Results for December 2012

Instagram Restores Old Terms, Vows To Move Slower In Future
Instagram has decided to stick with its old terms of service after all. Co-founder Kevin Systrom blogged last night that the Facebook-owned company is reverting to its October 2010 terms, and has no plans at the time roll out any new ad products that would require a change.» 0 Comments
New Report Bashes Data Caps
In 2008, Comcast began imposing a monthly limit on the amount of data that broadband subscribers could consume. Since then, a number of other Internet service providers -- both wireline and wireless -- followed suit. But as cable companies and telecoms are embracing data caps, more and more industry observers are criticizing the restrictions.» 0 Comments
Lawmaker Praises COPPA Expansion, Bashes Behavioral Targeting
Sen. Jay Rockefeller, head of the Senate Commerce Committee, left no doubt today that he's no fan of online ad networks. Speaking at a press conference announcing new Children's Online Privacy Protection Act regulations, Rockefeller said it was high time that companies were prohibited from tracking children in order to profit from data about them.» 1 Comments
User Revolt Spurs Instagram To Backtrack On New Terms Of Service
A user revolt has spurred Instagram to promise to revise a passage in its terms of service that appeared to reserve the right to license people's photos to advertisers.» 2 Comments
German Regulator Wants To Nix Facebook's Anti-Pseudonym Policies
Facebook's policy of requiring users to register with their real names has come under scrutiny in the U.S., where digital rights advocates say that people often have good reasons for wanting to use pseudonyms online.» 1 Comments
Senate Panel Approves Location-Privacy Bill
For the second time in as many months, the Senate Judiciary Committee has cleared a bill that aims to give people new privacy protections in their digital data. On Thursday, the panel approved a location-privacy bill proposed by Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), which would require that app developers obtain users' opt-in consent before collecting or disclosing their geolocation data. Late last month, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved revamping the Electronic Communications Privacy Act to require that law enforcement authorities obtain search warrants before accessing people's emails or other data stored in the cloud.» 0 Comments
Analytics Company Offers To Provide Email Addresses Of 'Anonymous' Visitors
An employee of commercial real estate firm 42floors has publicly called out a lead-generation company for engaging in some highly questionable privacy practices. In a blog post this week,'s Darren Nix outlines how a lead-generation company approached him and offered to provide him with email addresses of visitors to the site -- visitors who were under the mistaken impression that they were browsing anonymously.» 4 Comments
Privacy Policy Fail: Company Tells Users To Change IP Addresses, Stop Clicking On Ads
You'd think that a company that offers opt-out instructions in its privacy policy would only do so if users could follow those instructions. Unfortunately, you'd be wrong, at least in the case of performance marketing company adMarketplace. The company was called out on Twitter this week for its privacy policy, which gives opt-out advice that's impossible to follow.» 2 Comments
File-Sharer Asks Supreme Court To Hear Appeal
Kazaa user Jammie Thomas-Rasset is asking the Supreme Court to hear her appeal of an order requiring her to pay the record labels $220,000 for sharing 24 tracks.» 1 Comments
Tech Companies Continue To Make Privacy Missteps
Companies have moved very quickly to develop mobile apps. But when it comes to complying with privacy laws, they haven't acted quite as fast.» 0 Comments
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