Online Privacy

  • Google updates terms of service to clarify that Gmail emails are scanned to serve ads 15-04-2014 06:33 AM

    Google updated its terms of service on Monday, informing users that their incoming and outgoing emails are automatically analysed by software to create targeted ads. The revisions more explicitly spell out the manner in which Google software scans users' emails, both when messages are stored on Google's servers and when...
  • Microsoft snooped on blogger's Hotmail to track who was leaking company secrets 21-03-2014 01:37 PM

    Los Angeles: Microsoft, which has skewered rival Google for going through customer emails to deliver ads, acknowledged Thursday it had searched emails in a blogger's Hotmail account to track down who was leaking company secrets. John Frank, deputy general counsel for Microsoft, which owns Hotmail, said in a statement Thursday...
  • Google links Google+ contacts to Gmail, raises concerns 10-01-2014 01:17 PM

    San Francisco: A new feature in Google's Gmail will result in some users receiving messages from people with whom they have not shared their email addresses, raising concerns among some privacy advocates. The change, which Google announced on Thursday, broadens the list of contacts available to Gmail users so it...
  • United Nations adopts resolution to protect privacy in digital age 19-12-2013 08:33 AM

    United Nations: The UN General Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution aimed at protecting the right to privacy against unlawful surveillance in the digital age on Wednesday in the most vocal global criticism of US eavesdropping. Germany and Brazil introduced the resolution following a series of reports of US surveillance, interception,...
  • New geek wars: An encryption battle is raging 30-11-2013 08:34 AM

    San Jose: Encrypted email, secure instant messaging and other privacy services are booming in the wake of the National Security Agency's recently revealed surveillance programs. But the flood of new computer security services is of variable quality, and much of it, experts say, can bog down computers and isn't likely...
  • German journalists advised to stop using Google, Yahoo 02-11-2013 01:07 PM

    Frankfurt: The union representing German journalists advised its members on Thursday to stop using Google and Yahoo because of reported snooping by US and British intelligence. "The German Federation of Journalists recommends journalists to avoid until further notice the use of search engines and e-mail services from Google and Yahoo...
  • Google chairman 'respects' but disagrees on privacy 11-10-2013 01:44 PM

    Athens: Eric Schmidt, Google's executive chairman, said Thursday that he respects but disagrees with complaints about his company's privacy policies made by data protection authorities in six European countries. Schmidt said the Internet search and ad giant has "very broadly communicated" its policies to authorities in the countries where the...
  • Study finds online privacy concerns on the rise 06-09-2013 01:19 PM

    Washington: Lynn Boyden, a college professor in Los Angeles who teaches website design, says she has developed two identities online: a public one for her professional life and a private one that only a few close friends can access. She tries to block advertising trackers when she can and limits...
  • Lavabit encrypted email service linked to Edward Snowden shuts down 09-08-2013 07:02 AM

    San Francisco: An encrypted email service believed to have been used by American fugitive Edward Snowden shut down abruptly on Thursday amid a legal fight that appeared to involve US government attempts to win access to customer information. "I have been forced to make a difficult decision: to become complicit...
  • Infographic: Who is spying on you? And how to stop them 06-08-2013 03:00 PM

    Every time you log on to the Web, you are potentially exposing your digital information to many types of threats. At home, at work or when outside, you are vulnerable and your privacy and identity is at risk. The threat is not only from hackers, but also from your ISP...
  • Google challenges US surveillance court on free speech grounds 19-06-2013 08:40 AM

    Seattle: Google asked the US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on Tuesday to allow it to publish aggregate numbers of national security requests it receives separately from criminal requests, on First Amendment grounds. In its filing, Google requested the court to allow it to publish the aggregate number of national security...
  • Yahoo says it had as many as 13,000 data requests from US agencies 18-06-2013 03:01 PM

    Bangalore: Yahoo said US law enforcement agencies made between 12,000 and 13,000 requests for data in the last six months, the latest in a series of disclosures by technology companies since intelligence leaks showed the extent of government data gathering efforts. The company said the requests were made between December...
  • Apple got up to 5,000 data requests from US agencies in six months 17-06-2013 01:10 PM

    Bangalore: Apple received over the last six months between 4,000 and 5,000 requests for customer data from US law enforcement authorities relating to criminal investigations and national security matters, the company said on Monday. Microsoft and Facebook published similar data last week after reaching a deal about disclosures with US...
  • Six ways to keep your data safe from spying 15-06-2013 02:48 PM

    London: Phone call logs, credit card records, emails, Skype chats, Facebook message, and more: The precise nature of the NSA's sweeping surveillance apparatus has yet to be confirmed. But given the revelations spilling out into the media recently, there hardly seems a single aspect of daily life that isn't somehow...
  • Facebook, Microsoft release surveillance information after US deal 15-06-2013 12:47 PM

    San Francsico: Facebook and Microsoft have struck agreements with the US government to release limited information about the number of surveillance requests they receive, a modest victory for the companies as they struggle with the fallout from disclosures about a secret government data-collection program. Facebook on Friday became the first...
  • Microsoft got more than 6,000 US data requests in second half 2012 15-06-2013 12:44 PM

    Seattle: Microsoft said on Friday that for the last six months of 2012 it received between 6,000 and 7,000 criminal and national security warrants, subpoenas and orders affecting between 31,000 and 32,000 consumer accounts from local, state and federal US governmental entities. The software company disclosed the data after reaching...
  • Facebook got 9,000-10,000 government data requests in second half 2012 15-06-2013 12:43 PM

    San Francisco: Facebook Inc received between 9,000 and 10,000 requests for user data from various US government entities in 2012's second half, involving 18,000 to 19,000 of its users' accounts, the world's largest social network said in a Friday blogpost. The company said it released the information after reaching a...
  • The government spies on your digital life, same story the world over 10-06-2013 06:24 AM

    Caracas: US government snooping does not surprise global Internet users, who say they already have few expectations of online privacy as governments increasingly monitor people's digital lives and Internet companies often acquiesce. Privacy activists concerned over the US National Security Agency's selective monitoring of Internet traffic called on people to...
  • Stealthy Carrier IQ phone software stirs outcry 03-12-2011 01:54 PM

    San Francisco: Technology bloggers are asking if our cellphones are spying on us after a security researcher said a piece of software hidden on millions of phones was recording virtually everything people do with them. Amid a broad outcry, US Senator Al Franken is calling for an investigation. A class-action...
  • Men ignore Facebook privacy settings to befriend women 09-11-2011 05:18 PM

    London: Men are more likely to pass on their personal details and ignore privacy settings on social networking sites like Facebook when a female stranger requests friendship, a survey has found. The study, commissioned by anti-virus software company Bitdefender, said men are suckers for scantily clad female strangers. The survey...
  • Google, Twitter, Facebook co-opted for surveillance 30-09-2011 07:50 PM

    Nairobi: Internet companies such as Google, Twitter and Facebook are increasingly co-opted for surveillance work as the information they gather proves irresistible to law enforcement agencies, Web experts said this week. Although such companies try to keep their users' information private, their business models depend on exploiting it to sell...
  • Facebook under pressure over privacy 30-09-2011 07:59 AM

    London: Facebook faces regulatory scrutiny in Ireland, site of its European headquarters, over its handling of personal information, the Financial Times reported on Friday. The newspaper said the Irish data protection commissioner is to conduct a privacy audit of Facebook's activities outside the United States and Canada after complaints by...
  • FTC proposes kids' online privacy rule update 16-09-2011 12:30 PM

    Washington: A proposed update of the US online privacy rule for children would revise definitions of personal information and beef up parental consent mechanisms to reflect technological changes. The Federal Trade Commission plan would modify its Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule that gives parents a say over what information websites...
  • Facebook to organise friends in 'smart lists' 14-09-2011 06:18 AM

    New York: It's a modern-day dilemma: You really want your Facebook friends to see that wild party photo of you wearing bunny ears. But you're not so keen on explaining it to your mother-in-law. Well, Facebook aims to make life easier. Beginning Wednesday, the social network will make it easier...
  • Facebook to let users pre-approve photo tags 24-08-2011 08:05 AM

    San Francisco: Drunken revellers rejoice: Facebook will now let you decide whether your friends can attach your name to a photo before it is circulated. Currently, your friends can add your name to a photo on Facebook without your consent or knowledge. You can remove it later, but only after...
  • Internet privacy controls challenge tech industry 27-07-2011 07:47 AM

    Washington: The US federal government has put Google, Microsoft, Apple and other technology companies on notice: Give consumers a way prevent advertisers from tracking their movements across the Web - or face regulation. Yet for all its innovative know-how and entrepreneurial spirit, the technology industry has yet to agree on...
  • Apple pays S Korean user compensation over iPhone tracking 14-07-2011 07:15 PM

    Seoul: Apple Inc's Korean unit has paid compensation to a user of its popular iPhone after collecting location data without consent, lawyers and court officials said, the first payout by the company over these complaints. In May, Apple Korea was ordered by the court to pay 1 million won ($946)...