PRIVACY

  • Teenagers don't estimate the possible risks of posting personal information on social media: Study March 18, 2015

    New York: Most teenagers upload personal information on the social media networks like Facebook without considering the risks involved, says a study. Researchers from the Pennsylvania State University found that they were not really thinking at all while posting private pictures or information, or at least were not thinking like most...
  • Wikimedia files lawsuit against NSA's mass snoop-ops March 11, 2015

    New York: The US National Security Agency was sued on Tuesday by Wikimedia and other groups challenging one of its mass surveillance programs that they said violates Americans' privacy and makes individuals worldwide less likely to share sensitive information. The lawsuit filed in federal court in Maryland, where the spy agency...
  • Watch: A short movie about a couple looking for a little privacy in the megacity that is Mumbai March 3, 2015

    Ever heard the phrase "get a room"? What if that room is already crowded? From irritating roommates to heavily populated clubs, to pesky landlords to cops on a power-trip; the entire universe is out there to make sure that you don't have a little alone time. Ever.Even in this day...
  • Twitter boosts efforts to to crack down on impersonation, data leaks February 27, 2015

    San Francisco: Twitter said Thursday it was ramping up efforts to crack down on impersonation on the messaging platform as well as the leaking of personal, private data. The announcement came as an update to Twitter's online safety push announced in December. "We streamlined the process of reporting harassment on Twitter recently;...
  • 'The notion of individual privacy is effectively dead' January 23, 2015

    Davos: Imagine a world where mosquito-sized robots fly around stealing samples of your DNA. Or where a department store knows from your buying habits that you're pregnant even before your family does. That is the terrifying dystopian world portrayed by a group of Harvard professors at the World Economic Forum in...
  • Xiaomi, Apple, Samsung, other smartphone brands don't breach privacy rules: Taiwan December 30, 2014

    Taipei: Taiwanese regulators cleared on Tuesday China's Xiaomi and other smartphone brands of breaching local data protection laws after national security concerns triggered the government to launch a probe in September. The National Communications Commission, in a report concluding the investigation, said all the 12 brands it had tested, which include...
  • Online privacy will remain a thorny issue over the next decade December 20, 2014

    Washington: Online privacy will remain a thorny issue over the next decade, without a widely accepted system that balances user rights and personal data collection, a survey of experts showed. "The vast majority of experts agree that people who operate online are living in an unprecedented condition of ubiquitous surveillance," said...
  • 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...