April 4, 2007 |
The Federal Communications Commission told phone companies that they must require customers to provide a password to access their records by telephone, a move meant to discourage fraud. Phone companies, including those that use Internet-based calling technology, must also ask permission before transferring customer information to another company, the FCC said Monday. USTelecom, an industry trade group, said the requirements would increase costs.
December 13, 1999 |
When America Online has a problem, it's bad news for the service's 19 million members. But it's great news for rival Internet service provider EarthLink Network, which tailors its marketing pitches to appeal to disaffected AOL users. Last week, AOL gave EarthLink new ammunition by declaring that its customers would begin receiving pop-up ads--widely considered a nuisance--unless they made a special request to opt out of them. Even AOL members who previously told the Dulles, Va.
February 9, 2012 |
April 19, 2012 |
The Electronic Privacy Information Center is demanding that the U.S. Federal Communications Commission release the complete report on its Google Street View investigation. The Washington advocacy group has filed a Freedom of Information Act request to see the full 25-page report . The version that the FCC released last Friday was heavily redacted. The FCC has proposed imposing a $25,000 fine on Google for stonewalling its investigators about how its street-mapping service collected and stored personal data including names, email addresses, text messages and passwords from unprotected wireless networks.
May 18, 2011 |
Sitting in the stands at Dodger Stadium, Steve Bergmann began checking out nearby women he might hit on. But his eyes weren't scanning the seats — they were fixed on his smartphone. Bergmann tapped into an app that uses GPS to locate prospective dates in the vicinity. He scrolled through photos and profiles till one young woman caught his eye, then shot her an instant message. Half an hour later, Bergmann and Meg Riely, both 25, were sipping beers together at a concession stand.
December 4, 2012 |
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.
August 21, 2011 |
Picture this: You stop in front of a digital advertising display at a mall and suddenly an ad pops up touting makeup, followed by one for shoes and then one for butter pecan ice cream. It seems to know you're a woman in your late 20s and, in fact, it does. When you looked at the display, it scanned your facial features and tailored its messages to you. Once the stuff of science fiction and high-tech crime fighting, facial recognition technology has become one of the newest tools in marketing, even though privacy concerns abound.
March 30, 2011 |
The radiation doses emitted by the most common walk-through airport scanners are extremely small and pose no significant health risk, according to a new report by a UC San Francisco radiology specialist. Still, Dr. Rebecca Smith-Bindman, a professor at the university's radiology and biomedical imaging department, recommends more independent testing to ensure the scanners are operating as designed. The report published Monday in the Archives of Internal Medicine comes in response to opposition from privacy rights groups such as the Electronic Privacy Information Center to the use of full-body scanners.
November 18, 2000 |
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.
July 16, 2011 |
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.