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Obama Releases National Strategy For Information Sharing

December 20th, 2012 12:27 admin View Comments

Government

wiredmikey writes “President Obama on Wednesday released a national strategy designed to balance the sharing of information with those who need it to keep the country safe, while protecting the same data from those who would use it to cause harm. ‘The National Strategy for Information Sharing and Safeguarding’ outlines how the government will attempt to responsibly share and protect data that enhances national security and protects the American people. The national strategy will define how the federal government and its assorted departments and agencies share their data. Agencies can also share services and work towards data and network interoperability to be more efficient, the President said. The President aimed to address concerns over Privacy by noting, ‘This strategy makes it clear that the individual privacy, civil rights and civil liberties of United States persons must be — and will be — protected.’ The full document is available here in PDF format from the White House website.

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FTC Strengthens Children’s Privacy Protections Online

December 19th, 2012 12:01 admin View Comments

Government

An anonymous reader writes “The U.S. Federal Trade Commission today updated the privacy standards that protect children’s privacy online. The new rules say companies must gain parental consent before collecting a kid’s geolocation data, photos, and videos. It also broadened existing language to include third parties and companies that collect data on users across multiple websites. ‘While the new rule strengthens such safeguards, it could also disrupt online advertising. Web sites and online advertising networks often use persistent identification systems — like a customer code number in a cookie in a person’s browser — to collect information about a user’s online activities and tailor ads for that person. But the new rule expands the definition of personal information to include persistent IDs — such as a customer code number, the unique serial number on a mobile phone, or the I.P. address of a browser — if they are used to show a child behavior-based ads.’”

Source: FTC Strengthens Children’s Privacy Protections Online

Instagram: We Won’t Sell Your Photos

December 18th, 2012 12:00 admin View Comments

Privacy

hugheseyau writes “Earlier, we discussed news that Instagram introduced a new version of their Privacy Policy and Terms of Service that will take effect in thirty days. The changes seemed to allow Instagram to sell users’ photos, and many users were upset. Instagram now says ‘it is not our intention to sell your photos’ and that ‘users own their content and Instagram does not claim any ownership rights over your photos.’ This is good news for Instagram users.” And so closes another chapter of “We Let Lawyers Write a Legal Document and The Internet Freaked Out.”

Source: Instagram: We Won’t Sell Your Photos

Google Map App’s Version of Anonymity Might Violate EU Privacy Laws

December 16th, 2012 12:47 admin View Comments

EU

Ars Technica reports that Google’s map application for iOS, however popular it might be with users, raises red flags with European regulators, who maintain that it by default does not sufficiently safeguard user privacy as required by EU privacy rules. Ars quotes Marit Hansen of Germany’s Independent Centre for Privacy Protection on why: “Hansen’s main gripe is that Google’s use of ‘anonymous’ is misleading. ‘All available information points to having linkable identifiers per user,” she told Computerworld. Hansen added this would allow Google to track several location entries, thus leading to her assumption that Google’s ‘anonymous location data’ would be considered ‘personal data’ under the European law.”

Source: Google Map App’s Version of Anonymity Might Violate EU Privacy Laws

California Sues Delta Air Lines Over Mobile Privacy

December 15th, 2012 12:24 admin View Comments

Android

New submitter mrheckman writes “California is suing Delta Air Lines for violation of California’s on-line privacy law. Delta failed to “conspicuously post a privacy policy within their mobile app that informs users of what personally identifiable information is being collected and what will be done with it” after a 30-day notice. Delta’s app collects “substantial personally identifiable information such as a user’s full name, telephone number, email address, frequent flyer account number and pin code, photographs, and geo-location”. Why is it we still can’t control what permissions an app has on our phones? It’s absurd and disturbing that an app for checking flights and baggage demands all of those permissions.”

Source: California Sues Delta Air Lines Over Mobile Privacy

Ask Slashdot: Facebook, Twitter For Business, Is It Worth the Privacy Trade-Off?

December 13th, 2012 12:28 admin View Comments

Businesses

cayenne8 writes “I’ve been a staunch advocate of NOT joining Facebook or Twitter or the other social networks to protect my privacy and to not voluntarily give all my personal information away to corporate America, or even the Government. However, I’m beginning to look into making money through various means on the side, one of them being photography/videography. With these mediums, being seen is critically important. Having a business facing site on Facebook/Google+ and even using Twitter can be great for self promotion, and can open up your business to a huge audience. If you were to open your FB and other social network accounts with business ONLY information, and keep your personal information (name, image, etc) off the Facebook account…will this keep your personal privacy still from them, or are their algorithms good enough to piece together who you are from the business only sites? Is the payoff worth the potential trade-off for generating potential customers for your business and guiding them to your primary website?”

Source: Ask Slashdot: Facebook, Twitter For Business, Is It Worth the Privacy Trade-Off?

Facebook Says EU ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ Would Harm Privacy

December 6th, 2012 12:37 admin View Comments

EU

judgecorp writes “The European Commission has proposed a “right to be forgotten” online, which would allow users to remove personal data they had shared. The idea has had a lot of criticism, and now Facebook claims it would actually harm privacy. Facebook says the proposal would require social media sites to perform extra tracking to remove data which has been copied to other sites — but privacy advocates say Facebook has misunderstood what the proposal is all about.”

Source: Facebook Says EU ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ Would Harm Privacy

EU Resists US Lobbying As Privacy War Looms

December 6th, 2012 12:11 admin View Comments

EU

judgecorp writes “The European Commission is resisting pressure from US firms and public bodies designed to derail its privacy proposals, which include the ‘right to be forgotten’ that would allow users to demand their data be removed from Internet sites. Facebook and others oppose the right to be forgotten as it would interfere with their ability to market stuff at friends and connections of their users.”

Source: EU Resists US Lobbying As Privacy War Looms

Facebook Users Voting On Privacy, Instagram, Other Issues

December 4th, 2012 12:19 admin View Comments

Facebook

Nerval’s Lobster writes “Facebook is letting users vote on changes to its Data Use Policy and Statement of Rights and Responsibilities (Facebook users can vote via this link). The company will also host a live Webcast to answer questions at 9:30 AM PST. One section of Facebook’s revamped policies insists that the network can share information with its family of companies. This apparently applies to Instagram, the photo-sharing service acquired by Facebook earlier this year. Under the terms of the provision, Facebook can store ‘Instagram’s server logs and administrative records in a way that is more efficient than maintaining totally separate storage systems.’ Facebook is also clarifying its language surrounding affiliates, as well. As long as Facebook continues to exist in its current form, these debates over its privacy rules will almost certainly continue to crop up on a semi-regular basis. The challenge for Facebook executives is how to best maintain that delicate dance between their need for revenue, advertising firms’ desire for effective marketing campaigns, and users’ rights to privacy. They run a corporation — but at moments, it also starts to resemble a messy democracy.”

Source: Facebook Users Voting On Privacy, Instagram, Other Issues

Senate Committee Approves Stricter Email Privacy

December 2nd, 2012 12:23 admin View Comments

Privacy

New submitter DJ Jones sent in good news in the attempts to update privacy rights for stored electronic communication. From the article: “The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved a bill that would strengthen privacy protection for e-mails by requiring law enforcement officials to obtain a warrant from a judge in most cases before gaining access to messages in individual accounts stored electronically. The bill is not expected to make it through Congress this year and will be the subject of negotiations next year with the Republican-led House.” The EFF seems pretty happy with the proposed changes, but notes that the bill also reduces the protections of the Video Privacy Protection Act in order to allow Netflix et al to sell your viewing history.

Source: Senate Committee Approves Stricter Email Privacy