online privacy

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. 

Consumers Buffeted by Security Hacks Still Don’t Understand Data Privacy

In spite of being constantly worried about online security in the wake of numerous data hacks and security breaches among top Web companies and retailers, market research firm Toluna found that people still don’t really understand online privacy and data securit

Jerk.com Jerked Around Consumers, FTC Says

How's this for an online racket? Surreptitiously grab information from Facebook to create tens of millions of profiles labeling people a "jerk" or "not a jerk" and then charge people $30 to revise their online profiles.

72% of Americans Won’t Wear Google Glass Because of Privacy Worries

It’s not Google Glass’ nerdy aesthetics, somewhat douchey reputation or lofty price tag that will prevent a whopping 72 percent of Americans from donning the headset of the future—it’s concerns about privacy and safety.

Advertising Community Heads to the White House to Talk Big Data and Privacy

GroupM's John Montgomery is headed for the White House this afternoon along with about 20 others in the Internet advertising business, including Dick O'Brien of the 4A's and the IAB's Mike Zaneis, to talk about big data and privacy issues.

Privacy Groups Ask FTC to Halt Facebook’s Acquisition of WhatsApp

A group of privacy organizations are calling for the Federal Trade Commission to investigate and halt Facebook's $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp.

Consumer Confidence in Online Privacy Hits 3-Year Low

The more consumers learn about how businesses track them online, the more worried they are about protecting their online privacy. In fact, consumer online trust has hit a three-year low, according to new data from Truste, a global data privacy management company.

The Hawks and Doves of Washington’s Privacy Debate

Ever since Edward Snowden's revelations about government surveillance, every day has been data privacy day in Washington. But Tuesday is the official day Congress designated in 2009 to raise consumer awareness.

Facebook Facing Class Action Suit Over Privacy

Facebook is starting off the year under fire once again for allegations that it has violated its users' privacy. Two Facebook users have filed against the social network for using the content of private messages as data for targeted advertising.

Government Report Calls For Comprehensive Privacy Law

A new report on consumer privacy from the Government Accountability Office concludes that there ought to be a comprehensive federal law governing the collection, use and sale of personal information by companies since there currently is none.