When Google created YAPF* yesterday, I figured I’d wait a bit until the dust settled before covering it. The dust settled within 24 hours, as Byron Acohido reports:
Google has rescinded its requirement for parents to divulge part of their childrens’ Social Security number, along with other Personally Identifiable Information, in order to participate in its Doodle-4-Google contest.
The search giant has drawn criticism from security and privacy advocates who point out how easy it is to calculate a fairly accurate statistical guess about a person’s identity using a partial Social Security number, city of birth and year of birth.
Read more on USA Today.
(Yet Another Privacy Flap, hashtag pending)