Online Privacy Tools Becoming More Popular After PRISM Revelations

Online Privacy Tools Becoming More Popular After PRISM Revelations

There was an Internet uproar last month when it was revealed that the National Security Agency (NSA) was demanding consumer information from many popular tech companies like Facebook, Google and Twitter. However, software companies have released several optional add-ons or browser extensions that can help users combat this privacy infringement on the part of the…

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13 Million Facebook Users Have Never Adjusted Privacy Settings

13 Million Facebook Users Have Never Adjusted Privacy Settings

A study done by marketing blog Marketo has found that, despite growing concerns surrounding Facebook privacy and the release of Graph Search, 13 million users have never touched their privacy settings. Graph Search, the upcoming feature that will allow users to search through posts and pictures, has raised privacy concerns among plugged-in web users. However,…

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Facebook Teams Up with Attorney Generals to Promote Teen Privacy

Facebook Teams Up with Attorney Generals to Promote Teen Privacy

Facebook comes under frequent fire for its user privacy policies, though the site has taken big steps to remedy their image since becoming a publicly traded stock. Their latest campaign to improve user privacy is a consumer education program with the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG). The program will focus on educating teen users…

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Facebook Emoticons Give Deeper Insight into User Data – Could be Used for Ad Targeting

Facebook Emoticons Give Deeper Insight into User Data – Could be Used for Ad Targeting

Facebook is rolling out a trial version of a new feature that let users select emotions and icons to depict what they’re doing. They include things like reading, drinking, eating, watching, and listening to. After the user selects what they’re doing, they can select exactly what they’re doing. Like, say, if they’re watching Breaking Bad,…

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Seven-Year Study Show Facebook Users Revealing More, Even if They Don’t Want to

Seven-Year Study Show Facebook Users Revealing More, Even if They Don’t Want to

A first-of-its-kind seven-year study by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University found that Facebook users became more sensitive about divulging their information over time, even as Facebook ratcheted up the pressure for them to divulge more. Over the timespan of the study, which examined the Facebook habits of 5,000 users from 2005 to 2011, Facebook introduced…

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Facebook Launches “Ask Our CPO” Privacy Chat Feature

Facebook Launches “Ask Our CPO” Privacy Chat Feature

Earlier this year, Facebook controversially eliminated the ability for users to vote on the site’s policy changes. Many users weren’t aware of their right to do this in the first place, but it still caused a minor uproar, and Facebook promised users frequent web chats to increase communications and to answer any privacy questions they…

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Data Privacy Day 2013: 3 little things you should be doing for big online privacy improvements

Data Privacy Day 2013: 3 little things you should be doing for big online privacy improvements

Today (Jan. 28) is the 6th annual Data Privacy Day, a day dedicated to controlling your digital footprint and drawing attention to the privacy risks that people across the world encounter. Two privacy reports released this week by Microsoft and Google show that people have more cause than ever before to be concerned about online tracking and data…

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Is Facebook Recycling User Likes to Promote Related Posts?

Is Facebook Recycling User Likes to Promote Related Posts?

In a story first brought to light by Minneapolis-based developer Craig Condon and given further credence by Forbes Magazine, a troubling aspect of Facebook’s Related Posts has been discovered. Facebook seems to be taking the liberty to use ‘liked’ content in order to promote Related Posts on the Timelines of that user’s friends. For instance,…

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How Will Graph Search Affect Your Facebook Privacy?

How Will Graph Search Affect Your Facebook Privacy?

Facebook introduced “Graph Search” on Tuesday, a new search technology that allows users to search and filter through content that has already been shared by their friends. For instance, if you wanted to know the best deli on a certain block in Manhattan, you could search through your friends’ posts and tags to see if…

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These 4 varsity Googling skills will show you what the web is saying about you

These 4 varsity Googling skills will show you what the web is saying about you

 Google is your new resume, and you’d better know what’s on it. It’s not vain to Google yourself; it’s smart. Why? Because it’s pretty much guaranteed that there’s information about you on at least a few websites, and hiring managers, potential dates, and complete strangers are looking you up and forming opinions of you based…

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