Internet Safety & Privacy

Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services suspends policy requiring employee Facebook login credentials

Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services suspends policy requiring employee Facebook login credentials

As a follow up to our story yesterday on the Maryland Department of Public Safety & Correctional Services’ policy of requiring applicants to provide their Facebook login credentials, that practice is now suspended pending a 45 day review. For those of you unfamiliar with the story, Robert Collins had taken a leave of absence following…

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Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services suspends policy requiring employee Facebook login credentials

Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services suspends policy requiring employee Facebook login credentials

As a follow up to our story yesterday on the Maryland Department of Public Safety & Correctional Services’ policy of requiring applicants to provide their Facebook login credentials, that practice is now suspended pending a 45 day review. For those of you unfamiliar with the story, Robert Collins had taken a leave of absence following…

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Can an employer require your Facebook login credentials as a condition of employment?

Can an employer require your Facebook login credentials as a condition of employment?

Privacy issues surrounding Facebook and other social networking sites appear in the news on a daily basis. A story broke last week that has garnered much attention with the news media, bloggers, and privacy advocates…virtually anyone with a remote interest in social media and/ or privacy. The Maryland Department of Corrections shocked not only the…

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2 New Privacy Bills Introduced – How will they protect you?

2 New Privacy Bills Introduced – How will they protect you?

Online privacy has been the subject of intense debate over the last several months. Almost every internet juggernaut has had a privacy breach of some kind. Users are fed up, privacy advocates are outraged and the U.S. government is now poised to take action. Rep. Bobby L. Rush, (D-IL) introduced a bill last Thursday that…

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Facebook scams likely to increase – $25.00 toolkit makes spam campaigns cheap and easy

Facebook scams likely to increase – $25.00 toolkit makes spam campaigns cheap and easy

Websense recently reported on a new toolkit that enables a person with no Facebook development skills to create and distribute the survey scams we have come to loathe so much. For only $25.00 the would be spammer can purchase ‘Tinie app,’ a viral application toolkit. The kit comes with many options, some with pre-defined templates,…

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Children's Online Privacy – What policymakers and parents can do

Children's Online Privacy – What policymakers and parents can do

Common Sense Media sponsored a study last year about parents, privacy and the internet. Privacy is huge issue for parents, as they are very concerned about their children’s online activities. They are worried that their children are being tracked and targeted by marketing firms, and that their youngsters may say things on social networking sites…

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Parents join in on the fray with cyberbullies

Parents join in on the fray with cyberbullies

Not only is the issue of cyberbullying a huge distraction for teachers, but parents are now joining in on internet related incidents regarding their children. Phil Lewis, an Adelaide high school principle and representative for Catholic principals in South Australia testified before the joint select committee on cyber-safety. Lewis stated, “They get on Facebook and…

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Want to block Facebook from your home or office? FBLock could be the answer.

Want to block Facebook from your home or office? FBLock could be the answer.

FBblocker Production officially launched the most advanced Facebook blocker application currently available on the market. The app is called FBBlock, and its main goal is to prevent children from accessing Facebook at home. The program is also appropriate for small office environments. Most everyone can agree that children and adults alike waste way too much…

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How to Download Your Facebook Data

How to Download Your Facebook Data

We read an article recently about a young lady that had her Facebook and other accounts hacked. Not only were the scammers on a mission to discover as much sensitive and valuable information as possible, but they left a wake of destruction in the process. They deleted her address book, email messages and items on…

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Facebook Implicated in Rising Number of Teens with Eating Disorders

Facebook Implicated in Rising Number of Teens with Eating Disorders

The triggering factors of eating disorders may seem trivial or foolish to some; however, to a teenager suffering from severely low self esteem these can set off an inexplicable and distorted perception of oneself. Tragically, this can lead to the altering of eating habits so drastically that it can eventually lead to death. According to…

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