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Privacy

Privacy groups vow to fight Microsoft-Yahoo deal

by Shanmuga

"Privacy groups are promising a fight before U.S. regulatory agencies if Microsoft’s offer to buy Yahoo for $44.6 billion is accepted, and the deal could face significant hurdles in Europe as well. Microsoft announced that it sent an offer to Yahoo’s board of directors last Thursday, going public with the news Friday morning. Immediately, the […]

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Privacy: IP addresses could become “personal information” in Europe

by Shanmuga

"Could IP addresses soon be considered "personal information" in Europe? The question was discussed yesterday at a hearing before the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee, where European data protection authorities and privacy advocates backed the idea. Google, not surprisingly, wasn’t as thrilled.

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Privacy: Facebook faces privacy questions

by Shanmuga

"Facebook is to be quizzed about its data protection policies by the Information Commissioner’s Office. The investigation follows a complaint by a user of the social network who was unable to fully delete their profile even after terminating their account. Currently, personal information remains on Facebook’s servers even after a user deactivates an account.

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Privacy: Microsoft Wants to Be Your Big Brother

by Shanmuga

"It’s not science-fiction. It’s a real technology and it cannot be allowed to happen or privacy will vanish. In Microsoft’s vision of tomorrow’s office, according to a report in the London Times, our computers will be constantly monitoring us with wireless sensors. There’s nothing new about Big Brother software. Programs that measure how many keystrokes […]

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Privacy: FTC issues online ad privacy guidelines

by Shanmuga

"On the same day they cleared Google Inc.’s purchase of online advertiser DoubleClick, federal regulators said industry needs to be more transparent about how consumers’ Web-surfing habits are tracked.

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Privacy: Group says Ask.com privacy feature is flawed

by Shanmuga

"A group of privacy advocates is asking Ask.com to make some changes to its new AskEraser feature so that it better protects consumers’ privacy when they conduct Web searches. Ask launched its AskEraser feature last week, touting it as a tool that erases traces of a consumer’s search activity within hours.

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