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BUSINESS
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.
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BUSINESS
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.
NATIONAL
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.
NEWS
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.
BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
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."
NATIONAL
September 20, 2003 | From Associated Press
Violating its own privacy policy, JetBlue Airways gave 5 million passenger itineraries to a Defense Department contractor that used the information as part of a study seeking ways to identify "high risk" airline customers. The study, produced by Torch Concepts of Huntsville, Ala., was titled "Homeland Security: Airline Passenger Risk Assessment."
BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
June 8, 2011
A privacy-rights group said it plans to file a complaint with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission over Facebook Inc.'s facial-recognition feature for photo tagging. The Electronic Privacy Information Center, based in Washington, is working on the complaint and will present it to the agency today or tomorrow, Marc Rotenberg, the group's executive director, said in an interview. Other privacy and consumer groups plan to sign onto the complaint, Rotenberg said, declining to identify them.
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