Don't-Miss Privacy Stories

Lawmakers question Google on its new privacy practices

Google's decision this week to share user data across its online services has caught the attention of eight members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Google to combine users' data across its services

Google will be able to combine data from several Google services when a Google Accounts user is signed in, as part of a rewritten set of privacy policies that the company announced this week.

U.S. Senate postpones Tuesday vote on PIPA

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has postponed a vote on the controversial Protect IP Act, scheduled for Tuesday.

Carrier IQ moves to allay fears of its tracking software

Carrier IQ has released a 19-page document describing its technology in what appears to be a belated attempt to quell continuing concerns over its controversial tracking software.

Four Facebook security tips to stay safe in 2012

Facebook users need to take extra precautions and exercise better judgment to ensure their accounts -- and their personal information -- stay safe. Here are four ways to do so.

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Facebook disables bug that exposed private photos

A Facebook bug that allowed unauthorized viewers to see private photos has been squished.

Lawmaker asks FTC to investigate Carrier IQ

The outcry over Carrier IQ's mobile-phone tracking software continued Friday, with a U.S. congressman asking the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the company.

Facebook Privacy: How the FTC settlement affects you

In the wake of a settlement between the FTC and Facebook over the latter's privacy policies, users of the social networking site should get ready for more changes in the way Facebook operates.

Privacy groups generally cheer FTC's Facebook settlement

Privacy and technology groups generally applauded a wide-ranging settlement between Facebook and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission over the social-networking site's privacy practices.

Facebook settles FTC privacy complaints

Facebook has agreed to settle U.S. Federal Trade Commission charges that it deceived consumers "on numerous occasions" by telling them they could keep their personal information private, then repeatedly sharing that information.

Chrome extension lets users express email privacy expectations in Gmail

A team of privacy researchers and product designers from Europe and the U.S. have released a browser-based implementation of Privicons, a project that aims to...

Lawyer: Regulators sniffing around mobile privacy issues

Regulators are starting to investigate what kind of oversight is in place to make sure that mobile applications don't encroach on user privacy rights, Microsoft attorney Mary Newcomer Williams said at a conference about legal issues in mobile broadband.

Facebook may be close to privacy deal with FTC

Facebook is close to reaching a deal with the Federal Trade Commission over charges that the social network engaged in "deceptive behavior" when changing its privacy settings.

Researchers: Facebook easily infiltrated by data-harvesting bots

Facebook's fake account detection mechanisms can be defeated 80 percent of the time with the help of automated tools, researchers from the University of British Columbia say.

FTC approves Google Buzz settlement

The Federal Trade Commission voted unanimously to approve an agreement that settles a privacy-violation complaint the agency leveled against Google over its Buzz microblogging and social networking service