Don't-Miss Privacy Stories

Privacy groups push for U.S. Facebook probe

Several privacy groups are asking U.S. regulators to force Facebook to halt plans for its facial recognition service.

Facebook Privacy: How to block facial recognition

Facebook automatically opts you into its new facial recognition feature, which recognizes your face in photos and prompts your friends to tag you. Here's how to opt out of it.

Remains of the Day: Great Scott!

Apple's first CEO talks about the good ol' days, a new technology could potentially up the public crazy factor, and the secrets of the Verizon iPhone's super-secret secrecy may finally be revealed.

Remains of the Day: Potent potables

It's time to talk cloud licensing (the legal distinctions between stratus and cumulonimbus are really quite fascinating), Verizon's tiered data plans (your choice of large, extra large, or patently ridiculous), and Apple's latest trademark defense (what is this "App Store" of which you speak?).

Senators: New smartphone tracking law needed

Two senators call for new online privacy laws.

Facebook fights California privacy push

California is considering legislation that would tighten Facebook's privacy practices, and the social network is not happy about it.

Apple and Google to face another Senate privacy hearing

Barely a week after testifying about location data, Apple and Google are due back in Congress to face a new subcommittee hearing on the broader topic of mobile privacy--this time, joined by Facebook.

Adobe Flash update puts users in charge of privacy

Adobe has released an important update to its Flash Player software that fixes critical security flaws and gives users a better way of controlling whether they are being tracked on the Web. In addition, Mac users will now get automatic software update notifications.

Senator questions Google on Wi-Fi snooping

A U.S. senator resurrected year-old questions about Google Street View cars sniffing Wi-Fi networks during Tuesday's Senate hearings on data collection.

Privacy groups support new do-not-track bill

Privacy and civil liberties groups support a new online do-not-track bill.

iPhone location-tracking incident boosts stock of 'privacy by design'

With a Senate hearing scheduled for Tuesday, the concept of privacy by design could get more attention.

California's Do Not Track law takes a step forward

California is a step closer to getting the first Do Not Track legislation in the U.S., aimed at protecting Internet users from invasive advertising.

Ghostery 1.0.0

Most Web sites track your activity; many provide that information to advertisers and other companies. Ghostery not only lets you track the trackers, but also lets you selectively block that tracking.

Apple releases iOS 4.3.3 to patch location bugs

Apple has released iOS 4.3.3, which includes three fixes that address concerns over the storage of location information on its mobile devices.

Apple can share my location data -- on my terms

Writing for Computerworld, information security expert Kenneth van Wyk says that companies like Apple need to be more open and provide their users with choices.