October 17, 2013 |
LONDON - Confronted with mounting concern over possible violation of civil liberties, lawmakers in Britain said Thursday for the first time that they would hear evidence from the public in their examination of the mass spying conducted by American and British national security authorities. Malcolm Rifkind, head of Parliament's intelligence committee, acknowledged that laws regulating surveillance were written mostly before the development of technology that allows governments to collect vast amounts of electronic data on ordinary people.
October 16, 2013 |
September 30, 2013 |
The same day the FBI released video showing Aaron Alexis hunting down people in the halls of the Washington Navy Yard, Connecticut law enforcement officials were defending their refusal to make public 911 recordings from December's Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. The Connecticut officials lost; the state's Freedom of Information Commission on Wednesday ordered the state's attorney in Danbury, Stephen Sedensky III, to release the recordings. But Sedensky plans to appeal, promising to extend a legal battle that has raised the question of when the public's right to know supersedes the need for sensitivity toward victims' families -- especially when the victims were young children gunned down in their classrooms.
September 27, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- French regulators have begun formal proceedings to impose sanctions on Google for violating European privacy law, which could lead to millions of euros in fines, one in a series of setbacks on the privacy front for the search giant. France's data protection agency, the Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertes, said in a statement Friday that Google had not complied with an order to change how it handles users' data. French regulators in June gave Google three months to make the changes to its privacy policies.
September 17, 2013 |
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 2013 |
Hoover High School junior Christopher Chung learned while scrolling through Facebook that his school was monitoring students' online activities. Christopher saw an article posted by a friend about the Glendale Unified School District hiring a company to screen students' social media posts. The school district had been doing so for about a year. "I heard rumors that GUSD was doing a little bit of monitoring - but nothing as official as this," he said. "The only way students were finding out about it was through social media.
September 12, 2013 |
CVS Caremark insists that it's just complying with federal law by informing customers that their medical information could be "redisclosed" if they sign up for the company's prescription-drug reward program. Privacy experts, though, question whether CVS is complying with state law. "California's privacy law is stricter than federal law," said Charles Googooian, a La Canada Flintridge lawyer who specializes in medical-privacy issues. "It doesn't seem like CVS is complying with either the spirit or the letter of state law. " CVS has been scrambling to defend its ExtraCare Pharmacy & Health Rewards program since I recently reported that customers are being required to give up important federal privacy safeguards in return for up to $50 a year in store credits.
September 5, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- In a world where conventional wisdom is that advertisements -- no matter how annoying or distracting -- must permeate every online moment to afford people access to free services, Dave Morin has very deliberately taken his own path. It couldn't be more different than the path followed by his former company, Facebook Inc., which has won back the confidence of investors and a market value that tops $100 billion by selling ever more ads on mobile devices. Morin has pledged he will never run ads on Path, the mobile-only social network for sharing your private, intimate moments with close friends and family members that he co-founded in 2010.
September 5, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Do Americans care about their online privacy? More and more. As they share more personal information on social networks and other online services, they are hankering for better control over who has access to that stockpile of intimate and telling details about their shopping habits, medical records and family photos. PHOTOS: Biggest tech flops of 2013 -- so far So says a new survey from the Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project.
September 5, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Facebook will not roll out controversial changes to its policies until next week, the giant social network said Thursday. Six consumer watchdog groups have asked the Federal Trade Commission to block the changes that they say would make it far easier for the company to use the names, images and personal information of its nearly 1.2 billion users -- including teens -- to endorse products in ads without their consent. "We are taking the time to ensure that user comments are reviewed and taken into consideration to determine whether further updates are necessary and we expect to finalize the process in the coming week," Facebook said in an emailed statement.