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NEWS
February 13, 2014 | By Patt Morrison
Finally, instead of TMZ, is America saying TMI? Too much information about a celebrity? The NBC news accounts of Philip Seymour Hoffman's “secret diaries” - two volumes found in his apartment - are getting some surprising pushback. The Times' story on the NBC exclusive cites Twitter comments about the diaries - not their contents but NBC's revealing them - as “pretty tacky that anon police are offering news orgs Philip Seymour Hoffman's diary.” And so on: “simply nauseatingly intrusive” and “just despicable.” The Times' story itself attracted a comment in the same vein: “This is a ridiculous invasion of privacy ... he did not shoot up a school, murder his wife ... he killed himself, why do they need to know what's in his diary?
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BUSINESS
August 29, 2012 | By Jessica Guynn
Consumer Watchdog is looking to get a shot at challenging Google's $22.5-million settlement with the Federal Trade Commission over alleged privacy violations. A U.S. District Court judge gave the organization the ability to challenge the settlement over allegations it misled users of Apple's Safari browser. Google has denied any wrongdoing in the case. Now Consumer Watchdog is questioning whether the FTC can settle the case without an admission of wrongdoing. It is bolstering its argument by pointing to the lone dissent of FTC Commissioner J. Thomas Rosch, who criticized the settlement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein and Richard Winton
The family of Lee Thompson Young is asking for privacy after the actor was found dead in his North Hollywood home Monday morning. Authorities responded to the home in the 5400 block of Tujunga Avenue shortly after 8 a.m. and discovered the body of the 29-year-old actor, LAPD spokeswoman Rosie Herrera said. The Los Angeles County coroner is investigating the death. A law enforcement source told The Times that the death was being investigated as a possible suicide.
BUSINESS
March 4, 1999 | GREG MILLER, technology reporter
The White House this week appointed an Ohio State University law professor to lead the administration's efforts in the increasingly thorny area of consumer privacy in the computer age. Peter Swire, regarded as a leading authority on privacy matters, was named chief counselor for privacy within the Office of Management and Budget, which oversees regulatory policy.
BUSINESS
May 16, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Months before the futuristic glasses become publicly available, Google Glass is already getting scrutiny from Capitol Hill. Eight members of Congress on Thursday sent a letter to Google Chief Executive Larry Page to ask what his company will do to protect people's privacy. The letter landed on the second day of Google's annual conference for software developers, many of whom are already wearing an early version of Google Glass. Developers paid $1,500 a pair for the Explorer prototype and are learning how to write software for the wearable computing device.
BUSINESS
August 15, 2013 | David Lazarus
Since February, CVS Caremark has been pushing its pharmacists to enroll customers in a prescription-drug rewards program. The benefit to customers is the opportunity to earn up to $50 a year in store credits that can be used to buy shampoo, toothpaste or other products. The benefit to CVS is persuading pharmacy customers, through questionable means, to give up federal privacy safeguards for their medical information and permitting the company to share people's drug purchases with others.
OPINION
May 19, 2003
Have you been to your doctor lately? Mine has asked me to read and sign a multi-page form detailing the privacy surrounding my medical records. It's presented to make it appear that our privacy is increasing, but a close read says that private medical information may now be released to law enforcement if it might help locate suspects and solve crimes. It used to be that the police needed a court order to look at your medical records. This is less privacy than before, not more. Can you spell "police state"?
NATIONAL
May 12, 2013 | By Matt Pearce, Los Angeles Times
Three Cleveland women rescued after they were abducted and held captive for about a decade thanked the public Sunday and asked for privacy. Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight issued statements that were read by a lawyer. "Thank you so much for everything you're doing and continue to do," Berry said. "I am so happy to be home with my family. " "I'm so happy to be home and want to thank everybody for all your prayers," Gina DeJesus said. "I just want time now to be with my family.
BUSINESS
July 1, 2008 | Joseph Menn
The number of publicly reported privacy breaches jumped 69% in the first six months of the year from the same period in 2007, the nonprofit Identity Theft Resource Center said. Businesses saw much of the increase, reporting 37% of the 2008 breaches, up from 29% in the first half of last year. -- -- Joseph Menn
BUSINESS
June 22, 1999 | Reuters
Privacy advocates are opposing Internet advertising firm DoubleClick Inc.'s proposed acquisition of consumer data collector Abacus Direct Corp., arguing that the merger would collect far too much personal information about consumers. The nonprofit Electronic Privacy Information Center and the privacy-oriented Web site Junkbusters said they are likely to ask regulators to block the deal if the companies proceed with the deal.
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