Privacy

  • Is Philippines mulling an 'anti-selfie' bill? 3 days ago

    A bill that seeks to bar taking photos of people without their permission is under intense discussion in the Congress in the Philippines, said Carlos Zarate, a representative from Bayan Muna, the leftist political party here. "Even an innocuous selfie with public figures at the background would be liable for 'intrusion...
  • We don't sell personal data to advertisers: Fitbit August 23, 2014

    Albany: Fitbit, the maker of a popular line of wearable fitness-tracking devices, said Friday that it does not sell personal data to advertisers, contrary to concerns raised by US Sen. Charles Schumer. The San Francisco-based company spelled out its privacy policy on its website after Schumer warned of a potential "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 stay-at-home mother of a 1-year-old in Mountain View, California, "a little uncomfortable." "I just have a vague discomfort having her photograph out there...
  • Tor, Tails privacy-protecting flaws show that no anonymity system is fail-safe July 24, 2014

    San Francisco: Researchers have found a flaw that could expose the identities of people using a privacy-oriented 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, Facebook must meet privacy rules: European Union June 7, 2014

    Brussels: Companies based outside the European Union must meet Europe's data protection rules, ministers agreed on Friday, although governments remain divided over how to enforce them on companies operating across the bloc. The agreement to force Internet companies such as Google and Facebook to abide by EU-wide rules is a first...
  • Google makes it tougher for spies to snoop on your email, releases 'End-to-End' 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 "End-to-End" was released so Internet engineers can dabble with making mini-programs 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 attempts to stem sharing fiascos, expands privacy checkup tool May 23, 2014

    New York: More Facebook users can expect to see a blue cartoon dinosaur popping up in their feeds, reminding them to check their privacy settings. No stranger to privacy fiascos, Facebook had already made the tool available to users who were posting public updates. The feature is designed to remind people...
  • 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 third-party 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...
  • MHA accuses Vodafone of secretly sharing data with British agency March 11, 2014

    New Delhi: Major telecom player Vodafone has been accused by the Union Home Ministry of secretly sharing subscriber data with a British intelligence and security organisation, a charge denied by the company. According to documents of the Internal Security Division of the Home Ministry, Vodafone is alleged to have given...
  • Facebook-WhatsApp deal may be scrutinised by India's fair trade regulator CCI March 9, 2014

    New Delhi: Facebook's $19 billion deal (Rs 1,16,000 crore) to acquire WhatsApp may face a detailed scrutiny by the country's fair trade regulator CCI, especially since both players have significant presence in India. The world's largest social networking site Facebook has around 1.2 billion members globally while WhatsApp - a...
  • Halt Facebook-WhatsApp deal, privacy groups ask regulators March 7, 2014

    San Francisco: Privacy advocates have asked US regulators to halt Facebook's $19 billion acquisition of messaging service WhatsApp until there is a clearer understanding of how the company intends to use the personal data of WhatsApp's 450 million users. WhatsApp, a service that allows mobile phone users to send each other...
  • Boeing Black: An Android phone that deletes all data when tampered with February 27, 2014

    New York: Boeing Co on Wednesday unveiled a smartphone that appears to come straight from a James Bond spy movie. In addition to encrypting calls, any attempt to open the casing of the Boeing Black Smartphone deletes all data and renders the device inoperable. The secure phone marks an extension of the...
  • WhatsApp now lets Android users hide their 'last seen at' timestamp. Here's how February 22, 2014

    New Delhi: Popular mobile messaging application WhatsApp, that is now being acquired by Facebook, has included a much-requested feature - the ability to hide the 'last seen at' timestamp. This feature was so longer available only on WhatsApp for iPhone and was a much desired by many on other platforms who...
  • Facebook for Android can read your SMSs, other confidential information February 3, 2014

    New Delhi: Leading social media company Facebook wants to read SMSs and other confidential information of people on the Android mobile phone platform, cyber security firm Kaspersky said today. "Over the last few days there has been a constant scrutiny over Facebook having access to your...
  • A smartphone that can encrypt all calls, messages to protect them from spies, hackers January 20, 2014

    London: A new 'snoop-resistant' smartphone that can encrypt all calls and messages to protect them from spies and hackers is being developed. The Blackphone is described by its makers as "the world's first smartphone to put privacy and control ahead of everything else." The Blackphone is being developed by US-based...
  • 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...
  • Google fined $204,000 over privacy policy January 9, 2014

    Paris: The French digital privacy watchdog is fining Google 150,000 euros ($204,000) for breaking rules on ensuring data privacy. The CNIL agency said on Wednesday that Google's new privacy policy - which applies to all of its services from e-mail to calendars - isn't specific enough about how and why it...
  • 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...
  • Google removes Android privacy feature, says included by accident December 14, 2013

    San Francisco: Google has removed an experimental privacy feature from its Android mobile software that had allowed users to block apps from collecting personal information such as address book data and a user's location. The change means that owners of smartphones using Android 4.4.2, the latest version of the world's most...
  • 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...
  • Google's new privacy policy breaches Dutch law: Watchdog November 29, 2013

    The Hague: A privacy watchdog said Thursday that Google has been breaching Dutch law on personal data protection since it introduced a new privacy policy last year. Jacob Kohnstamm, chairman of the College for the Protection of Personal Data, said that Google's combining of data from different services, including surfing multiple...
  • Google to pay $17 million to settle Safari privacy case November 19, 2013

    San Francisco: Google is paying $17 million to 37 states and the District of Columbia to make amends for the Internet search leader's snooping on millions of people using Safari Web browsers in 2011 and 2012. The settlement announced Monday stems from a technological loophole that enabled Google's DoubleClick advertising network...
  • 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 e-mail 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...
  • Google to be fined by French regulator over data privacy September 28, 2013

    Paris: France's data protection watchdog moved closer to fining Google for the way it stores and tracks user information after the search engine ignored a three-month ultimatum to bring its practices in line with local law. The privacy watchdog, known as CNIL, said on Friday it was opening a procedure to...
  • GTalk bug: How to check if your Google Talk messages reached someone it shouldn't have September 26, 2013

    Update Google says, "the issue has been resolved and all services are gradually returning to normal." New Delhi: Google says it is investigating into the Google Talk (GTalk) issue where messages are being sent to unintended receipients. While this is fixed, we recommend that you shouldn't share anything on Google Talk...