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July 12, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Bank of America Corp. agreed to pay $14 million to resolve claims that it improperly disclosed customer information to marketers and third parties without permission. The bank will pay $10.75 million to 35 million checking and savings customers nationwide and to credit card customers in California and $3.25 million to finance privacy projects, said Shirley Norton, a spokeswoman for the bank. BofA did not admit wrongdoing in the accord.
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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
April 25, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
With the advent of Google Drive, we talk about cloud computing as if the bits and bytes of our lives are stored somewhere up in the air, but, really, the "clouds" are very terrestrial. What's more up in the air are the laws that govern who can access your stuff and how. Originally a way for geeks to explain to the rest of us the notion of remote servers storing and serving up content, cloud computing can be defined several different ways, depending on whom you ask. In some ways, even email is a form of cloud computing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 2000
William Kennard, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, believes there are "powerful market incentives" for online companies to develop strong policies on Internet privacy. That would seem logical, considering the obvious concerns of Web companies' customers about online privacy. Yet, perversely, self-regulation has been a huge disappointment.
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
August 27, 2010 | David Lazarus
You've probably heard it a thousand times: There's no free lunch. But sometimes it helps to get a little reminder. And so we turn our attention to e-mails making the rounds from something called BestShoppingRewards. The company has a variety of come-ons, all basically structured the same. The e-mail I'm looking at says, "Vote for your favorite item at McDonald's and get a FREE $50 McDonald's Gift Card!" When I visited the BestShoppingRewards website the other day, the pitch was for a "FREE $500 Visa Gift Card!"
BUSINESS
July 5, 2008 | Chris Gaither, Times Staff Writer
Google Inc. has made peace with privacy advocates over one of its policies, and it did so without cluttering up its famously sparse home page. The Web search giant had drawn criticism for its refusal to include a link to its privacy policy on Google.com. Some groups called that a violation of state law. The Mountain View, Calif.-based company responded that it didn't think the link was necessary because its privacy policy was "readily accessible" to those looking for it. It can be found, among other places, on its About page, which is linked to Google.
BUSINESS
February 15, 2012 | By David Sarno, Los Angeles Times
Twitter Inc. said that to help users find friends also using the service, it retrieves entire address book from users' smartphones, including names, email addresses and phone numbers, and keeps the data on its servers for 18 months. After questions about the practice, the company said it plans to update its apps to clarify that user contacts are being stored. Twitter's privacy policy does not explicitly disclose that the company downloads and stores user address books. The policy does say that Twitter users "may customize your account with information such as … your address book so that we can help you find Twitter users you know.
BUSINESS
July 31, 2012 | David Lazarus
California has some of the nation's toughest privacy laws. Even so, millions of state residents struggle daily with identity theft, online security breaches and control of their personal information. Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris recognized the problem and has created a new Privacy Enforcement and Protection Unit within her office to get tougher on those who would trespass on people's right to be left alone. Whether a new layer of bureaucracy will actually change anything remains to be seen.
BUSINESS
April 27, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
Most cloud-service privacy policies address how they deal with your personal information and data about your usage, but less clear is whether they would tell you when and if law enforcement sought access to your files residing on their servers. As the virtual reality online storage wars gear up, many consumers and privacy advocates have expressed concern about the policies that will be applied to the content that they would be moving into remote servers. All of the services include a clause expressing that they will act in accordance with legal requests for data.
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