Privacy Roundup: April 2-April 6th

Every week we scour the web for interesting articles on the subject of online privacy and thought we’d share the best of the week with you

Online stalking increases

DailyShield reports that 1 in 5 Americans may be victim of online stalking.

 Apps access your data through your friends

You may not have realized this but apps can access your personal information through your friends. There’s a simple fix for this but (as usual) buried in the settings. Here’s some help from appblock.

Combined apps can be hazardous to your privacy

TIME says apps that combine data sets from multiple social media sites “can be extremely hazardous to yourprivacy” as seen with the latest app to make the news “Girls Around me”. The guys behind i-Free didn’t invent some new way to access people’s data. They used existing APIs from Facebook, Foursquare and Google Maps to create a program that utilizes information people willingly give up.

Thoughts?

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#PrivacyRoundup March 26-30th

Every week we scour the web for interesting articles on the subject of online privacy and thought we’d share the best of the week with you.

U.S Senator attacks Facebook and Google, privacy a casualty

U.S. Senator Al Franken gave a speech recently in which he attacked both Facebook and Google. Franken explained how both companies are in the business of disregarding your privacy.

Email and web use ‘to be monitored’ under new laws in the UK

Internet firms will be required to give intelligence agency GCHQ access to communications on demand, in real time. The Home Office says the move is key to tackling crime and terrorism, but civil liberties groups have criticised it.

What do you think?

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#PrivacyRoundUp: March 19-23rd

Every week we scour the web for interesting articles on the subject of online privacy and thought we’d share the best of the week with you.

Facebook privacy violations…except this time Facebook’s on your side..

There’s been a lot of news this week around the company that asked an interviewee for access to his Facebook profile and Facebook has stepped in and said that it is a violation of privacy and may even sue employers. Facebook has even updated the site rules to stop employers asking for passwords.

Looks like Facebook is acting in favour of its users (for once!)

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#PrivacyRoundup March 12-16th

Every week we scour the web for interesting articles on the subject of online privacy and thought we’d share the best of the week with you.

Your dishwasher has eyes!

Or will..eventually. With the proliferation of “smart” devices, it won’t be long that the CIA wil be able to spy on you through your dishwasher

Facebook knew I was engaged, even when I didn’t tell it!

Not even recently engaged (it had been more than a year), a Facebook user finds herself being asked the nature of her relationship with her fiancee through an advertisement for an engagement ring. They never revealed their status on Facebook explicitly but rather announced it to their friends offline (I guess that’s what we’re calling “real” life these days :) ) and creatively through pictures being tagged on Facebook. Of course it has come up in comments and she does use the words wedding etc..Looks like Facebook figured them out!  Is Facebook ever wrong?  And what if they weren’t engaged..yet? #awkward

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#PrivacyRoundUp March 5-9th

Every week we come across many interesting articles on the subject of online privacy and thought we’d share the best of the week with you.

“Every search you make…I’ll be watching you…” Personalized Search Results Invade Privacy!

Reported this week on MSNBC, a Pew survey shows that  “73 percent said they are not comfortable with a search engine keeping track of their searches “and using that information to personalize future search results because they feel it is an invasion of privacy.”

How do you feel about your every search being tracked?

This leads us to the next topic..

Do Not Track Button

In his post, Mitch Joel looks at the Do Not Track button and at how right now we are at kind of a crossroads. We want personalization and yet at the same time..privacy. How should companies strike a balance? Can they or is it already too late?

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#PrivacyRoundup Feb 27-Mar 2

Every week we come across many interesting articles on the subject of online privacy and thought we’d share the best of the week with you.

The Right to Forget!
EU puts Google straight on ‘right to be forgotten’ and allow people to delist content that they no longer want to be searched.

Think you’re being followed? You just may be right!

Just this week Mozilla introduced Collusion, an add-on for the Firefox browser that shows you how companies are tracking you as you surf the Web.

Think your tweets just disappear? Think again!
Twitter partners with Datasift to unlock tweet archive allowing firms to plan marketing campaigns, target influential users or even try to predict certain events.

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#PrivacyRoundUp February 20th-24th

Every week we come across many interesting articles on the subject of online privacy and thought we’d share the best of the week with you.

Had a bad day at work?

You may think twice about sharing that on your Facebook wall or Twitter status..“Employees who tweet or update their Facebook status saying ‘I had a bad day at work’ could face losing their jobs, says a leading employment lawyer. “   #notcool

Clear your history! Web, that is :)

New privacy rules coming from Google means it’s good time to revist what they have on record for you. Here are some simple steps to remove your web search history on Google.

Innocent looking app?

Not so fast. Check out the list of growing apps that are bypassing your privacy and uploading your smartphone contacts to their servers without your permission.

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#PrivacyRoundup February 13-17th

Every week we come across many interesting articles on the subject of online privacy and thought we’d share the best of the week with you.

The Internet is Watching YOU

What the Internet knows about you and How to Protect Yourself: Big Brother is watching and here are some steps to remove your trace on the web.

Your content can and will be used against you!

Facebook Lawyers Successfully Scare Off Seamstress Suing Over Sponsored Stories:  Looks like they can use your information and content against you! Kind of makes you think twice about what you share and who you say what to!

Facebook just wants everyone to share, share, SHARE! Not so fast, says this Austrian.

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