privacy

How the European Cookies Are Crumbling (on the Web)

“Cookies,” say the bureaucrats at the European Union. “We hates them.”

And therein lies a problem.

Cookies, you see, are everywhere on the net. And your computer, too. A cookie is a teeny-tiny little text file that gets left on your computer by pretty much every single website you visit.

They’re actually quite useful. Cookies …

Why I Can Guess Your iPad Password

Friend of mine, a smart journalist, had his iPad stolen. He couldn’t help that — the thief broke into his house. But his private, personal data wasn’t stolen, exactly. Donated, more like. He had no passcode set on the iPad. All his email, calendar, address book, and work documents were free for the taking. Oh, yeah. He had the iPad …

How to Make Facebook Stop Recognizing Your Face in Photos

I know the future is upon us, but there’s still something about facial recognition that creeps me out. Especially when it suggests those not-so-flattering photos of me accurately…

Soon, Facebook will be able to scan all photos posted to Facebook and suggest people to tag based on their facial features.

And though Facebook’s …

Apple: Us? Track You? Never Planned To, Never Will

Squaring off with the U.S. Senate, Apple’s singing a privacy-friendlier song that ought to please location-tracking skeptics—assuming they buy what Cupertino’s selling.

Appearing with Google and Facebook before the Senate’s Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Insurance Subcommittee, Apple Vice President of Worldwide Government …

FTC Complaint Says Dropbox Misled Users About File Privacy

Last week, a complaint was filed with the Federal Trade Commission that Dropbox misled its customers about its file security. What does this mean? Other people, besides you, can see the contents of your files.

In particular, the complaint, which was filed by security reseacher Christopher Soghoian, says that Dropbox employees and …

Facebook Apps Are Leaking Your Profile to Third Parties

Not that I’m really shocked by any of this, but Symantec says Facebook apps are giving third parties access to your profile. That Farmville request doesn’t look so benign and innocent now, does it?

Who are these third parties, exactly? Advertisers? No way. Apparently, they’ve had access to your profile, photos, chat, and have …

South Korea Police Bust Google’s Offices in Seoul

In the U.S., when you start tracking users’ whereabouts you face tons of scrutiny and a software update that will fix the problem. In South Korea, they just raid your office.

Google’s Seoul office got sacked today by South Korean authorities; police suspected that its mobile advertising unit, AdMob, was illegally collecting …

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