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April 25, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
As the spotlight is more prominently focused on the clouds, such as Google Drive, the era of being able to mindlessly click "OK" or "Agree" is over. When your stuff is stored on your computer at home, you alone are responsible for keeping it safe, secure and backed up. Your roof, your rules. But when you shift from local storage to remote, you live by terms set by someone else -- and it's best to read them. This is true for any cloud service, not just with Google. First, there are two sets of word-dense documents you need to read before marrying yourself to a cloud-service: the privacy policy and the terms of service.
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BUSINESS
April 2, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Europe's biggest data protection authorities say they are taking steps to press Google Inc. to comply with European Union privacy rules and could impose fines if the Internet giant fails to do so. France's CNIL data protection agency said that authorities from France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands are frustrated with Google for not fixing what they say are flaws in its privacy policy. The move comes after a probe led by CNIL that concluded that Google had not given users enough information about how their personal information was being used across its various services.
BUSINESS
October 30, 2012 | By Jessica Guynn, This story has been updated, as indicated below.
California Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris this week began putting top mobile app makers on notice that they will be held accountable for how they handle Californians' personal information. The state's top cop has sent out notices to 100 mobile apps that don't have a written privacy policy posted on their mobile apps that explains what information the app collects and shares. Harris initially targeted the most popular mobile apps, among them Open Table and apps for Delta and United Airlines.
BUSINESS
September 17, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- A coalition of more than 20 public health, youth and consumer groups that advocate for the health and welfare of teens are raising concerns about the potential negative effects of proposed changes to Facebook's privacy policy and are calling on the Federal Trade Commission to block the changes. The American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Collaboration for Youth, Pediatrics Now and Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity are among those groups objecting to new language under which parents or legal guardians would automatically give their permission for Facebook to use the name, image and personal information of teens in advertisements on the service.
BUSINESS
February 12, 2012 | By James Rainey
Traditional media outlets “have had little success” getting advertisers to move from their legacy businesses to their online news sites and relatively few of the ads they create for the Web are targeted to customers based on their interests, according to a new study by the Project for Excellence in Journalism. The struggle of traditional news organizations to adapt to the online world “throws into question the financial future of journalism as audiences continue to migrate online,” according to the group, an arm of the Pew Research Center.
BUSINESS
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...
BUSINESS
March 9, 2012 | By Jessica Guynn
Privacy, schmivacy -- though not entirely without jitters. Google still reigns supreme as the go-to search engine, even if people are bit nervous about how it collects data and targets ads. A survey from Pew Internet & American Life Project found that 83% of people who use search engines in the U.S. prefer Google, up from 47% in 2004. Yahoo came in second at 6%. Nine in 10 Americans who use search engines say they find the information they are seeking and nearly as many say they learn something new or important that increased their knowledge.
NATIONAL
March 20, 2013 | By Brian Bennett, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - As federal authorities accelerate plans to license thousands of surveillance drones over U.S. soil by late 2015, some legal experts and lawmakers are warning that unmanned aircraft could threaten privacy on an unparalleled scale. An opening shot in an expected battle to limit use of domestic drones came Wednesday when 24 civil liberties and privacy organizations submitted a formal petition to U.S. Customs and Border Protection demanding that the agency stop flying 10 unarmed Predator drones along the Mexican and Canadian borders until clear guidelines are established.
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