The difference between Apple's app store and Google Play: User data

Feb 18, 2013
When you buy from a digital storefront such as Google Play, how far and wide is that information shared?

Tweeting videos through the Vine; Should Skype be more like Google?

Jan 25, 2013
Twitter new acquisition, Vine, allows users to share short videos. And, privacy advocates are demanding Skype be more transparent about what data it shares with the government.

Facebook launches search for people, photos, places and interests

Jan 15, 2013
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the rollout of a new, seemingly obvious feature: search. With one billion users and a lot of data, Facebook has a private trove to mine.

California passes social media privacy law

Dec 31, 2012
Under a new California law, it is illegal for employers or admissions officers to require applicants to hand over their social media usernames and passwords.

Online privacy in 2013 and trading old school correspondence on Lettrs.com

Dec 28, 2012
Gizmodo's managing editor Brian Barrett talks his tech predictions for 2013, and Lettrs.com offers a new way to trade old school correspondence online.

New Instagram privacy policy frustrates users

Dec 18, 2012
Photo-sharing site says it has the right to sell user photos to advertisers.

The growing art of data dodging

Nov 29, 2012
As paranoia about online tracking grows, so too the number of businesses that help consumers prevent marketers from mining their personal data.
In July, federal Judge Esther Salas was deliberately targeted in her home in New Jersey.  A man — who had a case before her — came to her home with a gun and shot her husband and son.  Her husband is in the hospital and her son died. Salas believes this incident was possibly due to the fact that her private information was publicly available for the attacker to find her.
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New Firefox web browser pulled

Oct 11, 2012
A security glitch with the brand new version of the brower raises questions about its future.

Websites accused of collecting kids' online data

Aug 23, 2012
A group of consumer advocate organization says some big name companies are violating kids' online privacy laws.

Top 10 ways to avoid being tracked online

Apr 14, 2012
There's a growing backlash against this data mining by people who are trying to keep their online lives private. Here are some tips to help.
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