PRIVACY

  • Facebook finalises its simplified privacy policy; to go into effect January 1, 2015 November 27, 2014

    New Delhi: Facebook, which invited users to comment on its new privacy policy until November 20, is now ready with the final version that will go into effect January 1, 2015. The company has already started sending out notifications informing users of the updated terms, data policy, and cookies policy...
  • App Graph: Twitter now tracks other apps you've installed on your phone; here's how to opt out November 27, 2014

    New York: Twitter said it is now tracking what other apps its users have installed on their mobile devices so it can target content and ads to them better. Twitter said Wednesday that users will receive a notification when the setting is turned on and can opt out using settings on...
  • Facebook collects information from the photos you share, tracks what you do on WhatsApp: 5 things to know about the company's new privacy policy November 15, 2014

    New York: Facebook is once again trying to simplify its privacy policy, largely to address criticisms that it's too complex and lengthy for the average user. Laid out with illustrations into short subsections, the new policy explains what types of information Facebook collects and how it uses the data. The new...
  • Facebook attempts to simplify privacy policy again, invites user comments November 14, 2014

    New York: One more time, Facebook is trying to simplify its lengthy privacy policy - and make it much shorter - to explain how it targets advertisements to its 1.35 billion users. The world's largest online social network uses the information people share on its site, along with the apps they...
  • China's Xiaomi to move users' data to servers outside of China, to India in 2015 October 27, 2014

    Mumbai: Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi said it plans to set up a data centre in India next year to store local user data, as the fast-growing company seeks to deflect concerns about privacy that could hamper its efforts to expand overseas. The move by privately owned Xiaomi comes after it said...
  • 'Anti-Facebook' social network Ello gets fresh funding, promises to remain ad-free October 25, 2014

    San Francisco: Flush with a reported $5.5 million in fresh funding, upstart social network Ello on Thursday legally changed its corporate standing to back a promise to remain ad-free. Ello converted to a public benefit corporation, which it described as "a new kind of for-profit company in the USA that exists...
  • The Snappening: Hacked private photos expose Snapchat's core flaw, but haven't hurt its popularity yet October 15, 2014

    The prospect of tens of thousands of potentially racy Snapchat photos hitting the Internet has driven home a simple fact: the mobile app's core feature - delivering photos and videos that vanish seconds after viewing - is flawed. The negative publicity surrounding that speculation has spurred criticism about its lax security....
  • New privacy system makes surfing the web safer October 6, 2014

    London: Researchers have built a new system that protects Internet users' privacy and dramatically improves the safety of surfing the web. Researchers from University College London, Stanford Engineering, Google, Chalmers University of Technology and Mozilla Research have built the system called 'Confinement with Origin Web Labels,' or COWL. It works with Mozilla's...
  • Government servant can't claim right to privacy, says exSC judge September 13, 2014

    Ahmedabad: Without naming the beleaguered CBI chief Ranjit Sinha, former Supreme Court judge GS Singhvi on Saturday said that a government servant cannot always claim right to privacy. Sinha, who is facing the heat currently over disclosure of names in visitors' logbook allegedly maintained at his...
  • Facebook rolls out 'privacy checkup' to help users better manage what they post September 5, 2014

    San Francisco: Facebook on Thursday began rolling out its "privacy checkup" aimed at helping users of the huge social network better manage sharing their information and postings. The new system uses a blue dinosaur to guide Facebook users through its maze of privacy settings for personal information and for sharing their...
  • Is Philippines mulling an 'antiselfie' bill? August 29, 2014

    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 fitnesstracking devices, said Friday that it does not sell personal data to advertisers, contrary to concerns raised by US Sen. Charles Schumer. The San Franciscobased 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 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, 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 EUwide rules is a first...
  • 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 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 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...
  • 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 muchrequested 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 'snoopresistant' 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 USbased...
  • 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...