Jul 292014
 

Loek Essers reports: U.S. and EU privacy and consumer groups called on privacy regulators to stop Facebook’s plans to gather the Internet browsing patterns of its users while they visit other sites. The groups, gathered in the Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD) asked the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Irish Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) [...]

Jul 242014
 

Aaron Mamiite reports: A website that tracks and shows the locations of cats through pictures posted on the Internet is revealing online privacy issues. Owen Mundy, an assistant professor of art at Florida State University, used cat pictures and a supercomputer to build the “I Know Where Your Cat Lives” website, which pinpoints the locations [...]

Jul 242014
 

Samuel Gibbs reports: Google is being hauled in front of European data protection regulators on Thursday to explain its handling of the “right to be forgotten” ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ). The ECJ ruling meant that EU citizens had the right to request that information online that is inaccurate, inadequate, irrelevant, or excessive be [...]

Jul 222014
 

Brendan Sasso reports: The White House may have misled people who visited its website about how it tracked their online behavior. In a forthcoming paper, a group of researchers write that thousands of top websites, including WhiteHouse.gov, have been using a new, persistent type of online tracking. Justin Brookman, the director of consumer privacy at the Center for [...]

Jul 222014
 

Richard Adhikari reports: Concerns about overly broad searches of digital data by law enforcement once again have emerged after a federal judge on Friday issued an opinion stating officials armed with a warrant can seize and hold a suspect’s entire email account. Such an action would not violate the suspect’s rights under the Fourth Amendment [...]

Jul 222014
 

From EFF: The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has released a beta version of Privacy Badger, a browser extension for Firefox and Chrome that detects and blocks online advertising and other embedded content that tracks you without your permission. Privacy Badger was launched in an alpha version less than three months ago, and already more than [...]