Don't-Miss Privacy Stories

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.

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.

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 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.

Consumer Watchdog calls for investigation of Google

Consumer Watchdog, an advocacy group largely focused in recent years on Google's privacy practices, has called on a congressional investigation into the Internet giant's relationship with the Obama administration.

Mozilla to offer new feature for improved online privacy

Mozilla, the developer of the Firefox browser, is working a feature that will allow users to opt-out of online behavioral advertising.

Trapster hack may have exposed millions of iPhone, Android passwords

Millions of e-mail addresses and passwords may have been stolen from Trapster, an online service that warns iPhone, Android and BlackBerry owners of police...

App privacy sparks class action lawsuit

Apple and others sued over alleged app privacy violations.

WSJ's concerns over app data-sharing may be overblown

The Wall Street Journal warns that iPhone and Android apps are sharing your personal data with advertisers, but should you really be worried?

FCC investigating Google over Street View

The FCC confirmed that it's investigating whether Google broke any federal eavesdropping laws when collecting data for its controversial Street View mapping service.

Facebook, Google face EU crackdown over user data

Internet giants such as Facebook and Google could soon be forced to reveal more to European Internet users about what they are doing with their private data.

German Street View error lets iPhone users see hidden images

Google is facing fresh complaints over Street View in Germany, after technical problems caused some properties to be visible rather than blurred.