Don't-Miss Privacy Stories

Privacy groups cheer FTC's action over Google Buzz

Privacy advocates cheered on Wednesday in response to the Federal Trade Commission's crackdown on Google over privacy violations resulting from the bungled launch of the Buzz social networking and microblogging service.

Facebook Tip: Enable encryption to avoid privacy glitch

Some Facebook traffic this week took a misguided trip from AT&T servers through China and South Korea, exposing some user data. To protect yourself against such glitches, here's how to enable Facebook's HTTPS feature.

Berlin court rules Street View doesn't invade privacy

Google won a civil lawsuit in Germany lodged by a woman who contended its roving camera cars that shoot photographs for Street View violated her privacy.

France fines Google for Street View collection of Wi-Fi data

Google must pay a fine of €100,000 (US$142,000) for the unauthorized collection of information about the location of Wi-Fi hotspots in France by its Street View cars.

Protect your privacy: Web browsing

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Ad networks, search engines, Internet service providers, and social networks all track, analyze, and sell almost everything you do online.

Mozilla releases Firefox 4.0 release candidate

The new Firefox browser will feature a radically redesigned interface as well as new privacy controls.

Lawmaker promises new online privacy legislation

An upcoming online privacy bill would aim to give Web users more control of their personal data, a Republican lawmaker says.

Protect your privacy: what happens to your data?

When criminals obtain your e-mail address, credit card, or Social Security Number, your information enters an underground economy where it’s sold, bought, and (maybe) eventually used in a crime.

Protect your privacy: keep your data safe

In the old days, you probably kept all of your private data on your Mac. Today, your information is most likely stored across multiple Macs, iOS devices, and cloud-based storage services. Fortunately, there are tools that can keep your data safe, no matter where it lies.

Protect your privacy: take control of social networking

Maintaining privacy on social networks is much like hanging all your dirty laundry on a highway billboard—and then asking only your friends to look. While it's possible to avoid sharing your life's story with the entire world, it takes a lot of effort and is often contrary to the goals of the services you use. Remember, these services are free because they’re selling access to you.

Lawmaker introduces online do-not-track bill

A U.S. lawmaker introduced a bill to create an online do-not-track tool for all U.S. Internet users.

Facebook Privacy: Four valuable yet hard-to-find settings

Hunting for specific privacy settings can be tedious, so CIO.com did the work for you. Here's a list of four of the most important Facebook privacy settings, where to find them, and how to change them.

Mozilla adds 'Do Not Track' to newest Firefox 4 beta

Mozilla has rolled out the eleventh beta of Firefox 4, adding the "Do Not Track" feature it touted three weeks ago to the browser.

Report: Privacy worries many Facebook, Google users

A considerable number of Facebook and Google users worry about privacy and malware when using the social networking site and search engine, according to a survey from Gallup Poll and USA Today.

Apple hit with another suit alleging privacy violations

Apple has been hit with another lawsuit accusing it of privacy violations for the way it shares information collected from iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users with advertisers.