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  • 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.

  • Concerns Emerge Over ITunes User Data Tuesday, 5 Jun 2007 | 3:21 AM ET

    Apple's recent rollout of songs without copy protection software at its iTunes Store has given consumers new flexibility, but questions have emerged over the company's inclusion of personal data in purchased music tracks.

  • CNBC Power Lunch Video: Google Street View Debate Friday, 1 Jun 2007 | 2:03 PM ET

    CNBC Power Lunch Video: Google Street View Debate

  • This is a portion of the text of an email sent by a Google representative in response to On the Money's request for an interview for its May 31 report on privacy concerns over "Street View."

  • Officials advising the European Union on privacy policy have sent a letter to Google asking it to explain why it keeps information on internet searches for up to two years, the Financial Times reported without citing sources.

  • Google Earnings Preview Thursday, 19 Apr 2007 | 12:15 PM ET

    The big week in Internet earnings reaches a crescendo this afternoon when Google reports earnings. These numbers come at a fascinating time in the company's history.Google has become a kind of financial underdog, compared to other big names in the sector, including Yahoo, which is still licking its wounds, and eBay, which is enjoying its second beat-and-raise quarter in a row. A strange position to be in for a company trading at nearly $500 a share.

  • Big Box, Big Brother? Wal-Mart Accused Of Snooping Thursday, 5 Apr 2007 | 9:07 AM ET
    WalMart

    The Wall Street Journal reported that a Wal-Mart employee was fired for recording phone calls with a New York Times reporter last month. And now, the man claims he was part of a more elaborate corporate espionage scheme. Labor and privacy experts joined “Street Signs” to analyze the case. David Garland, co-chair of the employment and labor group at Sills Cummis, explained to CNBC's Erin Burnett that at times, employees will go too far when snooping for the company...

  • Online Buying: "Eating Up" Your Privacy?    Friday, 15 Dec 2006 | 2:11 PM ET

    More and more people are doing their shopping online. And marketers have developed sophisticated ways of tracking your tastes and collecting your data. Is this a high tech "cookie" crusade that threatens to crumble your privacy? Or do cookies spark competition with retailers using the information to win your business?