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Undercover cop outed on Facebook, woman arrested for posting photo

Posted October 18, 2012 Police arrested a Texas woman for allegedly posting a photo of an undercover police officer onto her Facebook page. The case shows that it’s time that police learn how vulnerable they are in a social media world. Here’s more.

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EU tells Google to make its new privacy policy clearer and to give users easier opt-out

Posted October 16, 2012 EU regulators have asked Google to shape up its new privacy policy – a policy that most regulators found too vague and too tough for users to opt out of. But neither clarity nor easy user opt-out work in Google’s favor, and many of us are too addicted to cut the […]

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Facebook scans private messages to inflate the “Like” counter on websites

Posted October 8, 2012 Facebook has confirmed that it’s registering all URL shares as Likes to a website. That means we’re all adding to a website’s Facebook Like glow, whether we want to or not, when we alert friends to URLs via private Facebook conversations. Read more.

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Facebook cracks down on fake “Likes” – Lady Gaga, Eminem and Rihanna lose

Posted October 1, 2012 | Metrics show that popular pages on the social network are shedding chunks of Likes, likely a result of Facebook rolling out integrity system upgrades. Read the full story on Naked Security.

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Facebook stops asking users to rat out friends using fake names online

Posted September 26, 2012 Facebook has wrapped up an experiment that entailed surveying people whether Friends are using pseudonyms, which is a violation of its long-standing real-names policy. Read it now.

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Would you insure your Twitter or Facebook account against trolls and hackers?

Posted September 24, 2012 Would you pay a small, monthly fee to help cover the costs to restore your reputation, get your stolen identity back, and bury the most noxious content manufactured by trolls to torment you? For more, here’s the story.

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Judge denies Home Depot’s demand for worker’s emotion-laden Facebook posts

Posted September 18, 2012 A federal California judge has ruled that Home Depot can’t rummage through a former worker’s Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or other social media posts and pictures to prove that she lied about emotional distress caused by her employer’s alleged wrongdoing. But some of her Facebook posts are fair game. Read the full […]

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US schools track teens by putting chips into students’ ID cards

Posted September 14, 2012 Some parents call it an invasion of privacy akin to tracking cattle, and a coalition of privacy and civil liberties organizations including the American Civil Liberties Union has called for a moratorium on the technology. Read it now.

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Wikipedia wins, Craigslist loses in Clickwrapped’s assessment of who respects your rights online

Posted September 12, 2012 For a plain-English version of the gobbledygook privacy policies of the biggest sites, a tech-savvy lawyer’s done us all the kindness of deciphering and rating sites such as Facebook, Google and Craigslist, and put the results up on a website. Read all about it.

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Facebook glitch lets spear phishers impersonate users’ friends and family

Posted August 31, 2012 Facebook blames a “temporary misconfiguration” for allowing spammers to get their hands on users’ personal details and then pose as trusted friends to lure victims into clicking. But is the problem properly fixed yet? Read more here.

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