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...
  • MHA accuses Vodafone of secretly sharing data with British agency 11-03-2014 07:53 AM

    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 09-03-2014 02:10 PM

    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 07-03-2014 07:01 AM

    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...
  • Boeing Black: An Android phone that deletes all data when tampered with 27-02-2014 03:42 PM

    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...
  • WhatsApp now lets Android users hide their 'last seen at' timestamp. Here's how 22-02-2014 03:19 PM

    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...
  • Facebook for Android can read your SMSs, other confidential information 03-02-2014 05:52 PM

    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 SMS. Buried within the...
  • A smartphone that can encrypt all calls, messages to protect them from spies, hackers 20-01-2014 12:06 PM

    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 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...
  • Google fined $204,000 over privacy policy 09-01-2014 10:27 AM

    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...
  • 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,...
  • Google removes Android privacy feature, says included by accident 14-12-2013 08:30 AM

    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...
  • 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...
  • Google's new privacy policy breaches Dutch law: Watchdog 29-11-2013 12:50 PM

    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...
  • Google to pay $17 million to settle Safari privacy case 19-11-2013 11:05 AM

    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...
  • 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...
  • Google to be fined by French regulator over data privacy 28-09-2013 12:12 PM

    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...
  • GTalk bug: How to check if your Google Talk messages reached someone it shouldn't have 26-09-2013 03:17 PM

    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...
  • GTalk bug alert: Google Talk delivering messages to unintended contacts 26-09-2013 01:02 PM

    Update 2 Google says, "the issue has been resolved and all services are gradually returning to normal." Update: Google has confirmed that there is indeed an issue with Google Talk and the Google Talk team is "continuing to work to restore full functionality." New Delhi: Many users on Google's popular...
  • 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...
  • Facebook may add profile images to controversial facial recognition 29-08-2013 11:20 PM

    San Francisco: Facebook is considering incorporating most of its 1 billion-plus members' profile photos into its growing facial recognition database, expanding the scope of the social network's controversial technology. The possible move, which Facebook revealed in an update to its data use policy on Thursday, is intended to improve the...
  • US judge approves Facebook privacy settlement over ads 27-08-2013 10:00 AM

    San Francisco: A US judge on Monday granted final approval to Facebook's $20 million settlement of a lawsuit over targeted advertising despite objections that the deal did not go far enough to protect children's privacy. Five plaintiffs filed a class action against Facebook in 2011, saying the social networking giant's...
  • India against accessing Internet communication content, says Sibal 24-08-2013 07:07 AM

    The Indian government was opposed to anyone accessing content of Internet communications emanating from the country, Communications and Information Technology Minister Kapil Sibal told parliament on Friday. He also assured members that steps had been taken to protect communications sent by missions abroad. Responding to concern of Rajya Sabha members...
  • Boyfriends beware! This app quietly snoops on you, sends out reports 22-08-2013 03:31 PM

    Rio De Janeiro: Brazilians were outraged when they learned their country was a top target of the US National Security Agency's overseas spying operation, with data from billions of calls and emails swept up in Washington's top secret surveillance program. Yet when it comes to the cloak and dagger effort...
  • Barack Obama to unveil steps to increase surveillance transparency 10-08-2013 06:07 AM

    US President Barack Obama will unveil new measures on Friday to increase transparency and build public trust in controversial government surveillance programs, a senior administration official said. Obama is scheduled to give a press conference at 3:00 pm eastern time (1900 GMT) from the White House. Civil liberty groups and...
  • 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...
  • After poor grades, 11-year-old daughter's custody given to father 02-08-2013 05:44 AM

    Observing that poor grades of a 11-year-old girl in school showed that her mother was not taking proper care of her education, a Delhi court has granted her custody to her father. Guardian Judge Rakesh Kumar also observed that the mother of the child did not have sufficient space to...