Don't-Miss Privacy Stories

Google faces class action lawsuits against new privacy policy

Google faces consumer complaints in federal courts in New York and California, claiming that its new privacy policy violates the company's earlier policies.

Firefox to turn on default encryption for all Google searches

Mozilla is currently testing default encrypted Google searches for all Firefox users, with the intent to make all Google searches encrypted in the near future.

Google says it will cooperate with any Safari privacy investigations

Google will cooperate with any investigations into allegations that it bypassed privacy settings in Apple's Safari browser, the company said, after a news report that both U.S. and E.U. officials are investigating the company.

Apple, other firms named in privacy suit over mobile apps

Facebook, Apple, Twitter, Yelp and 14 other companies have been hit with a lawsuit accusing them of distributing privacy-invading mobile applications.

AllClear ID keeps warnings about identity theft close at hand

Released to the App Store Wednesday, promises to alert users whenever there's a report that thieves may have accessed their bank accounts, credits cards, or Social Security number. The free mobile offering also includes a number of tools for protecting identity.

Lawmakers want Apple to brief them on iOS app privacy

Two U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday asked Apple representatives to brief members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee on the company's mobile privacy policies, saying a letter from Apple did not answer all of their questions.

What you need to know about Do Not Track

Google decided on Thursday to get behind Do Not Track, technology that lets users opt out of online tracking done by websites and Internet advertisers. So where does Do Not Track stand now? We've put together some answers for you.

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.