February 12, 2012 |
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.
February 10, 2012 |
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July 12, 2011 |
Groupon Inc. is changing its privacy policies to allow it to collect more information as it offers more deals targeted to users based on their locations. The Chicago deal site announced the changes in an email to its 83 million subscribers Sunday, saying that the new policies are part of an effort to provide greater transparency about the way it handles private information about users. The announcements come as the company seeks to go public and on the heels of its launch of Groupon Now, a mobile service that provides instant deals based on a user's location.
April 19, 2011 |
Yahoo Inc. said it would begin keeping records of its users' search engine queries for at least 18 months, abandoning an earlier policy in which it kept data for much shorter periods. The retention of search term histories, which can encompass personal topics such as medical conditions or financial issues, has long been a tense topic in debates over digital privacy. Yahoo said Monday that the decision was made to keep pace with online competitors. "Over the past several years it's clear that the Internet has changed, our business has changed, and the competitive landscape has changed," Anne Toth, a policy executive at Yahoo, wrote in a blog post.
April 2, 2011
When Google launched Google Buzz last year in a bid to challenge Facebook and Twitter, it drew an angry backlash from consumers and privacy advocates who complained that the company had disclosed potentially sensitive personal information about users without their knowledge. That misstep, which Google quickly corrected, has now turned into a step forward for consumer privacy. The Federal Trade Commission announced Wednesday that it had reached an agreement with Google that establishes two important new principles about what companies must do before disclosing their customers' personal details.
March 31, 2011 |
With social networking emerging as the most potent force on the Internet, federal regulators are moving to limit how companies can exploit personal information. Google Inc. just became Exhibit A. In a settlement hailed as the first of its kind, the Federal Trade Commission said Google had agreed to strict new measures to protect the privacy of its users. Moreover, the company agreed to submit to independent audits for the next 20 years to ensure that it is following the rules.
September 16, 2010 |
Google Inc. fired a software engineer for snooping on its users' private information, the Internet search giant confirmed Wednesday. The 27-year-old employee, David Barksdale, allegedly accessed information about four teenagers he met through a Seattle technology group, according to gossip website Gawker, which reported the incident Tuesday. Barksdale, a self-described hacker whose job was to maintain and troubleshoot Google sites, had access to users' personal accounts and information, Gawker reported.