consumer privacy

The Guardian Corrects and Clarifies Story That Damaged Whisper App

The Guardian has issued a correction and clarification on a months-old damning report that stung the anonymous sharing app Whisper and its staff. It turns out that alleged privacy problems may not have been as egregious as first reported.

Sneaky Facebook Study on Users’ Emotions Draws Ire

If you use Facebook and found yourself momentarily feeling either better or worse in early 2012, an algorithm may have caused your shift in mood. And that's what has some social media users upset today.

Snapchat Settles With the FTC Over Broken Privacy Promises

Snapchat, an app that promised messaging privacy, broke those promises to users, the Federal Trade Commission said Thursday. The hot startup agreed to settle with the FTC over charges it had deceived users about the ephemeral nature of its video and text message "snaps."

Why Advertisers Should Care About the White House Report on Big Data and Privacy

The government has put out yet another report on big data and privacy, buzzwords that have scared consumers and dominated press headlines. So is this latest report something advertisers should care about?

White House Report on Big Data and Privacy Largely Ducks Surveillance Issue

There were no surprises in the highly anticipated release of the White House report on big data and privacy, especially since the most controversial conclusion—that big data could lead to discriminatory outcomes—was leaked to the press last weekend. 

Ad Industry Will Soon Unveil a Do Not Track Browser Solution

After dissing the likes of Microsoft and Mozilla for their default Do Not Track browsers and after walking out of the World Wide Web Consortium's tracking protection working group, the advertising industry (through the Digital Advertising Allianc

White House Worried About Use of Big Data to Discriminate

The White House report on big data and privacy, due out this week, will call out the potential use of big data as a way to discriminate or take advantage of vulnerable consumers, the Associated Press reported.

Top 10 Reasons Not to Buy Google Glass

Google Glass goes on sale for one day today, stoking fears among privacy hawks that the wearable tech is a menace to consumer privacy. The one-day limited sale is part of Google's Glass Explorer program launched in 2012 to test the device before it's offered to the general market.

FTC Tells Facebook to Preserve WhatsApp Privacy Pledge

The Federal Trade Commission warned Facebook that it must stick to its word about maintaining WhatsApp's privacy policies.

Senate Confirms Terrell McSweeny to FTC

The Federal Trade Commission is back up to its full strength Wednesday after the Senate voted 95-1 to confirm Terrell McSweeny to be the third Democratic commissioner on the five-member agency, giving the Democrats on the commission a majority.