ONLINE PRIVACY

  • Baby blackout: Why parents are opting to keep babies off Facebook August 20, 2014

    New York: Behold the cascade of baby photos, the flood of funny kid anecdotes and the steady stream of school milestones on Facebook. It all makes Sonia Rao, a stayathome mother of a 1yearold in Mountain View, California, "a little uncomfortable." "I just have a vague discomfort having her photograph out there...
  • Tor, Tails privacyprotecting flaws show that no anonymity system is failsafe July 24, 2014

    San Francisco: Researchers have found a flaw that could expose the identities of people using a privacyoriented operating system touted by Edward Snowden, just two days after widely used anonymity service Tor acknowledged a similar problem. The most recent finding concerns a complex, heavily encrypted networking program called the Invisible Internet...
  • Google starts 'forgetting' things in Europe June 27, 2014

    San Francisco: Google on Thursday said that it is "forgetting" things in Europe to comply with a legal ruling granting people the power to have certain information about them removed from searches. "This week, we're starting to take action on the removal requests that we've received," Google said in an email...
  • Google makes it tougher for spies to snoop on your email, releases 'EndtoEnd' Chrome extension June 5, 2014

    San Francisco: Google stepped up its effort Wednesday to make it tougher for spies or anyone else to snoop on email, unveiling Chrome browser software for scrambling digital messages. A test version of a software tool called "EndtoEnd" was released so Internet engineers can dabble with making miniprograms that plug into...
  • Google in a quandary over how to balance privacy and freedom of information June 1, 2014

    Brussels: Google and other internet companies find themselves in a quandary over how to strike a balance between privacy and freedom of information as the top world search engine took a first step towards upholding an EU privacy ruling. Google moved overnight to put up an online form that will allow...
  • Facebook introduces anonymous logins, lets users limit data shared with apps May 1, 2014

    San Francisco: Facebook introduced new features on Wednesday that let users limit how much personal information they share with thirdparty mobile apps, a move meant to quell privacy concerns as the social network seeks to become a top entry port to the Internet. In recent years, Facebook has successfully encouraged a...
  • Google updates terms of service to clarify that Gmail emails are scanned to serve ads April 15, 2014

    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 they...
  • Microsoft snooped on blogger's Hotmail to track who was leaking company secrets March 21, 2014

    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 that...
  • Google links Google+ contacts to Gmail, raises concerns January 10, 2014

    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 includes...
  • United Nations adopts resolution to protect privacy in digital age December 19, 2013

    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, and...
  • New geek wars: An encryption battle is raging November 30, 2013

    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 November 2, 2013

    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 email services from Google and Yahoo for...
  • Google chairman 'respects' but disagrees on privacy October 11, 2013

    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 complaints...
  • Study finds online privacy concerns on the rise September 6, 2013

    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 August 9, 2013

    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 in...
  • Infographic: Who is spying on you? And how to stop them August 6, 2013

    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 June 19, 2013

    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 requests...
  • Yahoo says it had as many as 13,000 data requests from US agencies June 18, 2013

    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 1,...
  • Apple got up to 5,000 data requests from US agencies in six months June 17, 2013

    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 national...
  • Six ways to keep your data safe from spying June 15, 2013

    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 subject...
  • Facebook, Microsoft release surveillance information after US deal June 15, 2013

    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 datacollection program. Facebook on Friday became the first to...
  • Microsoft got more than 6,000 US data requests in second half 2012 June 15, 2013

    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 a...
  • Facebook got 9,00010,000 government data requests in second half 2012 June 15, 2013

    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 deal...
  • The government spies on your digital life, same story the world over June 10, 2013

    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 better...
  • Google app store policy raises privacy concerns February 15, 2013

    San Francisco: Google's privacy practices are drawing heat after an Australian software developer said the company was providing him with personal information, including email addresses, of everyone who purchased his mobile app. The information that Google shared, which included customers' full names, email and some postal code information, was not the...
  • Google pledges fight over government access to users' email January 29, 2013

    Washington: Google will lobby Washington in 2013 to make it harder for law enforcement authorities to gain access to emails and other digital messages. In a blog post on Monday, linked to Data Privacy Day, Google's chief legal officer, David Drummond, said the tech giant, in coalition with many other...
  • Apple users sue Google over secret tracking of browsing habits January 29, 2013

    London: A British law firm says that about a dozen Apple customers are suing Internet search leader Google in the UK over its alleged secret tracking of their Internet browsing habits. Londonbased law firm Olswang said that 12 Apple users were taking the Internet search leader to court over small pieces...
  • Facebook tightens privacy to satisfy Irish regulator September 22, 2012

    Dublin: Facebook has tightened up its privacy controls sufficiently to satisfy a review by the body that regulates the social networking company outside North America, removing the immediate threat of legal challenges. The world's biggest social network makes most of its money from advertising, but has to walk a fine line...
  • Twitter agrees to adopt DoNotTrack privacy option May 18, 2012

    San Francisco: Twitter will honour requests from users who do not want their online behaviour tracked, the company said on Thursday, in contrast with Web companies such Google Inc and Facebook Inc whose business models rely heavily on collecting user data. Twitter said it will officially support "Do Not Track," a...
  • FB warns employers not to demand passwords March 24, 2012

    New York: Facebook is warning employers not to demand the passwords of job applicants, saying that it's an invasion of privacy that opens companies to legal liabilities. The social networking company is also threatening legal action against those who violate its longstanding policy against sharing passwords. An Associated Press story this week...