We post nothing about our daughter online This post from Slate is spot on, in my humble opinion. It might be overkill, but I can say the same…

France calms fears over Facebook Timeline scare

A French tabloid set off a temporary worldwide panic that Facebook had published the private messages of its users. France’s privacy regulator has now accepted the company’s explanation that this didn’t happen — but did blame Facebook for stirring up confusion.

Netflix agrees to delete data on ex-customers

As part of its settlement of a class-action privacy suit, Netflix will “de-couple” information about which movies its former customers rented from their basic identification profiles no more than one year after they leave the service.

Apple cracks down on UDID use

As privacy continues to be an important issue for Apple and iOS, the company is said to have finally started enforcing a policy that keeps apps out of the App Store that collect a device’s unique identifier number, which is sometimes used to track user behavior.

Twitter Faces Censorship Backlash

The social network Twitter is facing a storm of criticism from users, after revealing that it has implemented a system that would let it wit…

Google’s new privacy policy: Should you be concerned?

Is Google’s new privacy policy another sign it has broken its promise and is becoming more evil? Or is the fuss over the new version — which will allow the search giant to share data among its various services — a tempest in a privacy teapot?

70% of people just fine with how much info is on Facebook

Got Facebook privacy worries? You may be in the minority. Seventy percent of Facebook users polled in a recent survey said they were comfortable with the personal information they have on the site. Younger people were more OK with their data on Facebook than older people.

Politician’s Twitter slip shows it’s time for a fix

A leading British politician is in hot water after mistakenly publishing a message to Twitter that was intended to stay private. But while his error provides some fun for the peanut gallery, the slip underscores a larger usability problem that Twitter has failed to deal with.

I Made The Wrong Choice With Facebook

Yes, the new Facebook changes have caused a typical storm of user outrage: “You’ve changed things! How dare you!”

But I think this storm is…

Now’s the time for a Web 3.0 right to privacy

As social media sites become more prevalent and individuals share more and more details of their personal lives online, we need to rethink the bounds of our right to privacy. Not to regulate technology, industries or the authorities, but to protect us from each other.

Netflix, Facebook integration held up by Congress

Netflix had planned to launch a deep integration with Facebook, but the company said on Tuesday that it won’t be able to launch the feature in the U.S. anytime soon. The reason: A video rental privacy law is too ambiguous about opt-ins for information sharing.

Franken offers bill to protect consumer mobile privacy

Sen. Al Franken and Sen. Richard Blumenthal are introducing a new bill to protect the rights of mobile users when it comes to location information. If passed, the bill will require that mobile platform operators, carriers and developers ask permission before sharing info with third parties.

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Google, eBay Join Fight Against French Data Demands

French officials have sent Internet companies into a frenzy with a new requirement that all web services must keep detailed files on all their users — including passwords, addresses and activity — for government purposes. Time to cancel that trip to Paris?

Jarvis: Publicness Needs Its Advocates, Just Like Privacy

Author Jeff Jarvis this morning told a conference of privacy advocates something many of them probably didn’t want to hear: that society needs more protection for what he calls “publicness,” and less focus on locking down our personal information or prosecuting companies that use that data.

Apple Sued Over App Privacy Breaches

Earlier, we reported that some apps in the iOS App Store were reporting information, including address, age, gender and unique device identifiers to third parties without a user’s knowledge. Now, Apple and several app makers are being sued for the perceived breaches.

Many iPhone Apps Share Your Private Data

Many of your iPhone apps may be sharing much more of your data with other companies than you might suspect, according to a new report. Among the info being passed along is your user name, location, age, gender and phone’s unique device identifier.

Online Trackers Peel Back Curtain Before FTC Steps In

A collection of data miners and tracking companies is creating a one-stop shop for consumers to see how ads are targeting them and how they can opt-out if they choose. The move is a preemptive attempt to head off a possible “Do Not Track” registry.

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Facebook Apps Send User Info — Should You Care?

Facebook has been caught in another privacy-related dust-up, after the Wall Street Journal reported that a number of the network’s most popular apps and games have been sending “personal information” to third parties, including advertisers. But is this a real privacy breach or an overreaction?

Facebook Groups: Privacy Blunder or Twitter Replacement

Some Facebook users don’t like the fact that the new Groups feature allows them to be “tagged” and automatically added to a group, saying the company should stop opting people in to new services by default. Others, however, said the new features could actually replace Twitter.

Facebook iPhone Contact Sync Feature is Latest Fear Target

Facebook’s Sync Contacts feature on its iPhone app is the latest target of fearful critics who are wondering if the social networking giant has gone too far in peering into your personal information. The concern underscores Facebook’s growth as a target of privacy fears.

Privacy is Hard Because People Change Their Minds

Why is privacy so hard? Sociologist Danah Boyd, who specializes in the way people use online social networks, says in the latest issue of MIT’s Technology Review it’s because “the way privacy is encoded into software doesn’t match the way we handle it in real life.”

Facebook Turns the Privacy Fear Meter Up to 11

Facebook has again become a lightning rod for online privacy concerns, this time surrounding its launch of its Facebook Places feature. But the reality is that our notions of privacy are being tested in a variety of ways online, and that isn’t going to stop soon.

The Deal With Facebook Places & Privacy in English

Facebook launched last night a feature called Places that enables users to share their location. Before the launch event had even concluded, the ACLU of Northern California had fired off a missive about how the product fails to protect user privacy.

Facebook Finally Gets Around to Putting Users in Control of Apps

Facebook today rolled out a long-anticipated change to the way its members share information with applications built on its platform. Whereas before, applications installed by users had full access to their profiles, now, applications will have to explicitly ask for personal information they want to use.

Should Facebook Be Worried About Diaspora?

As Facebook has drawn fire from critics over the way it handles user information, interest in finding an alternative has grown to the point where a project to create an open-source social network raised $200,000 in a matter of weeks. But does it have a chance?

Can Yahoo Avoid the Privacy Pain of Facebook and Google?

Yahoo is rolling out new social features integrated into its email, similar to the features Google launched earlier this year with Google Buzz. Yahoo says it is being careful with users’ information, but can it avoid the kind of privacy backlash suffered by Google and Facebook?

Privacy As a Competitive Advantage in Mobile

If the mobile industry isn’t proactive in addressing consumer privacy head-on from a technical, business, education and compliance perspective, there will be a strong push to pressure the government to regulate an opportunity that hasn’t fully blossomed yet — and in the process, hamper its evolution.

Broadband Has Turned Our Homes Into Glass Houses

We’re adding broadband connections to everything, even our appliances, but as we use the web to see more of the world, we allow advertisers and marketers to see in. Instead of giving up broadband or social networks let’s define our terms for a constructive privacy debate.

Zuckerberg: It's Not About the Ads!

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg today combatted the assumption that Facebook is incentivized to make user data more public because it serves the company’s advertising business. “There’s a big misperception that we’re making these changes for advertising,” he said. “Anyone who knows me knows that that’s crazy.”

Facebook's New Privacy Settings: Here's What Changed

Facebook today announced a revamp of its user privacy controls, after nights-and-weekend work by its top engineers and designers to respond to widespread public criticism. Mark Zuckerberg called the release a “modern privacy system” that reflects what the site has become and incorporates feedback from users.

Facebook to Launch Simpler Privacy Controls Tomorrow

Facebook will launch “drastically simplified” privacy controls tomorrow, Facebook VP product Chris Cox said today at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in New York City. Cox said the Facebook team has had a “humbling couple of weeks” amidst outcry over confusing and invasive privacy controls.

For Facebook, the Privacy Snowball Just Keeps on Rolling

The controversy over Facebook’s transmission of user ID info through a page’s URL is another sign that the social network’s handling of privacy has become such a hot-button issue that virtually any behavior, no matter how small or accidental, will be used as ammunition against it.

MySpace Oversimplifies Privacy to Get Attention

In an odd role reversal, MySpace is now declaring itself a bastion of social networking privacy, at least in comparison to Facebook. The company will default many users’ settings to “friends only” and is pre-announcing new simplified privacy options that are probably too simplistic.

A Modest Proposal on Privacy

Privacy is different for everyone. Add the conflicting goals of a site like Facebook which wants to make money off of people’s data, to the disparity between people’s tolerance for sharing, and we’re faced with labyrinthine privacy policies and confused messaging. Could privacy middleware solve this?

Facebook's Privacy Crisis Is Also Its Opportunity

Facebook is facing an unprecedented crisis as the company’s efforts to weave its social network technology throughout the web’s entire fabric has gone wrong, erupting into a privacy nightmare. But Facebook has an opportunity to emerge from the privacy brouhaha it started even stronger than before.

Facebook Needs to Find Its Voice on Privacy

Facebook’s modus operandi is pushing the boundaries of user expectations, rolling out new features to user outcry, and making minor adjustments and rollbacks while continuing to pursue its lofty visions. But the company has done an especially bad job of explaining recent user privacy changes.

Blippy Caught in Apparent User Privacy Breach

Users who sign up for Blippy, the service that encourages sharing personal transactions online, do so with the expectation of becoming more open about their purchase data. But they don’t expect for their credit card numbers to be posted online. That’s what appears to have happened.

Facebook Users Still Confused by Privacy Changes

Facebook is still trying to clarify recent changes to its privacy policies and guidelines, after receiving more than 4,000 comments from users, regulators and privacy advocates. A Facebook spokesman says that many of the comments either requested features that already exist or misunderstood the site’s policies.

Yes, Virginia, HR Execs Check Your Facebook Page

A survey done by Microsoft in conjunction with Data Privacy Day on Thursday found that 70 percent of HR professionals have rejected a job candidate because of information they found about that person by doing an online search.

For Facebook, More Privacy Means More Public

As Facebook updates its privacy settings today, the site won’t be any more private. Unless users have ever changed their settings or do so now, most everything for those 18 and up is now set to be visible by everyone on the Internet.