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Topic: online privacy

Sen. Rockefeller Looks Into How Web Surveys and Sweeps Aid Data Brokers

Condé Nast and Time Inc. sites included in probe

Trying to determine where data brokers get personal information about consumers, Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) queried 12 personal finance, health, and family-focused websites that collect and share visitors' information from…

Sen. Rockefeller Talks Privacy With Mark Zuckerberg

In town for immigration reform, Facebook chief blindsided by privacy questions

Mark Zuckerberg was in Washington to push immigration reform, but when he got to the office of Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), he was confronted with questions about Facebook's privacy policies. Following…

Facebook: Discussions With FTC About Recent Policy Changes Routine

Sen. Ed Markey calls social giant's shift 'troubling'

Facebook is talking with the Federal Trade Commission about its recent changes to its data-use policy. But the social network insists that the discussions are "routine" and that the controversial…

Privacy Groups Charge Facebook Policy Changes Violate FTC Order

Facebook's proposed changes spell out use of users' data in ads

Facebook is in the privacy crosshairs again, this time over proposed changes to its data-use policy. Charging that the changes violate Facebook's 2011 consent decree with the Federal Trade Commission,…

FTC: Internet-Connected Cameras Failed to Protect Consumer Privacy

Security failure exposed live Internet feeds of hundreds

Imagine you set up a camera to monitor your kids when they get home from school, or your business while you go to lunch. Now imagine that feed that you're…

Acxiom Gives Consumers Control of Their Data

Portal launches as Washington debates data broker practices

Hoping to keep regulators at bay, Acxiom, one of the world's largest data brokers, today launched a portal that shows consumers the data that the company has on them and…

California Poised to Get Do Not Track Disclosure Law

Websites must disclose response to Do Not Track signals

The chances of a consumer privacy bill coming out of Congress any time soon are slim, but that hasn't stopped California, which continues to forge new ground when it comes…

Peter Swire Quits Group Tasked With Creating Out Do Not Track Standard

Future of tracking group at a crossroads

When the World Wide Web Consortium's tracking protection working group, which is tasked with coming up with a Do Not Track browser standard, last met in July, the group was…

Facebook Settles Class Action Lawsuit Over Sponsored Stories

Social net to pay out $20 million

Facebook has finally settled a class action lawsuit over the way it shared "likes" of advertisers in sponsored stories without getting users' permission. In an order filed yesterday in San Francisco's…

Study: NSA Scandal Is Still Setting Off Privacy Alarm Bells Among Consumers

Concerned consumers more likely to take action to protect privacy

Now that consumers know that NSA spooks are reviewing their every click, online privacy has become a much bigger concern.  After seven weeks of steady media coverage, the percentage of Internet…

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