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The Facebook password backlash

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We live in an age when Facebook has to issue a statement that it’s wrong for employers to demand to peek inside applicants’ profiles. FORTUNE — Two senators have asked the Justice Department to investigate the practice of employers requiring  job applicants to hand over their social-media passwords. Meanwhile, Facebook...
The Facebook password backlash

US government requests for Google users' private data jumped over 33% between 2011 and 2012

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Google on Wednesday announced the latest data for its Transparency Report, showing the steady increase in government requests for its users’ data continued in the second half of 2012. The company hinted that the growth of the numbers is inevitable “as usage of our services continued to grow” but nevertheless...
US government requests for Google users' private data jumped over 33% between 2011 and 2012

Obama administration defends NSA collection of Verizon phone records

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White House upholds 'critical tool in protecting the nation from terrorist threats' as senior politicians condemn practiceThe White House has sought to justify its surveillance of millions of Americans' phone records as anger grows over revelations that a secret court order gives the National Security Agency blanket authority to collect...
Obama administration defends NSA collection of Verizon phone records

Caught snooping: U.K. government staffers

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What a surprise: the U.K. government was forced to reveal under Freedom of Information laws that more than 1,000 civil servants have "snooped" on British citizens' private data. [Read more]...
Caught snooping: U.K. government staffers

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

With $1.4M In Tow, Celly Launches On iOS To Let Anyone Create An Instant Mobile Social Network

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Once upon a time, the pinnacle of social networking was the ability to connect with former classmates and share what your cat had for breakfast. Today, the requirements for social networking have evolved and are more immediate. We need social networks to quickly connect us with the classrooms, businesses, hospitals,...
With $1.4M In Tow, Celly Launches On iOS To Let Anyone Create An Instant Mobile Social Network

Google's Page: We don't provide "open-ended access" to user data, calls for transparency

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Google provided the lengthiest statement yet on reports of government access to user data through some of the country’s largest tech companies, re-iterating yet again that the company has not provided the government with “open-ended access” to private data. Google was one of nine tech companies named in the Washington Post and...
Google's Page: We don't provide "open-ended access" to user data, calls for transparency
DataSift nabs $15M from SVP, Northgate, & Daher to better analyze & process social data
DOJ: Want to make sure we can't access your private data? Buy an iPhone

Developers ‘scrambling’ because Apple changed the UDID access it said it would in August

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. TechCrunch notes that some of the Apple teams that approve apps for the App Store are turning down apps that access the depreciated UDID identifier in iOS: But this is the first time Apple has issued outright rejections for using UDIDs. “Everyone’s scrambling to get something into place,” said Victor...
Developers ‘scrambling’ because Apple changed the UDID access it said it would in August

Hardly surprising: Privacy groups give amended cybersecurity bill a thumbs down

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Yesterday TNW brought you the news that the Secure IT Act, one of the leading cybersecurity bills in the US Senate, had been revamped to, in theory, address the concerns of privacy advocates and consumer groups. TNW was skeptical that the changes would settle those issues. Essentially, the changes to...
Hardly surprising: Privacy groups give amended cybersecurity bill a thumbs down

GOOGLE: US Government Requesting Even More Private Data Without A Warrant

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Google has revealed the full scale of the US government's use of controversial legislation that bypasses judicial approval to access the online information of private citizens. According to its latest transparency report, the number of requests for private data Google received from US officials had increased by 136% by the...
GOOGLE: US Government Requesting Even More Private Data Without A Warrant

iPhone App Maker Sued For Allegedly Selling Private Data On Kindergartners

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A California-based app developer is facing legal action for reportedly taking children's information and selling it without parental permission. New Jersey Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa filed Wednesday a lawsuit against 24x7digital LLC, claiming the company collects information about children — including their names and a code that can be used...
iPhone App Maker Sued For Allegedly Selling Private Data On Kindergartners

Google report reveals continued rise in US government requests for data

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Transparency report shows officials bypassing judicial approval under controversial Electronic Communications Privacy ActGoogle has revealed the full scale of the US government's use of controversial legislation that bypasses judicial approval to access the online information of private citizens.According to its latest transparency report, the number of requests for private data...
Google report reveals continued rise in US government requests for data

Answers to Your Questions on Personalized Web Tools

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Shared by louisgray Facebook says those using FB plugins do not receive any personalized private data. We've had an amazing response to our announcements from last week as more and more people engage with social and personalized experiences on other websites and services. We've also heard many questions and wanted...
Answers to Your Questions on Personalized Web Tools

YouPorn Goes HTML5, Gets on the iPad

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In an email exchange with Valleywag’s Ryan Tate last week, Apple CEO Steve Jobs touted the iPad’s “freedom from porn” as one of the device’s key selling points (along with “freedom from programs that steal your private data” and “freedom from programs that trash your battery”). Well, that freedom didn’t...
YouPorn Goes HTML5, Gets on the iPad

LulzSec: what they did, who they were and how they were caught

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From May 2011, the hackers targeted organisations, including the FBI, around the world - now many group members face jailEarly in May 2011, Fox.com was targeted by a new hacking group which had been formed in private online chatrooms of the hacking collective Anonymous. They called themselves LulzSec - a...
LulzSec: what they did, who they were and how they were caught

Facebook Takes On Google, But Private, Personalized, Social Search Has No Clear Winner Yet

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Facebook launched Graph Search today, its own version of a private, personalized social search engine. It’s somewhat of a competitor to Google’s “Search Plus Your World” – Google’s more recent take on blending personal data with that of the greater web. Although Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was careful to frame...
Facebook Takes On Google, But Private, Personalized, Social Search Has No Clear Winner Yet
House passes CISPA despite veto threats and a sea of angry Internet protesters

FBI: "No Evidence" Apple Device UDIDs Were Leaked From Our Laptop

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Earlier today, hackers at AntiSec claimed that they had got their hands on a database containing around 12 million UDID numbers from iPads and iPhones from an FBI employee-owned computer, a breach my colleague Sarah Perez described the significance behind and possible ramifications of in a post earlier today. Now, however, the...
FBI: "No Evidence" Apple Device UDIDs Were Leaked From Our Laptop
ICANN re-opens application system for generic top-level domains

How Much - and How Little - the Web Has Changed in 9 Years

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For ReadWriteWeb's ninth anniversary last week, our founder and Editor-in-Chief Richard MacManus took a loving look back at how the site has evolved over the years. But RWW isn't the only thing that's stuck around even as it's changed over the past almost-decade. The Web has changed dramatically over...
How Much - and How Little - the Web Has Changed in 9 Years
Thumbnails On Firefox’s New Tab Page Could Expose Your Private Data, Fix Coming Soon

Former PCC chairman defends record

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Sir Christopher Meyer denies Press Complaints Commission acted as a newspaper industry 'poodle'Sir Christopher Meyer, chairman of the Press Complaints Commission when phone-hacking and other controversial newspaper practices being scrutinised by Lord Justice Leveson were taking place, has defended his record during a three-hour grilling marked by flashes of defiance...
Former PCC chairman defends record

Danish Police Admit That Data Retention Hasn't Helped At All

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There's been a big push around the globe to ramp up data retention rules, which require various online services to keep all sorts of data on their users for a long time, just in case it's possible that law enforcement officials might need that data at some later date. That...
Danish Police Admit That Data Retention Hasn't Helped At All

Yahoo Japan says 22 million user IDs may have been stolen

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Yahoo Japan, the country's largest Web portal, said up to 22 million user IDs may have been leaked during a hack that was discovered last week.The company emphasized that the IDs are already public information, and no passwords or other private data were affected. Yahoo Japan IDs are used...
Yahoo Japan says 22 million user IDs may have been stolen

Obama, Cybersecurity, And The Return of CIPSA

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The more things change the more they stay the same. With the strike of his pen Tuesday, President Obama signed an executive order aimed at bolstering the nation's cyber defenses and improving security. Later that night, in his State of the Union address, the President preached about the need to...
Obama, Cybersecurity, And The Return of CIPSA
OmniPlan for iPad packs a professional punch at $50, despite limited sharing and syncing features

Megaupload Users Revolt, Threaten to Sue U.S. Authorities

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If you think the RIAA and MPPA were mad about Megaupload, you should meet one of the site's users now that it's been shut down. I don't just mean one of the many, many people who were using Megaupload and its sister sites to snag unauthorized, copyrighted content. While those...
Megaupload Users Revolt, Threaten to Sue U.S. Authorities

Senators: Why Is Everyone So Worked Up About Verizon Spying? We've All Known About It Since 2007

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Towards the end of my piece this morning about the administration's ridiculous response to the leaked evidence and confirmation that the NSA is scooping up every single phone record (confirmed from Verizon at least, though you can assume it applies to everyone else as well) was a quick note mentioning...
Senators: Why Is Everyone So Worked Up About Verizon Spying? We've All Known About It Since 2007
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