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November 18, 2000 | From Associated Press
The FBI's controversial e-mail surveillance tool, known as Carnivore, can retrieve all communication that goes through an Internet service--far more than FBI officials have said it does--a recent test of its potential sweep found, according to bureau documents. An FBI official involved with the test stressed Friday that, although Carnivore has the ability to grab a large quantity of e-mails and Web communication, current law and specific court orders restrict its use.
September 4, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Privacy watchdogs are asking federal regulators to block proposed changes to Facebook policies that they say would allow the company to use the names and images of its nearly 1.2 billion users without their consent to endorse products in ads. In a letter to the Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday, the Electronic Privacy Information Center and five other consumer groups said the changes would permit Facebook "to routinely use...
July 16, 2011 | By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
A U.S. appeals court rejected a constitutional challenge to the government's use of body-imaging scanners at the nation's airports, ruling that the need to detect hidden explosives outweighs the privacy rights of travelers. The 3-0 decision announced Friday noted that passengers may avoid the scans by opting to undergo a pat-down by a screening agent. But since the body scanners became standard last year, more than 98% of air travelers have chosen to step into a machine, raise their arms and pose for "advanced imaging," the Transportation Security Administration said.
December 4, 2012 | By Jessica Guynn
Twenty-four hours after Facebook opened the polls , more than 100,000 users have cast their votes 10 to 1 against Facebook's proposed changes to its policies. That includes a proposal that would do away with Facebook users' right to vote on future changes. Hoping to get out the vote, the Electronic Privacy Information Center and the Center for Digital Democracy have joined forces with Facebook critic Julius Harper. They say they are campaigning to raise awareness about the vote.
September 5, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Facebook will not roll out controversial changes to its policies until next week, the giant social network said Thursday. Six consumer watchdog groups have asked the Federal Trade Commission to block the changes that  they say would make it far easier for the company to use the names, images and personal information of its nearly 1.2 billion users -- including teens -- to endorse products in ads without their consent. "We are taking the time to ensure that user comments are reviewed and taken into consideration to determine whether further updates are necessary and we expect to finalize the process in the coming week," Facebook said in an emailed statement.
August 4, 2000 | From Associated Press
Atty. Gen. Janet Reno said Thursday she will accelerate a promised review of the FBI's e-mail surveillance system and do everything she can to calm privacy advocates' worries about it. In a weekly media briefing, Reno reiterated that she will have an independent panel of experts critique the inner workings of "Carnivore," the FBI's system.
February 17, 1999 | From Reuters
Intel Corp. today will unveil the latest version of its popular personal computer microprocessor, the Pentium III, featuring improved multimedia functions and a security feature that has prompted a boycott by privacy groups.
June 2, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
The "nude scanners" are gone. The full-body scanners that used X-rays to create what looks like a nude image of passengers have been packed away and removed from airports across the country. The 250 or so machines were removed about two weeks ago, before the June 1 deadline set by Congress. But privacy advocates aren't satisfied, noting that the Transportation Security Administration is still using full-body scanners that employ a different technology. "They've never made a case that these scanners are better than using metal detectors or swabs to detect the use of explosives," said Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, a research center that sued the TSA in 2010 over the use of all full-body scanners.
August 27, 1997 | From Reuters
While the Clinton administration is pressuring companies with Internet sites to respect the privacy of surfers on the World Wide Web, a survey found the government itself is far from perfect regarding this issue. Almost half of the 70 Internet sites run by federal agencies collect data about visitors, but most disclose nothing about how the information will be used, according to the survey being released today by OMB Watch.
December 15, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The head of the Federal Trade Commission said Friday that she wouldn't remove herself from an antitrust review of Google Inc.'s purchase of online advertising company DoubleClick Inc., rebuffing requests from privacy groups opposed to the transaction. Deborah Platt Majoras, chairwoman of the FTC, said she had reviewed a petition from the groups with the agency's ethics official and other staff and determined that "the relevant laws and rules . . . neither require nor support recusal."
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