May 14, 2011 |
Walt Disney Co. has agreed to pay $3 million to settle charges that online virtual worlds once operated by its Playdom games division violated federal rules designed to protect the safety and privacy of children younger than 13 on the Internet. The Federal Trade Commission charged that several sites, including one online virtual world targeting children called Pony Stars, illegally collected and disclosed personal information from thousands of children, in violation of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act. Some 821,000 children registered with Pony Stars from 2006 to 2010, according to the FTC. An additional 403,000 children provided their information to some of the 19 other virtual worlds operated by Playdom, including 2 Moons, 9 Dragons and My Diva Doll.
January 1, 2010 |
The White House nominee to lead the Transportation Security Administration gave Congress misleading information about incidents in which he inappropriately accessed a federal database, possibly in violation of privacy laws, documents obtained by the Washington Post show. The disclosure comes as pressure builds from Democrats on Capitol Hill for a quick January confirmation of Erroll Southers, whose nomination has been held up by GOP opponents. In the aftermath of an attempted airline bombing on Christmas Day, calls have intensified for lawmakers to install permanent leadership at the TSA, a crucial agency in enforcing airline security.
August 27, 2008
Re "Is the FBI investigating Delgadillo?," Opinion, Aug. 20 In his article criticizing the FBI's practice of "refusing to confirm or deny" the existence of pending investigations, Times columnist Tim Rutten fails to appreciate the logic behind this long-standing policy. The policy exists not, as Rutten seems to suggest, to stonewall a free press or to keep information from the public, but to preserve the integrity of ongoing investigations and/or to mitigate prejudice to subjects of investigation -- subjects that may or may not ultimately be charged with a crime.
May 26, 2000 |
An internal investigation by the Defense Department has concluded that two Pentagon officials violated the privacy rights of Linda Tripp, the employee who instigated the Monica S. Lewinsky scandal, when they released details from Tripp's confidential personnel file two years ago.
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August 14, 1998
Re "FBI and CIA: Open Up," editorial, July 21: On April 17, 1995, President Clinton signed Executive Order 12958 on classified national security information. The executive order expressly allowed for agency heads to exempt from automatic declassification any specific files where the release of information contained in that series would almost invariably violate a statute. The wholesale release of information by the FBI would inevitably violate provisions of the federal Privacy Act of 1974.
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October 3, 1997 |
A potential barrier to confirming the citizenship of voters in last year's 46th Congressional District election was lifted Thursday when federal officials gave Secretary of State Bill Jones the go-ahead to complete the verification process. Immigration and Naturalization Service Commissioner Doris Meissner told Jones by letter that his office can proceed because remaining federal privacy concerns can be resolved about the use and disclosure of INS information.