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Unknown Tech Company Fighting Back Against FBI's National Security Letter Gag Order

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Last year Twitter was willing to stand up to the feds when they tried to issue a so-called 2703(d) order to try to reveal info about some Wikileaks collaborators. A (d) order is like a warrant, but with fewer privacy protections, but Twitter fought hard to at least let users...
Unknown Tech Company Fighting Back Against FBI's National Security Letter Gag Order

Google, Yahoo, Microsoft execs back CISPA through trade group

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Tech trade group whose members include Eric Schmidt, Marissa Mayer sends letter to House Intelligence panel commending its work on the controversial bill and expressing interest in added privacy protections. [Read more]...
Google, Yahoo, Microsoft execs back CISPA through trade group

Senator Wyden Lays Out Broad Internet Freedom Agenda, Warns Against 'Maximalist' Agenda That Harms Innovation

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This morning at CES, Senator Ron Wyden laid out a broad and detailed agenda for how Congress can and should promote internet freedom and increase innovation -- mainly by focusing on knocking down the barriers presented by legacy players who don't want to adapt or compete. Among other things, he...
Senator Wyden Lays Out Broad Internet Freedom Agenda, Warns Against 'Maximalist' Agenda That Harms Innovation

Cispa approved by House but critics urge Senate to block 'horrible' bill

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Free speech groups say the bill – which Obama has vowed to veto – hands US authorities too much power to use private dataFree speech advocates are calling for the Senate to block controversial cybersecurity legislation they claim will give the US authorities unprecedented access to online communications.The House of Representatives on...
Cispa approved by House but critics urge Senate to block 'horrible' bill

Congress to Apple: One More Thing …

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Looks like Congress isn’t quite through scrutinizing Apple’s consumer privacy protections. The Energy and Commerce Committee today sent a letter to CEO Tim Cook asking that he send a company representative to Washington to formally brief it on just how it is protecting the personal information of mobile device users....
Congress to Apple: One More Thing …

Google Glass not to allow face recognition for now

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Google will not allow face recognition on its Glass wearable computer for now, until there are strong privacy protections."We've been listening closely to you, and many have expressed both interest and concern around the possibilities of facial recognition in Glass," the company's Project Glass wrote in a post on...
Google Glass not to allow face recognition for now

Demand That Congress Actually Debate FISA Amendments Act

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We've pointed out that the unconstitutional FISA Amendments Act (along with its secret interpretation), look likely to get renewed before the end of the year. Senator Wyden is willing to drop his hold, but if he doesn't get certain amendments in, he wants to limit the length of the extension...
Demand That Congress Actually Debate FISA Amendments Act
IRS Doesn't Deny Snooping Emails Without A Warrant

Microsoft blasts Google over iPhone browser tracking, pushes IE9 while it’s at it

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With Google acknowledging that it utilised features in its services to bypass Apple’s built-in security measures in its Safari mobile browser to track users, Microsoft has taken the opportunity to join the debate, condemning the search giant and using it as a platform to tout the security of its own browser,...
Microsoft blasts Google over iPhone browser tracking, pushes IE9 while it’s at it

Facial Recognition Technology Is Now Available For Google Glass

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The new software from Lamda Labs, who are based in San Francisco, raises the prospect of never forgetting a face again, and also of internet recommendations for who Google Glass wearers should meet at large social gatherings. It will launch to computer programmers in days. Google has been at pains to...
Facial Recognition Technology Is Now Available For Google Glass

Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and AOL back US 'consumer privacy bill of rights'

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Tech giants support Obama administration's plan to issue voluntary guidelines and commit to 'Do Not Track' technologyGoogle, Microsoft, Yahoo and AOL say they will sign up to a "consumer privacy bill of rights", announced on Thursday by the Obama administration in a move that would bring US law closer to...
Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and AOL back US 'consumer privacy bill of rights'

Congress sends Google a list of questions about privacy and Glass

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Today a bipartisan Congressional privacy caucus sent Google a letter with eight questions regarding a topic that's caused a lot of speculation: how will privacy be protected by Google Glass? The headsets can take photos and video in a more discreet manner than raising a smartphone or a camera and...
Congress sends Google a list of questions about privacy and Glass

Fearmongering Around 'Cyber' Threats Puts Internet Openness At Risk

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Susan Crawford has an intriguing column over at Bloomberg where she notes that the ongoing effort by politicians to fearmonger around the idea of "cybersecurity" and "cyberwar," is a lot more problematic than just a sneaky way to do away with basic privacy protections. Instead, she argues, it's going to...
Fearmongering Around 'Cyber' Threats Puts Internet Openness At Risk

New privacy bill aimed at reforming FISA and the Patriot Act introduced in the Senate

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New legislation aims to reform the Patriot and FISA Amendments Acts to apply greater oversight and control to the government's surveillance programs.The bill, the FISA Accountability and Privacy Protection Act of 2013, comes following dramatic revelations about how the National Security Agency collects certain types of data about U.S....
New privacy bill aimed at reforming FISA and the Patriot Act introduced in the Senate

New Cybersecurity Bill May Actually Take Privacy Concerns Seriously

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After all the concerns raised about CISPA and other cybersecurity legislation, Senators Lieberman and Collins introduced a heavily revised version of their cybersecurity bill. The entire thing is an insane 211 pages, but as a first pass, the ACLU (who has been highly critical of nearly all previous proposals) sounds...
New Cybersecurity Bill May Actually Take Privacy Concerns Seriously

CISPA Authors Launch Twitter Account To Preach False Merits Of The Bill

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Still desperate to prove that they are in touch with the online community, the House Intelligence Committee has launched a new Twitter account apparently dedicated to talking about how totally awesome CISPA is. They haven't been at it for very long, but they've already blessed the hashtags #CISPA and #cyber...
CISPA Authors Launch Twitter Account To Preach False Merits Of The Bill

Daily Report: Tech and Media Companies Resist Proposal to Strengthen Online Privacy Protections for Children

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Tech and media companies like Apple, Facebook, Google, Viacom and Disney are pushing back against a proposal by federal regulators to strengthen online privacy protections for children....
Daily Report: Tech and Media Companies Resist Proposal to Strengthen Online Privacy Protections for Children

Like privacy? The EU & US are deciding what should be done with your data

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Earlier today, at the High Level Conference on Privacy and Protection of Personal Data, the European Union and the United States announced a new commitment to collaboration on privacy issues and laws. As the Internet becomes even more entrenched in the life of the individual, how those users’ data is stored, and shared,...
Like privacy? The EU & US are deciding what should be done with your data

Google calls for greater electronic privacy protections

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Critics claim the 17-year-old Electronic Communications Privacy Act is out of date and violates fourth amendmentGoogle has called for changes in the 17-year-old law that allows US authorities to access people's online lives without a warrant.In a blogpost timed to coincide with Monday's Data Privacy Day, David Drummond, Google's chief...
Google calls for greater electronic privacy protections
In the eyes of the law, is an iMessage a text or an email?

Facebook agrees to tighten its privacy policies

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Social network settles dispute with FTC over 'deceptive act' of making confidential information public without consentFacebook has agreed to tighten its privacy policies after it settled a long-running dispute with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC).The social network was accused by the regulator last year of introducing "unfair and deceptive"...
Facebook agrees to tighten its privacy policies

White House Preparing Executive Order As A Stand-In For CISPA

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This isn't a huge surprise -- and last month we even discussed the possibility, but it sounds as though the White House has decided that, with the failure of Congress to pass a comprehensive cybersecurity bill (CISPA passed in the House, but the rather different Cybersecurity Act failed in the...
White House Preparing Executive Order As A Stand-In For CISPA

Facebook Expands Custom Audiences With Third Party Audience Segmentation Data

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Last year, Facebook introduced Custom Audiences, which enables companies to upload customer or prospect databases and target those individuals on Facebook by matching customer IDs with Facebook IDs, phone numbers or email addresses (subject to privacy protections). That capability was recently... Please visit Marketing Land for the full article....
Facebook Expands Custom Audiences With Third Party Audience Segmentation Data

US House moves toward passage of CISPA

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The U.S. House of Representatives moved closer Wednesday toward the passage of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), despite concerns that the cyberthreat information-sharing bill will allow Web-based companies to share a wide amount of customer information with government agencies.The House on Wednesday debated several amendments to...
US House moves toward passage of CISPA

IBM Sends 200 Execs To Capitol Hill To Demand The Right To Send Your Private Info To The NSA

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We've talked about various tech companies supporting CISPA, which is really shameful and short-sighted. Yes, it protects them from liability if they trample all over your privacy and provide your private info to the government -- which is why they support it. But if they were truly customer focused companies,...
IBM Sends 200 Execs To Capitol Hill To Demand The Right To Send Your Private Info To The NSA
Reddit on CISPA: “People just want to know we give a shit”

Location Privacy Goes to Washington

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Testifying before a congressional hearing in late February, Mike Altschul with the Wireless Association was blunt: Federal mobile phone privacy policy is undefined and the privacy guidelines for location-based services written in 2008 are obsolete. The hearing on consumer privacy was the fifth in a series that seeks to evaluate...
Location Privacy Goes to Washington

Google tricks Internet Explorer into accepting tracking cookies, Microsoft claims

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Google was caught last week bypassing default privacy settings in the Safari browser in order to serve up tracking cookies. The company claimed the situation was an accident and limited only to the Safari Web browser, but today Microsoft claimed Google is doing much the same thing with Internet Explorer.In a...
Google tricks Internet Explorer into accepting tracking cookies, Microsoft claims

Liberties Groups Rap Google's Skirting of Safari's Privacy Protections

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Accident or not, Google's actions regarding cookies and Apple's browser are "severely disappointing," privacy experts say....
Liberties Groups Rap Google's Skirting of Safari's Privacy Protections
The Creepiest Google Glass Feature Has Been Banned: Np Facial Recognition Apps Allowed
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