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Is Google Sharing Personal Info With App Developers? Consumer Watchdog files formal complaint with FTC

Google has had its share of privacy scandals, but the giant could be facing another. Charging that Google has been sharing users' personal information with app developers, Consumer Watchdog filed…

February 25, 2013, 4:19 PM EST

Ad Networks Beware: Firefox to Block Third-Party Cookies New policy could squeeze online behavioral advertising

The Interactive Advertising Bureau' lashed out Saturday at a new Firefox policy to block third-party cookies, effectively cutting off ad networks' ability to track users. That could be put a…

February 24, 2013, 9:14 AM EST

Is Facebook About to Run Into Privacy Issues Again? Activist group wants FTC, GAO and lawmakers to investigate

There's always inherent risk—as well as opportunity—when you make it up as you go. Facebook's new plan to work with big data vendors (reported today by Ad Age) to connect…

February 22, 2013, 3:36 PM EST

Is Cispa the New SOPA? Groups harness social media to battle cyber-security bill in Congress

The same groups that fought off the anti-piracy bill SOPA are now rallying the Internet community against Cispa, a cyber security bill introduced Thursday during a hearing of the House…

February 14, 2013, 12:29 PM EST

Microsoft Campaign Leverages Google's Privacy Woes Ad is a nod to privacy debate in Washington

Microsoft's new marketing campaign for its email service is tapping into consumers' growing fears that their privacy is being compromised on the Internet. This being Microsoft, it's doing that…

February 8, 2013, 2:50 PM EST

Ad Nets Step Up Self-Regulation NAI’s Groman hopes to turn around policymaker privacy perceptions

In the ongoing Washington debate over privacy, advertising networks get the worst rap. A billion-dollar business, online ad networks track consumer clickstream activity in order to sell behaviorally targeted ads to…

February 7, 2013, 6:00 AM EST

Path Settles Privacy Charges With FTC Agency also releases staff report recommending mobile privacy guidelines

Path, a social networking app, agreed to settle privacy charges with the Federal Trade Commission that it collected personal information from users' mobile address books without their knowledge or consent.…

February 1, 2013, 11:43 AM EST

Lawmaker Releases Draft of App Privacy Bill Public can provide feedback on website

There's no shortage of privacy bills in Congress, but that doesn't mean lawmakers won't keep trying. The latest entrant is a draft for a mobile privacy bill from Rep. Hank…

January 17, 2013, 4:55 PM EST

Rockefeller’s Final Years in Senate Will Be Intense Powerful Senate leader won’t seek sixth term

Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) may be retiring, but he’s going to go out with a bang. In his formal announcement speech today, the high-ranking Democrat signaled that he intends to “keep…

January 11, 2013, 3:30 PM EST

Obama Signs Video Sharing Bill Netflix to launch social feature this year

President Obama signed a bill Thursday that frees Netflix to launch in the U.S. a feature that lets users automatically broadcast on Facebook what movies and TV shows they're watching.…

January 11, 2013, 9:17 AM EST