E-Commerce Firms: Get Ready for New Privacy Laws


The Federal Trade Commission regulates privacy in the United States, and under the FTC rules, a website need not have a privacy policy at all. However, a website must comply with and not violate its policy if it has one. ifeLock learned that lesson the hard way when ” target=”_blank”>the FTC sued it for failing to abide by its privacy policy. How do other countries’ privacy laws apply to U.S. businesses? Time will tell, as the new European Union General Data Protection Regulation goes into effect in May of next year.

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Apple expands bet on cutting edge privacy technology

Last year, Apple Inc. kicked off a massive experiment with new privacy technology aimed at solving an increasingly thorny problem: how to build products that understand users without snooping on their activities.

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macOS 10.13 High Sierra Focuses on Performance, Launches Fall 2017

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HEVC video support, enhanced privacy controls, faster web rendering, and better text-to-speech are excellent improvements, but we’re obsessed with two features in particular: The new file system and VR support.

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Twitter updates privacy policy, ends 'do not track' support

You may see a notice informing you about the recent privacy policy changes the next time you visit the microblogging service, if you haven’t seen it already.

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Fake VPN services are popping up after GOP Congress kills privacy rules

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Interest in VPNs has skyrocketed in the past week now that ISP privacy laws have been rescinded, but be wary of what’s being offered.

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Consumer Advocates Bemoan Senate Vote to Lift ISP Privacy Restrictions


Privacy advocates and consumer groups are fighting back against the U.S. Senate’s Thursday vote to undo privacy restrictions on Internet service providers. In a 50-48 party line vote, the Senate approved the Congressional Review Act, S.J. Res. 34. If the House of Representatives gives it the green light, it then will go to the president to be signed into law. “We’re working actively with a coalition of other consumer groups pushing to defeat the resolution in the House,” said John Simpson, director of the Consumer Watchdog Privacy Project.

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Upcoming Windows 10 update reduces spying, but Microsoft is still mum on which data it specifically collects

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Windows 10’s upcoming Creator’s Update will add some new privacy changes and condensed telemetry options — but while the ‘basic’ telemetry setting will now collect less information, MS isn’t really being open about the data it gathers.

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Russian facial recognition app sparks interest, controversy

A facial recognition app out of Russia is raising eyebrows, both because of its abilities and the privacy concerns it sparks.

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Tech Industry Lambasts New FCC Privacy Rules


The United States Federal Communications Commission last week adopted privacy rules for both wired and wireless broadband ISPs aimed at giving consumers greater control over their data, more privacy, and stronger security safeguards for that data. The rules implement Section 222 of the Communications Act. They establish a framework of customer consent required for ISPs to use and share their customers’ personal information, calibrated to the sensitivity of the information.

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FCC Approves Broadband Privacy Rules to Protect Consumers. Here's What Comes Next.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has voted to approve new broadband privacy rules that will give consumers greater control over how their personal information is collected and shared b…

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WhatsApp Shaves Off a Little More Privacy


WhatsApp on Thursday announced an update to its terms and privacy policy — the first in four years. Among other things, the changes will affect the ways users can communicate with businesses while continuing to avoid third-party banner ads or spam messages, according to the company. However, WhatsApp will begin to share some personal details about its 1 billion users — such as phone numbers and other data — with Facebook, its parent company. The information sharing will permit better tracking of basic metrics.

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Innocent lives exposed in WikiLeaks' crusade against big government

WikiLeaks’ global crusade to expose government secrets is causing collateral damage to the privacy of hundreds of innocent people, including survivors of sexual abuse, sick children and the mentally ill, The Associated Press has found.

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Privacy Concerns Curb Online Commerce, Communication


Concern about online security and privacy are leading Americans to curtail online activity, the United States National Telecommunications and Information Administration reported last week. More than 41,000 households with at least one Internet user in July responded to several privacy and security questions the U.S. Census Bureau posed for the NTIA. Eighty-four percent of those households named at least one online privacy and security concern, and 40 percent mentioned at least two. Sixty-three percent were concerned about identity theft.

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