July 31, 2010 |
In the United States, Google Inc. is defending itself against lawsuits, a congressional probe and a 37-state investigation over personal information the Internet giant collected from unsecured wireless networks while assembling photos and data for its Street View mapping service. But Great Britain's data protection watchdog says that its review of the information collected by Google found that it included only fragments and no "meaningful personal details that could be linked to an identifiable person."
July 20, 2010 |
Apple Inc. acknowledged Monday that it collects batches of precise user location data from owners of its mobile and computer products but said that users can keep themselves from being part of the data collection. In a response to questions about its data collection practices from two congressmen, the Cupertino, Calif., company said users can turn off services that record their location, and noted that the information it collects is not directly linked to users' names or individual devices.
June 22, 2010 |
More than 30 states are considering pooling resources to investigate whether Google Inc. illegally tapped private information from unsecured wireless networks while collecting photos and data for its popular Street View feature. Connecticut Atty. Gen. Richard Blumenthal said Monday that he was leading the multi-state probe, which will also look at how personal information, including e-mails and passwords, were collected and why the data were retained. "Street View cannot mean Complete View — invading home and business computer networks and vacuuming up personal information and communications," Blumenthal said in a statement.
June 8, 2010 |
Connecticut's top prosecutor has asked Google Inc. to provide detailed records on any information it may have collected from unsecured wireless networks in his state while taking photographs for its Street View feature. Atty. Gen. Richard Blumenthal announced Monday that he'd sent a letter to the Internet giant demanding detailed records on what information was captured by the roving vehicles that take photos for the mapping service and how that information was used. "Drive-by data sweeps of unsecured Wi-Fi networks here would be deeply disturbing, a potentially impermissible, pernicious invasion of privacy," Blumenthal said in a statement.
July 10, 2008
Viacom's billion-dollar lawsuit against Google's YouTube has enormous implications for the flow of information online. At stake is the degree to which websites will have to monitor and restrict the material that users post for others to peruse -- a community approach to content that's at the heart of social media sites such as YouTube, MySpace and Facebook. But last week, a pretrial ruling in the case caused a furor for reasons that had nothing to do with copyrights.
September 26, 2007
Is your privacy threatened if your cellphone monitors your movements but doesn't record them? What if a computer listens in on your conversations but doesn't tell a human what you said? These are the kinds of questions raised by an emerging group of services that sell the information new technologies collect about the people who use them. For example, some businesses want to tell advertisers the location of participating cellphone users.
September 22, 2007 |
washington -- The U.S. government is collecting electronic records on the travel habits of millions of Americans who fly, drive or take cruises abroad, retaining data on the people with whom they travel or plan to stay, the personal items they carry during their journeys, and the books that travelers have carried, according to documents obtained by a group of civil liberties advocates and statements by government officials.
June 14, 2007 |
The FBI is warning its agents to carefully review all personal data collected from Americans in terrorism investigations before it is uploaded into FBI databases to protect the subjects' privacy rights and to make sure only requested information is used. The warning came in draft FBI guidelines made public Wednesday to be issued to correct abuses of so-called national security letters that were revealed in a Justice Department audit three months ago.
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April 11, 2007 |
Crystal meth use among gay men has spiked since 2005, according to preliminary data collected by a Los Angeles nonprofit agency, with those using the drug in the last year five times more likely to test positive for HIV. Of the 6,360 gay men the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center tested for HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases last year, one in four reported using the drug at least once.
March 15, 2006 |
Justice Department lawyers on Tuesday dramatically scaled back their demand for information about Google Inc. search queries -- a major concession in a closely watched case with ramifications for online privacy. But in a blow to privacy advocates, the federal judge overseeing the case said he would probably order the Internet search giant to hand over at least some of the data sought by the government.