Internet Safety & Privacy

Facebook to reinstate application developer access to mobile phone and address data

Facebook to reinstate application developer access to mobile phone and address data

Facebook announced today they will be re-enabling a feature allowing application developers access to user mobile phone and address data. Amid much public and governmental backlash, Facebook instituted a delay of the initiative just three days after its January release. A Facebook spokesperson wrote, “We are making changes to help ensure you only share this…

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Android Smartphone failed to encrypt Facebook and Google transmissions

Android Smartphone failed to encrypt Facebook and Google transmissions

Dan Wallach, a computer science professor at Rice University recently discovered some very disturbing vulnerabilities while accessing Google and Facebook from a Smartphone running the Android operating system. In an undergraduate class experiment, Wireshark network sniffer was deployed, and Wallach then conducted a series of internet transmissions from his Smartphone. The first finding was that…

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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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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

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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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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