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News Story
6/5/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Privacy advocates list protections needed in AT&T's planned location-based service to prevent credit-card fraud AT&T's plans for a location-based service that would track a mobile phone user to prevent credit-card fraud has raised concerns among privacy advocates who want strict rules on the use of the data. [Location-tracking...
News Story
5/22/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
BOSTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - EBay Inc came under pressure on Thursday over a massive hacking of customer data as three U.S. states began investigating the e-commerce company's security practices. Connecticut, Florida and Illinois said they are jointly investigating the matter. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman requested eBay provide...
News Release
5/13/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, -- Consumer Watchdog today praised the highest European court’s ruling that people have a “right to be forgotten” and can have online search results linking to outdated, irrelevant information removed. “This is a substantial victory for the right to privacy,” said John M. Simpson, Consumer Watchdog...
News Story
5/13/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Google and other Internet companies may have to comply with requests to make links to certain personal data go away -- at least, in Europe. The idea seems to be that people have a right to let some things slip into oblivion, even if there was nothing illegal about their publication. "This ruling tips the balance a little bit back towards...
News Story
5/5/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
May 1 --The White House May 1 released a report on big data, calling for progress on national data breach notification legislation, Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) reform and the Obama administration's proposed consumer privacy bill of rights. The report, which was the product of a review ordered by President Barack Obama,...
News Release
5/1/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today backed six broad policy recommendations outlined in the White House report on Big Data and praised the report for identifying potential dangers of discrimination and threats to privacy in what the report called “a world where data collection will be increasingly ubiquitous, multidimensional, and...
News Story
5/1/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Congress should take action to protect privacy in response to a growing big-data revolution, a White House panel has recommended, but its report does not address wide-ranging surveillance and data-collection programs at the U.S. National Security Agency. The group of officials in President Barack Obama's administration recommended Thursday...
News Story
5/1/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Washington (AFP) - A study ordered by US President Barack Obama and released Thursday concludes that analysis of "big data" can help society in many ways, from improving health care to spurring economic growth. But the report also said the vast expansion of computer analytics of large data banks creates new threats to privacy, and...
News Story
4/23/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
“Forget Big Brother – Google is better!” Those were the words of German media executive Mathias Döpfner in his April 17 open letter to Google chairman Eric Schmidt, in which he stated his fear that Google envisions a world with no antitrust and privacy protections. Coincidentally, Döpfner’s letter came a few days after Google issued a...
News Story
4/23/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
A new Obama administration privacy policy released Friday explains how the government will gather the user data of online visitors to WhiteHouse.gov, mobile apps and social media sites, and it clarifies that online comments, whether tirades or tributes, are in the open domain. "Information you choose to share with the White House (directly...