Tag: privacy

Google Accused of Privacy Breaches

Google Accused of Privacy Breaches

Cyber Security, Technology
Technology giant Google has been accused of privacy breaches, misleading account holders over how much of their personal data was being collected and how it would be used. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission started legal proceedings against Google on Monday. A claim filed in Australia's Federal Court alleges Google misled millions of Australians to obtain their consent to gather additional personal data. The ACCC claims that Google wanted the extra data concerning users' internet activity to target advertising but neglected to obtain the consent necessary to collect it. "We allege that Google did not obtain explicit consent from customers to take this step,” said Rod Sims, the commission’s chair, in a statement. “The ACCC considers that consumers effectively pay

Hacked: 5.6 million fingerprints stolen in U.S. personnel data cyber heist

Cyber Security
Hackers who stole security clearance data on millions of Defense Department and other U.S. government employees got away with about 5.6 million fingerprint records, some 4.5 million more than initially reported, the government said on Wednesday. Reports David Alexander on Reuters The additional stolen fingerprint records were identified as part of an ongoing analysis of the data breach by the Office of Personnel Management and the Department of Defense, OPM said in a statement. The data breach was discovered this spring and affected security clearance records dating back many years. The news came just ahead of a state visit to Washington by Chinese President Xi Jinping. U.S. officials have privately blamed the breach on Chinese government hackers, but they have avoided saying so public

ICANN’s Proposed Changes to WHOIS Rules could Jeopardize Privacy

Governance, Internet
A proposed change by ICANN to the way that registrars treat the private contact details for domain owners could make it easier for anyone to get information on people who use proxy services. The potential change comes in the form of a document from a working group of the Generic Names Supporting Organization at ICANN, the group that oversees Internet names and numbers. The working group is considering a number of changes to the way that privacy and proxy services operate, are accredited, and handle requests for registrant details from various organizations. The main driver for this is copyright infringement issues and the working group has put together a proposed framework to handle such requests, but the issue is a divisive one, both inside the working group itself and among outside obs

Google vs EU: Right to be forgotten sounds attractive but does it solve anything?

Governance, Internet, social media
The Economist:MAX MOSLEY enjoyed sexual practices which many might find odd. But that was his business, so when in 2008 a now-defunct British tabloid wrongly dubbed him a participant in a “sick Nazi orgy”, he sued it for breaching his privacy and won. The allegations, however, remain on the internet. If you type in “Max Mosley”, Google (whose boss Eric Schmidt is a non-executive director of this paper)* helpfully tries to complete the search: the first four options are “video”, “case”, “pictures” and “scandal”. He—and many others who feel their lives are tainted by the smears and irrelevancies which search engines link to their names—want redress. Many European politicians are sympathetic to this. Countries such as France and Britain have long allowed the erasure of criminal records once c

Russia: Veto online Law to Restrict Online Freedom, Bloggers to use real names

Domains, Governance, Internet
Written by Human Rights Watch (Moscow) – Russia should not impose unjustified regulations on freedom of expression and privacy on the Internet, Human Rights Watch said today. A restrictive new law requires Russian bloggers with significant followings to register with the authorities and comply with the same regulations as media outlets. On April 22, 2014, Russia’s State Duma adopted amendments to counter-terrorism legislation, including a new law on “Internet users called bloggers.” The law requires bloggers with more than 3,000 daily visitors online to register with Roskomnadzor, the state body for media oversight. Once registered, bloggers will have the same legal constraints and responsibilities as mass media outlets, including verifying information for accuracy, indicating the minimal

Google Will Use Your Google+ Photo In Ads Starting Today Unless You Turn It Off

Business, Internet
After announcing a new update to their terms of service back in November, Google will start using your profile information in advertisements that will appear to contacts in your Google+ circles. This means that your profile name and photo could pop up in the form of recommendation regarding an app in the Google Play Store. Fortunately, there's a way to opt out of it. Here's how. Once you access your Google+ profile, click on Home. A drop down menu should appear. Go to settings. After that, you'll see the Shared Endorsements option. Click on Edit.   Screenshot Scroll all the way down to the bottom. Make sure that box is unchecked if you don't want your info appearing in these ads. Google needs permission to do this.      Source :

Data mining ‘private’ messages lands Facebook a lawsuit

Cyber Security, social media
WASHINGTON: Facebook has been hit with a class-action lawsuit alleging the social networking behemoth gleans data from purportedly private messages, in violation of users' rights. Two plaintiffs claim the site scans private correspondence between users for links to third-party websites, sharing that information with the likes of "advertisers, marketers and other data aggregators." The suit accuses Facebook of violating the Electronic Communications Privacy Act and California privacy laws. Facebook has "systematically violated consumers' privacy by reading its users' personal, private Facebook messages without their consent," said the complaint, filed December 30 in the US District Court for Northern California. "Representing to users that the content of Facebook messages is 'private'...

Google’s Data-Trove Dance

Governance, Internet
Internal Debates Arise Over Using Collected Information and Protecting Privacy In 2011, Google Inc. GOOG +0.26% Chief Executive and co-founder Larry Page asked executives to develop a new, simplified privacy tool that would act as a kind of sliding scale, allowing users to designate whether they wanted minimal, medium or maximum collection of information about them in all of Google's services, and how much the information would be shielded from being viewed by other users. fter much wrangling and many attempts to build the "slider" tool, whose three main settings were nicknamed "kitten," "cat" and "tiger," the idea was abandoned last year, according to people familiar with the matter. Because Google has so many Web services that operate differently, executives found it impossible to redu

NSA collecting phone records of Verizon customers

The White House is defending the practice of gathering cell phone records from American citizens while neither confirming nor denying a report that the NSA is collecting records from millions of Verizon customers. The practice was first revealed by the British newspaper The Guardian on Wednesday, which obtained and published a highly classified court order that requires the production of “telephony metadata” by the telecommunications giant. The order, marked "Top Secret" and issued by the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court instructs Verizon to hand over data including all calling records on an "ongoing, daily basis". More

Internet, privacy, communications technologies on agenda for world summit

Governance, Internet
Ten years after the World Summit on the Information Society, world leaders and high-level participants from governments, the private sector, NGOs, intergovernmental organisations and other groups will meet in Paris later this month to take stock of progress towards the goals set by that summit. Dubbed WSIS+10, the Paris summit, set for 25 to 27 February, will review the major changes that have occurred in the so-called “Information society” and make recommendations for the future. source