebook to take several steps to make sure […]

New Issue Alert: Policy & Internet (Vol. 3, No. 4)

Policy & Internet (Vol. 3, No. 4) An open access publication from the Oxford Internet Institute and the Policy Studies Organization. Direct to Complete Tables of Contents Articles The Impact of e-Government Promotion in Europe: Internet Dependence and Critical Mass Xavier Fernández-i-Marín PDF Online Public Engagement in the Obama Administration: Building a Democracy Bubble? Thomas […]

'Drinking from a Fire Hose': Has Consumer Data Mining Gone Too Far?

‘Drinking from a Fire Hose’: Has Consumer Data Mining Gone Too Far? In a world of endless information sharing, consumers have become the product. Platforms such as Google, Facebook, Foursquare and Twitter are the new factory floor, and online users, who leave digital crumbs as they browse the web and tap into social networks, generate […]

W3C Announces First Draft of Standard for Online Privacy

From a WC3 Announcement: To address rising concerns about privacy on the Web, W3C publishes today two first drafts for standards that allow users to express preferences about online tracking: Tracking Preference Expression (DNT), which defines mechanisms for users to express cross-site tracking preferences and for sites to indicate whether they honor these preferences. Tracking […]