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Popular App Called 'Privacy Nightmare' for Facebook Users

The most-used-words app might be looking at more than words

(Newser) - In just a few days, more than 16 million people used a new app that creates a word cloud out of their most-used words on Facebook. They really shouldn't have done that, KFOR reports. An article published Sunday on Comparitech calls the app—from Korean startup Vonvon—a "... More »

Google Has Audio Files of Everything You've Asked It

Want to listen to them?

(Newser) - "It’s all there—my dumb voice asking dumb questions that I thought were lost into the ephemerality of Google’s search servers," Mike Murphy writes on Quartz . Murphy recently learned that not only does Google store records of all your text searches, it also keeps audio recordings... More »

You Should Force Your Kids to Study Privacy Policies

Just like we force them to buckle their seatbelts: Nicole Wong

(Newser) - We teach our children about "stranger danger" and how to avoid untrustworthy people—so we should also teach them how to avoid untrustworthy technology. That's why Nicole Wong, a former deputy CTO at the White House and lawyer who's drafted "scores" of privacy policies over two... More »

Time to Push for 'Erasable Internet'

Farhad Manjoo: Saving everything doesn't have to be the status quo

(Newser) - So what lessons can we glean from the Sony hack? How about this for starters: Never use a "digital device to say anything to anyone, ever," suggests Farhad Manjoo at the New York Times . That's if you have any desire of privacy, anyway. Nothing is protected in... More »

Inside One Man's Anti-Privacy Campaign

Noah Dyer sends his passwords, bank records to magazine

(Newser) - The world would be better off without secrets, says an Arizona man, and he's willing to prove it. Noah Dyer is pushing a Kickstarter project which, if funded, would see his entire life made public as camera crews follow him around for a year "without even 1 second... More »

Guy Emailing Kid Porn Busted by ... Google

Big Brother is watching your email for illegal images

(Newser) - When registered Texas sex offender John Henry Skillern, 41, allegedly tried to email a pornographic image of a young girl to a friend, Google was watching with its email scanning software. "I can't see that information, I can't see that photo, but Google can," a detective... More »

Racing Boss Sues Google to Take Down S&M Photos

Google fears win for Max Mosley could turn it into Internet police

(Newser) - The first lesson of sex parties is—don’t let anyone take pictures of your sex party. As former Formula One racing chief Max Mosley can attest, they'll keep popping up in Google searches. Mosley, 74, was photographed partaking in consensual S&M role-play with five prostitutes several years... More »

Germans Must Destroy Erotic Photos of Ex-Lovers

...if said ex requests the images be deleted, a court rules

(Newser) - Ready to ditch your significant other but a little worried about those, ahem, erotic photos you posed for? If only you lived in Germany... A German court on Tuesday ruled that intimate videos and photographs must be deleted if they are of the owner’s former partner and that ex-partner... More »

Google Must Erase Certain Links If Asked: EU Court

Decision aims to protect individual privacy

(Newser) - If you want certain articles or court documents removed when your name is Googled—and you live in Europe—the search giant must comply, Europe's top court says. The ruling, which affects all search engines, focuses on privacy protection and the "right to be forgotten" in Europe, the... More »

School Pays Student $70K for Facebook 'Interrogation'

They forced her to hand over password to Facebook, email

(Newser) - A Minnesota school has agreed to pay a student $70,000 to settle a lawsuit stemming from an incident in which administrators forcibly perused her Facebook account, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports. It began when Riley Stratton, then 13, posted on Facebook complaining that a hall monitor was mean, and the... More »

Online Privacy Shouldn't Be a 'Luxury'

But it can pricey to protect yourself: Julia Angwin

(Newser) - With new stories about breaches of online privacy surfacing nearly every day, it's enough to drive a person to shell out serious cash for protection. Such is the case with Julia Angwin, who recounts in the New York Times how she spent $2,220 last year on various tools... More »

UK Spies Stole Nude Images From Private Webcam Chats

Yahoo is incensed over latest Snowden leak in the 'Guardian'

(Newser) - The latest Edward Snowden scoop takes the invasion of privacy to what Yahoo calls a "whole new level." The Guardian explains why: British surveillance agency GCHQ harvested images from Yahoo video chats for years, including many that were sexually explicit. In fact, one agency document puts it thusly:... More »

We're All to Blame for Target Hack

'No company is secure,' and we should know it: Nicole Perlroth

(Newser) - Here's a lesson from the Target data hack which, as Nicole Perlroth notes in the New York Times , affected "well over one-third of America’s adult population": It's time to think twice before giving out our email addresses, birth dates, and other personal information to companies. The... More »

Google to Let 'Plus' Users Contact Any Gmail User

You could get email from someone who doesn't have your address

(Newser) - Watch out, Gmail users: You may soon see messages in your inbox from people you don't know. Google is rolling out a feature over the next few days that will allow any Google+ user to send an email to any Gmail user who is also on Google+, even if... More »

Facebook Private Messages Aren't So Private: Suit

Network scans them to boost its ad sales, a California lawsuit claims

(Newser) - An alarming claim has popped up in a California class action lawsuit: Facebook is accused of violating privacy boundaries by reading your private messages whenever it fancies. The suit claims the social network scans private messages, looking for websites users send to each other, for "purposes including but not... More »

Snapchat Could Revolutionize the Internet

App shows market for 'erasable Internet': Farhad Manjoo

(Newser) - We've started to get used to the idea that once something's on the Internet, it's there forever. An ancient photo on Facebook? An awkward tweet from a few years back? They can be dug up, for better or worse. But this year, Snapchat, the app that deletes... More »

Private Spying Companies Sell Lists of Rape Victims

Along with people with HIV, dementia, more

(Newser) - Secretive data companies are tracking almost every American's every move online—and compiling and selling disturbingly targeted lists based on that spying, a new Senate Commerce Committee report concludes. That includes lists of rape victims, people suffering from ailments including HIV, AIDS, and dementia, and people with substance abuse... More »

Facebook Keeps Tabs on Your Deleted Posts

Company tracks instances of 'self-censorship'

(Newser) - Many of us have been there: You have a huge fight with your friend, and you need a place to vent. You log on to Facebook and begin to type out all the emotions you're feeling, and right as you're about to click the post button, logical thought... More »

NSA Tracking Tool: Google Cookies

Spies exploited advertising tools

(Newser) - The latest revelations about NSA snooping will probably have some online privacy advocates itching to say "I told you so." The agency has "piggybacked" on the tools that advertisers use to track consumers, using cookies to single out targets for hacking, reports the Washington Post . A Google-specific... More »

'Loverspy' Guy Joins Most-Wanted Cybercrime List

Spyware was designed for jealous lovers

(Newser) - It's not just the federal government intercepting your communications. It could be a nosy relative or jealous partner. Among the five people added this week to the FBI's list of "most wanted" cybercriminals is a former San Diego college student who developed an $89 program called "... More »

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