The Obama Administration and the Federal Trade Commission recently issued privacy reports that called for baseline protections giving consumers more control over their data. The FTC also specifically called on Web companies to offer a do-not-track tool that will enable consumers to easily opt out of all online behavioral advertising.Those proposals don't seem to be sitting well with all Republicans, judging from comments made at a hearing today.
Attorney Casey Mattox was among hundreds of spectators who went to the Supreme Court this week to watch the judges grill attorneys about the Obama administration's health care law. Unlike others in the audience, Mattox attempted to do more than just observe. He tried to document the argument as it happened by posting updates on Twitter. Mattox succeeded, but only briefly.
Comcast this week rolled out a new free service allowing customers who subscribe to both Xfinity Internet and Xfinity Digital Video to watch TV on demand on their Xbox 360 consoles. While that sounds like a nice feature for subscribers, Comcast's move potentially hurts Netflix, Hulu Plus and other companies that offer video to Xbox users. That's because programs viewed through the Xbox 360 won't count against Comcast subscribers' broadband data caps, currently set at 250GB per month.
If anything's become clear in the last week, it's that many people really dislike the idea of employers extracting Facebook passwords from job applicants. While profile-snooping isn't new (the city of Bozeman, Mont. routinely asked all job applicants for social media log-ins back in 2009), and probably isn't yet widespread (to date, only a handful of anecdotes have surfaced), news reports last week brought the practice to public attention. Now two lawmakers, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), are asking the Department of Justice and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to investigate whether it's legal for employers to …
A report this week that some employers are asking job applicants for their Facebook log-ins has understandably left many observers angry. Even asking for that information so obviously crosses the line that it's hard to imagine that companies feel free to make the request. Now that it's emerged that at least a few employers -- no one really knows how many -- are seeking that kind of information, talk of regulation and litigation is growing louder.
New revisions to Facebook's terms, slated to take effect tomorrow, could make it more difficult for dissatisfied pay-per-click advertisers to sue the company.
Last year, Google said it would start encrypting some search traffic for signed-in users who click on organic results. With the move, the company stopped passing along users' search queries through referrer headers.
In 2009, news broke that the city of Bozeman, Montana was asking all job applicants for their user names and log-ins to sites they visit, including social networks like Facebook. The news rightly sparked a massive backlash, with critics pointing out that the city was not only riding roughshod over job applicants' privacy but was also potentially violating the privacy of applicants' friends.