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  • Google

    Google’s harvesting of e-mails, passwords and other sensitive personal information from unsuspecting households in the United States and around the world was neither a mistake nor the work of a rogue engineer, as the company long maintained, but a program that supervisors knew about, according to new details from the full text of a regulatory report. NYT reports.

  • Facebook Apps Rated on Privacy Protection Monday, 23 Apr 2012 | 1:43 PM ET
    Facebook

    A new service that grades how each of Facebook's top third-party apps respects consumers' privacy was released late Sunday by research firm PrivacyChoice.

  • Maryland Passes Facebook Password Protection Bill Friday, 20 Apr 2012 | 10:33 AM ET
    Mark Zuckerberg

    Maryland is poised to become the first state to ban employers from demanding applicants or workers hand over their log-in information for social media sites like Facebook.

  • Highlight App May Tell Others Too Much About You Wednesday, 21 Mar 2012 | 12:50 PM ET
    Highlight App

    We used to leave it to fate. You'd bump into a stranger somewhere, start up a conversation, and only then discover shared interests in Curb Your Enthusiasm, Asian cuisine, thermonuclear physics. As you talked more, you discovered you knew some of the same people. Before long you were doing business together or maybe even kindling a romance.

  • Jobseekers Get Asked for Facebook Passwords Tuesday, 20 Mar 2012 | 7:39 AM ET
    Facebook Timeline

    Questions have been raised about the legality of the practice, which is also the focus of proposed legislation in Illinois and Maryland that would forbid public agencies from asking for access to social networks.

  • Chapter 4: Friends Indeed Friday, 16 Mar 2012 | 11:33 AM ET
    Mark Zuckerberg

    Always connected and always online: welcome to the social supercloud. The Facebook era of social networking is changing the notion of friendship and collaboration in several ways.

  • Facebook

    Privacy settings on Facebook and Twitter may not be enough to keep employers or universities from viewing your private posts.

  • Apple Loophole Gives Developers Access to Photos Wednesday, 29 Feb 2012 | 9:52 AM ET
    Apple's iPhone 3Gs

    The private photos on your phone may not be as private as you think.

  • Susan Molinari Named Google's Lobbyist in Washington Thursday, 23 Feb 2012 | 3:58 PM ET
    Google

    Google has named Susan Molinari, a former Republican congresswoman from New York, as the company's new representative in its Washington office.

  • Will Google's new privacy policy lead to the end of anonymity on the Internet? CNBC's Jon Fortt, weighs in. Also, Twitter's new "micro-censorship" policy, with CNBC's Julia Boorstin.

  • Europe Weighs Tough Law on Online Privacy Tuesday, 24 Jan 2012 | 6:06 AM ET

    Europe is considering a sweeping new law that would force Internet companies like Amazon.com and Facebook to obtain explicit consent from consumers about the use of their personal data, delete that data forever at the consumer’s request and face fines for failing to comply. The New York Times reports

  • Google Tackles Online Privacy in Unusual Ad Blitz Tuesday, 17 Jan 2012 | 8:37 AM ET

    Google is focusing on the importance of protecting personal information in an unusual marketing campaign for a company that has been blasted for its own online privacy lapses and practices.

  • New US Law-Enforcement Tool: Facebook Searches Tuesday, 12 Jul 2011 | 12:33 PM ET

    New US Law-Enforcement Tool: Facebook Searches

  • Facebook Admits Secret PR Move Against Google Friday, 13 May 2011 | 12:56 AM ET
    Mark Zuckerberg

    Facebook has admitted that it secretly hired a public-relations group in the US with the aim of generating stories critical of Google's approach to privacy.

  • Privacy Invasion Blame Game Wednesday, 11 May 2011 | 9:57 AM ET

    The issue of mobile phone privacy reverberated in the halls of Congress Tuesday when Senator Al Franken (D-Minn), Chairman of the new privacy and technology subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee, heard testimony from both Apple and Google to get the 411 on just how much information has been collected.

  • Too Much Information?  Thursday, 5 May 2011 | 2:40 PM ET

    Weighing in on Google's latest attempt to break into the world of social networking and invasion of privacy, with Noah Kravitz, TechnoBuffalo and Michael Fertik, Reputation.com

  • A Privacy Warning for Smartphone Users Wednesday, 4 May 2011 | 4:29 PM ET

    In today's high-tech age, your smartphone can be your concierge, navigator, websurfing device and of course a phone. Your gaming devices, are a conduit where you can communicate with other gamers all over the world as well as order movies. But with this "freedom" and "technological advances" your privacy could be in jeopardy.

  • Big Brother's iSpy  Thursday, 21 Apr 2011 | 2:10 PM ET

    Is your iPad spying on you? A disturbing new report claims the new iPhone or iPad is tracking your every move. Weighing in on the pros and cons are George Spatz, McGuire Woods attorney; Brian Chen, Wired reporter; and CNBC's Simon Hobbs.

  • Right to Disappear Online?  Monday, 18 Apr 2011 | 10:41 AM ET

    The moment you put your personal data - or a photograph - on Facebook or Twitter - it instantly no longer belongs to you. But do you have the right to "disappear" online? CNBC's Simon Hobbs, and Carlos Moreira, Wisekey CEO discuss.

  • After Breach, Companies Warn of E-Mail Fraud Tuesday, 5 Apr 2011 | 8:44 AM ET

    Security experts said Monday that millions of people were at increased risk of e-mail swindles after a giant security breach at an online marketing firm. The New York Times reports.