Posts Tagged ‘Internet privacy’

FTC Creates Privacy & Security Page

November 9, 2010

The FTC is recognizing the prevalence of businesses collecting online data about its clients,vendors and employees.  It is also recognizing that there are a range of laws that govern business protections and restricted use of this data.  As a result it has created a “Privacy and Security” page on its it new “Business Portal.”  In addition to tracking news, case law and providing workshops on various privacy and security issues, the FTC is making available an important online tutorial called, “Protecting Personal Information: A Guide for Business.”

And as if prompted, the Wall Street Journal is running a story (subscription required) today on how business websites are often at the mercy of advertising visitor tracking tools that maybe undermining their privacy policies without their awareness.

Advocates weigh-in on new privacy bill

June 9, 2010

This is a great post from the Information Law Group (ILG) which is a terrific resource for Internet privacy in particular and law and technology issues in general.

ILG analyzes and summarizes both consumer and privacy advocates as well as industry groups comments to the “Boucher” bill now making its way through Congress.

One particular area I’m interested in is the “opt-out” versus “opt-in” privacy provisions.  “Opt out” puts more burden on the consumer to engage with the privacy policies they are accepting while “opt in” puts more burden on the party requesting the right to collect information from consumers.

Staying on top of Facebook privacy settings

April 24, 2010

Facebook has announced several new “features” to its sites.  One of them is the ability to click “Like” on external website which then publishes your preference to your Facebook profile as well as to your friends external news feeds as well.  This of course leaves a breadcrumb trail you might not wish to leave, identifying your interests, hobbies and opinions.

Don’t want to share this information?  Easy, don’t click “Like.”  For other “features” this article tells you their implications and ways to protect your privacy – such as you can.

Protecting PII (personal identifiable information)

April 13, 2010

This report from the National Institute of Standards and Technology is an excellent overview of the issues involved in protecting PII, how to handle privacy breaches in organizations and resources for where to go for additional information.

Facebook should post this in its new safety center.

Facebook’s expanded “safety center”

April 13, 2010

You can look at it yourself here.  I didn’t see a “robust” section on “rich multimedia content drawn from Facebook resources as well as independent organizations that seek to educate people about staying safe online” but maybe that’s coming.

Google “recalling” Buzz privacy settings

April 5, 2010

Starting today, Google has decided to ask all its users to confirm or change their Buzz privacy settings.  So far, I haven’t seen the great value of Buzz.  I’ve looked it over and the most I can determine is that could help improve my search visibility and give me another channel to disseminate blog content.  But maybe I need to spend more time looking at its features.

Why Facebook CEO think privacy no big deal?

March 8, 2010

From Mail Online:

“Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has been accused of hacking into the email accounts of rivals and journalists.”

FTC: expect Internet privacy report this summer

January 12, 2010

In the wake of Facebook’s Mark Zuckerman’s conclusion that consumers are less concerned about privacy these days, FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz and the Agency’s head of the Bureau of Consumer Protection went on the record about Internet privacy with the New York Times.  They expressed concern that since consumers aren’t reading website privacy statements, the FTC will be looking at having a opt-in model for consumers using websites rather letting them merely opt-out.  The FTC plans to issue report in June or July of this year on the subject.

What about a plain English disclosure to consumers about what they can expect the website to do with their personal information?

Facebook new privacy standards: less private?

December 10, 2009

If you have logged into Facebook in the last day or so, you’ve received the new privacy prompts.  EFF, Electronic Frontier Foundation, has examined these new settings and concluded that while some of the privacy settings are positive (particularly those that pertain at the per post level) many are not.

Push for more publicly shared information: The new prompts over-ride your old ones with the default setting allowing status messages and wall posts to open to everyone.  Watch out for that.

Some privacy settings eliminated: Now you can’t restrict “PAI”, publicly available information such as the list of friends.  Under the new settings Facebook makes that information — along with your name, profile picture, current city, gender, networks, and the fan pages public.