Did Google Get Off Easy With $7 Million ‘Wi-Spy’ Settlement?
Seven million dollars. That’s how much Internet giant Google will pay to settle a multi-year investigation into its controversial “Wi-Spy” data collection practices. The furor erupted in 2010 when Google disclosed that it had collected Wi-Fi data from unsecured wireless networks as its “Street View” vehicles crawled major cities worldwide, photographing buildings for a ground-level view on Google Maps. On Tuesday, Google agreed to pay $7 million to 38 states and the District of Columbia to settle the matter. To put that in perspective, Google generated revenue of about $50 billion last year, or nearly $6 million per hour. Big Internet companies like Google and Facebook frequently push the boundaries of user privacy. But the “Wi-Spy” case was particularly alarming to consumer advocates, because it raised the specter of Google’s “Street View” cars — which had already raised privacy concerns — roaming around major cities vacuuming up personal data, including snippets ...
Why I'm 'unfriending' you
Commentator Julia Angwin says erosion of privacy on Facebook left her little choice.
7 Ways to Protect Your FB Privacy
We're coming up on three years since Mark Zuckerberg famously announced, "The age of privacy is over." Some of us, however, still value our privacy. The nonstop Facebook information grabs of late, coupled with recent high-profile security breaches, point to the inevitable: a catastrophic breach at Facebook. When that happens, the most concentrated dossier about you, including all your personally identifiable information, will be in the wrong hands.
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5 Steps to Keep Those Spring Break Pictures From Costing You a Job
Realizing that students today post every dumb thing they do on the Internet, colleges now are starting to help them “erase” those digital mistakes before they become a barrier to employment. Since new grads need all the help they can get breaking into the job market, their schools have begun helping them clean up embarrassing and potentially deal-breaking comments or pictures in their online profiles. According to the Associated Press, Syracuse University, the University of Rochester, and Johns Hopkins University all give students tools to burnish their online reputation so moments of poor judgement don’t come back to haunt them during their career search. Syracuse, for instance, gives students free access to BrandYourself’s $10-a-month online reputation management platform. BrandYourself uses search engine optimization techniques to improve the results users get when they search for their names online. Want to make sure a hiring manager sees your LinkedIn profile or a webpage ...
United States: Social Networking Privacy Bill Appears Ready To Reach New Jersey Governor’s Desk - Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart
On November 19, 2012, the New Jersey Assembly had a second reading of a bill (A2878) that would, among other things, prohibit employers from seeking or requiring current or prospective employees to disclose their usernames or passwords for personal social networking sites, such as Facebook and Twitter.
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