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  • Officials Defend Intimate Airport Security Methods Monday, 15 Nov 2010 | 8:46 AM ET

    Officials are defending new anti-terrorism security procedures at the nation's airports that some travelers complain are overly invasive and intimate.

  • Google Was in 'Significant Breach' of UK Data Law Wednesday, 3 Nov 2010 | 8:11 AM ET
    The camera of a German Google Street View car

    Google violated Britain's data protection laws when its Street View mapping service recorded data from private wireless networks, the country's information commissioner said Wednesday.

  • US Wants to Make It Easier to Wiretap the Internet Monday, 27 Sep 2010 | 8:59 AM ET

    Federal law enforcement and national security officials are preparing to seek sweeping new regulations for the Internet, arguing that their ability to wiretap criminal and terrorism suspects is “going dark” as people increasingly communicate online instead of by telephone.

  • Why Germans Want out of Google's Street View Saturday, 14 Aug 2010 | 6:30 AM ET
    Reichstag Parliment building, Berlin, Germany

    From next week, German households have four weeks to request to be deleted from Google's mapping service Street View; and there are signs that many of them will, amid worries about privacy and still-fresh memories of secret police surveillance.

  • For E-Data, Tug Grows Over Privacy vs. Security Tuesday, 3 Aug 2010 | 10:21 AM ET
    Blackberry, Dubai

    The threat by the United Arab Emirates to shut down mobile services on BlackBerrys like e-mail and text messaging underscores a growing tension between communications companies and governments over how to balance privacy with national security. The NYT reports.

  • Connecticut Probes Google's Use of Private Data Monday, 7 Jun 2010 | 1:08 PM ET

    Connecticut's attorney general says he's investigating whether Google illegally collected data from personal and business wireless computer networks for its mapping service.

  • Price of Facebook Privacy? Start Clicking Thursday, 13 May 2010 | 11:47 AM ET
    Facebook

    Which is longer, the United States Constitution or Facebook’s Privacy Policy? If you guessed the latter, you’re right.

  • Facebook Bug Exposed Users' Private Chat Messages Wednesday, 5 May 2010 | 3:58 PM ET

    Facebook is trying to fix a glitch that was exposing users' private chats to some of their friends on the social media site, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

  • For Web’s New Wave, Sharing Details Is the Point Friday, 23 Apr 2010 | 11:12 AM ET
    Blippy

    A wave of Web start-ups aims to help people indulge their urge to divulge — from sites like Blippy, which Mr. Brooks used to broadcast news of what he bought, to Foursquare, a mobile social network that allows people to announce their precise location to the world, to Skimble, an iPhone application that people use to reveal, say, how many push-ups they are doing and how long they spend in yoga class.

  • Twitter Hacker Says He Did It For Thrills, Challenge Thursday, 25 Mar 2010 | 11:51 AM ET

    He's 24, unemployed and has no specialized computer skills. Using sheer wit and persistence, the Frenchman managed to infiltrate Twitter administrators' accounts and post confidential company documents online, a prosecutor said Thursday.

  • How Privacy Vanishes Online Wednesday, 17 Mar 2010 | 11:46 AM ET

    If a stranger came up to you on the street, would you give him your name, Social Security number and e-mail address?

  • High Court Question: Is Workplace Texting Private? Monday, 14 Dec 2009 | 10:33 AM ET

    The Supreme Court says it will decide how much privacy workers have when they send text messages from company accounts.

  • Evolution of Web Ads: Social Media's New Challenge Thursday, 30 Jul 2009 | 11:35 AM ET
    The third-party ad on Facebook using Cheryl Smith's image.

    Peter Smith was browsing Facebook a couple of weeks ago when he stumbled upon an ad for hot singles. That's not unusual on social networking sites like Facebook, but what was unusual was the picture of the woman in the ad. It was his wife, Cheryl.

  • YouTube Data Court Order Fans Privacy Fears Friday, 4 Jul 2008 | 6:28 AM ET

    A U.S. judge's order to Google to turn over YouTube user data to Viacom sparked an outcry Thursday from privacy advocates in the midst of a legal showdown over video piracy.

  • Internet Ad Self-Regulation Isn't Working, FTC Says Monday, 5 Nov 2007 | 12:59 PM ET

    Internet advertisers have fallen short of promised self-regulation in respecting Internet users' privacy, a Federal Trade Commission official said, even as one firm, Tacoda, said it decided to refrain from collecting some sensitive information.

  • Gap: Laptop with Job Seekers' Data Stolen Sunday, 30 Sep 2007 | 11:47 AM ET

    Clothing retailer Gap  said Friday an unencrypted computer containing the Social Security numbers of about 800,000 job applicants was stolen from a vendor it used to manage that data.

  • Lack of Online Privacy can be a Good Thing Thursday, 16 Aug 2007 | 4:13 PM ET

    Everyone gripes about the fact that there's no privacy online and Web surfers' personal information is exploited. But sometimes our actions online should be transparent -- there needs to be some accountability in this world of Wikis, where users are counted on to police inaccuracies and update news.

  • A group of reporters and their family members whose private telephone records were secretly obtained as part of Hewlett-Packard's boardroom surveillance scheme sued the technology giant and two former executives.

  • Google Limits Data Retention in Compromise with EU Tuesday, 12 Jun 2007 | 4:38 AM ET

    Google is scaling back how long it keeps personally identifiable data accumulated from its Web users, seeking to mollify a European Union watchdog that has questioned its privacy policies.

  • Google's privacy practices are the worst among the Internet's top destinations, according to a watchdog group seeking to intensify the recent focus on how the online search leader handles personal information about its users.