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Government secretly accessing US call records

The breaking news across the country this morning is the secret collection records of Verizon call logs by the U.S. Government. This new “domestic surveillance program” by the Obama administration was disclosed Wednesday night and is already under heated debate. Signed by Judge Roger Vinson of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in April, directs Verizon [...]

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Social networking app fined $800,000 for collecting personal information

Ever heard of Path- the new Facebook/Instagram-like service that allows users to share personal “moments” in their life? After launch, the app asks if the user wants to to “add friends” from contacts, Facebook, or via email invitation. I gave it a try a while back but didn’t select to add friends in any of [...]

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Personal information: to share or not to share?

Consumers don’t mind sharing some of their personal information-as long as there’s something in it for them… A new report by PwC’s consumer intelligence series entitled “Consumer privacy: What are consumers willing to share?” delves deeper into the question of exactly that: will you share, and if so, what and how much? A survey of [...]

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Be Cautious of Crowdsourcing Apps That Download Your Information

First of all, what is crowdsourcing? According to Wikipedia- crowdsourcing is related to, but not the same as, human-based computation, which refers to the ways in which humans and computers can work together to solve problems. These two methods can be used together to accomplish tasks. Wikipedi is in fact one of the largest examples of [...]

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Mobile Apps Take Data Without Permission

Sometimes in the world of mobile phone privacy, a dark cloud truly can have a silver lining.  Such is the case with the recent blowup over the social media iOS app Path, which was caught taking users’ address books without permission or even notification and uploading them to their own servers.  In a surprisingly honest [...]

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New Mobile Phone Privacy Law Proposed

There’s potentially good news out of Capitol Hill in the battle for mobile phone privacy rights. On January 30th, Congressman Ed Markey (D-Mass) introduced a discussion draft of a bill aimed at preventing mobile phone companies from using monitoring software without their customers’ knowledge and consent. If passed, the bill would give the Federal Trade [...]

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