Google's accidental interception of some Wi-Fi transmissions is, for at least a few politicians, the gift that keeps on giving.
A trio of U.S. House of Representatives members wrote a letter (PDF) to Google CEO Eric Schmidt on Wednesday asking a dozen detailed questions about the Street View flap, including whether the inadvertently intercepted data were destroyed and whether an outside review of privacy practices will take place. It was signed by Henry Waxman (D-CA), Ed Markey (D-MA), and Joe Barton (R-TX).
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckberberg has had a tough few weeks.
Once again, Facebook has changed its privacy settings. Like the last time this happened, today's improvements are still a mixed bag, but a better one: they are generally easier to use but not as simple as they could be. There are a couple of curve balls thrown in, too.
Accessing your privacy settings hasn't changed. Go to the Account tab on the upper right of your Facebook page and scroll down to Privacy Settings. You'll be able to tell if the new settings layout has been pushed out to you, because instead of being greeted by text … Read more
There was a distinct tension in Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's rhetoric as he unveiled major changes to the massive social network's much-maligned member privacy controls in a press conference on Wednesday.
On one hand, he said that the demand was there from concerned members and lawmakers to do something about confusing privacy settings and changes to how members' data is used in the wake of its F8 developer conference. On the other, he repeatedly insisted that the social network's nearly 500 million users do, in fact, want to share information rather than keep things as private as … Read more
Facebook rolls out its new privacy changes live during our show! How nice of them. In a nutshell, near as we can tell, everything is going to be simpler and Facebook is really sorry that they really mean it about the whole privacy thing. And we get that, but we need some time to get over it, you know? Also, the DOJ may be looking into Apple's iTunes monopoly and we have a big discussion about the future of American space shuttle. Get your emails ready now.Subscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360)… Read more
Stung by a laundry list of privacy concerns, Google has released a new add-on designed to block the information captured for Web sites that use its own Analytics service.
The … Read more
Editor's note: We used Cover It Live for this event, so if you missed the live blog, you can still replay it in the embedded component at the end of this post. We also included the updates by Declan McCullagh and other CNET contributors, as well as unedited commentaries in regular text here. To get the key points and some analysis from today's announcements, click here.
After one of the most tumultuous months in its young history, Facebook has some new features intended to offer its hundreds of millions of users simpler privacy choices.
Wednesday morning's announcement, … Read more
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced new privacy features for the site on Wednesday. The controls are simpler but not private by default. You still have to seek out privacy settings and change them if you care about controlling who sees what.
But this does seem to be an improvement. Here is a shortsummary.
You can now control who can see and interact with each and every thing that you post on a day-to-day basis. Facebook is calling this Granular Data Permission. There is also just one setting that turns off access to your information by third party sites … Read more