Don't-Miss Privacy Stories

Group files FTC complaint over Google's privacy changes

A privacy group says that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission should force Google to halt its plan to consolidate user identities across its services and fine the company for violating a previous settlement.

FTC warns enforcement action may be next for mobile apps for kids

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission, which in a new survey found that the vast majority of mobile apps for kids don't clearly disclose data sharing practices, said its next step will be the potential enforcement of privacy regulations.

Apple: iOS update to require user permission for apps to access contacts

After folks discovered numerous apps were uploading address book data without permission, Apple tells Macworld that a forthcoming iOS update will require such apps seek explicit user approval before accessing such data.

FBI seeks social media monitoring tool

In a move that's unlikely to sit well with privacy advocates, the FBI has begun scouting for a tool that will allow it to gather and mine data from social networks like Facebook.

New social site Pinterest attracts enthusiasm, scrutiny

Just as it enjoys an initial surge of popularity, a new social networking site called Pinterest is also experiencing its first bout of controversy.

Facebook unsure whether it can launch in China

China, one of the world's largest Internet markets, could be out of reach of Facebook because of the Chinese government's strict censorship policies, the company says.

Lawmaker pushes consumer notification bill in wake of Carrier IQ concerns

In response to the recent Carrier IQ controversy, a Massachusetts congressman has proposed a bill that would require all phone companies to notify consumers of any user tracking and monitoring software in their phones.

Google, Microsoft, Facebook, others team up to eliminate phishing

Industry heavyweights Google, PayPal, Microsoft and AOL, along with 11 other companies, are aiming to eradicate phishing through technology.

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.


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.