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Hotel Knows Name of Her Child's Father. She Doesn't

Court rules hotel can keep man's identity a secret

(Newser) - A court in Munich has rejected a woman's legal bid to obtain the name of a man she spent three nights in a hotel with seven years ago, reports the AP . The unidentified woman gave birth to a son nine months after the encounter in Halle, eastern Germany, and... More »

Google Now Lets You Create a Data Will

You can decide what happens to your account after you croak

(Newser) - Google unveiled a new feature yesterday that will answer one of life's great burning questions: What will happen to my email when I die? Dubbed the Inactive Account Manager—"not a great name, we know," the company admits in this blog post —the feature lets Google... More »

Prober Posts 100M Facebook Profiles Online

Downloadable file includes names, URLs

(Newser) - A security researcher has collected and posted the details of 100 million Facebook users to highlight privacy issues. Ron Bowes of Skull Security used a piece of code to trawl the Internet for the names and unique URLs of users who didn't change their privacy levels from Facebook's default settings,... More »

Google Bares Government Demands for Data

New tool also reveals content-removal demands

(Newser) - Google has won the praise of privacy advocates by rolling out a tool that shows just how often governments ask for information about its users. Of the countries listed on Google Disclosure —which omits China—Brazil leads the way with 3,663 requests for data during the second half... More »

Critics Rip Facebook Privacy Revamp

Say new settings deceive, manipulate users

(Newser) - The revamped privacy features that Facebook unveiled yesterday may make it easier for you to limit who sees your beach vacation photos and thoughts on breakfast cereal—but the move actually pushes users to share their personal information with all 350 million fellow users, say privacy advocates angry over the... More »

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