January 6, 2008 |
Individual privacy is under threat around the world as governments continue to introduce surveillance and information-gathering measures, according to an international rights group. Although privacy is improving in the former communist states of Eastern Europe, it is worsening across Western Europe, London-based Privacy International said. Concerns about terrorism, immigration and border security are driving the spread of identity and fingerprinting systems, it said. Greece, Romania and Canada had the best records of the 47 countries surveyed.
July 25, 2008 |
In his first public comments since allegations that he assaulted his mother and sister at a London hotel, actor Christian Bale asked for privacy Thursday. The Welsh-born actor brushed off questions about the alleged family dispute, saying he preferred to focus on the blockbuster movie "The Dark Knight," which had its premiere in Spain on Wednesday. "It's a deeply personal matter," Bale said at a news conference in Barcelona. "I would ask you to respect my privacy in the matter." The 34-year-old actor spent four hours talking to British police Tuesday after allegations he assaulted his mother and one of his three sisters in his suite at London's Dorchester Hotel two days earlier.
May 17, 2008 |
Cable company Charter Communications Inc. should delay plans to track customers' Internet use because of privacy concerns, two members of Congress said. Collecting data about Web surfing habits "raises substantial questions" about compliance with privacy law, Reps. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Joe Barton (R-Texas) said in a letter to Charter President and Chief Executive Neil Smit. Charter, which has 2.8 million Internet customers, plans to begin the service as a test project in June with "a couple of hundred" customers in four markets, a spokeswoman for the St. Louis-based company said.
December 21, 1998 |
Television actress Alyssa Milano recently won several legal skirmishes in her crusade to stop Internet sites from posting nude pictures of her. Two operators of nude celebrity Web sites have agreed to remove the pictures of Milano and settle suits she filed against them, according to Milano's attorney, Mitchell Kamarck. He declined to specify how much money the sites agreed to pay except to say that the total is "in the five figures."
December 15, 1989 |
As a child in post-World War II England, Shirley McGlade clipped a picture of movie star Jeff Chandler and put it in her wallet. That was her father, she told schoolmates--a rich American who had divorced her mother and was fighting for custody of her. "People believed me," she said. "I lived in a fantasy world."
April 8, 2013
Employers are frequently using monitoring software to make their employees more productive at work, according to an article in the Los Angeles Times, part of a series about the "Tougher Workplace. " Although the Constitution speaks of a "reasonable" expectation of privacy, this is largely not applicable at private employers. Courts are still sifting through the changes that technology has caused in the workplace and figuring out what employers can and can't do. The exchange below aims to help clarify some issues.