Tag Archives: Google

Accidental data leak helps wipe $22bn off Google’s stock value

Posted October 19, 2012 They’re assuredly hitting the roof at financial printer R.R. Donnelly, where whoever hit the “send” button on Google’s quarterly results must have missed the “Pending Larry Quote” note clearly marked on the first page. Talk about a costly accidental data leak… For more, here’s the story.

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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 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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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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Google staffs up ‘Red Team’ to protect the world from its privacy lapses

Posted August 24, 2012 Is the job listing for a Data Privacy Engineer proof that Google’s mending its privacy ways, or is the gesture as empty as the HTML form it used to slip past Safari’s no-tracking controls? For all the gory details, read the full story on Naked Security.

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Google in trouble with UK ICO over Street View data – again

Posted July 30, 2012 Google has admitted that it still has some Street View data that the UK Information Commissioner’s Office told it to get rid of in 2010. Read all about it. 

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Google pleads for YouTube real-name use

  Posted July 26, 2012 Google is attempting to clean up YouTube commentary, by pleading with commenters to use real names when posting. Here’s the story. 

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PayPal starts bounty program for security bugs

Posted June 25, 2012 If you’ve found a security issue with PayPal, you could receive a monetary reward for informing the firm responsibly. Read.

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Gmail accounts targeted by ‘state-sponsored attackers’ using Internet Explorer zero-day vulnerability

Posted June 15, 2012 Both Google and Microsoft have put out alerts about an unpatched, zero-day hole in Internet Explorer that is actively being exploited in the wild. If you’re using IE & Windows, install Microsoft’s Fix-it workaround immediately. I also included a bunch of tips from Graham on how to protect your Gmail account from […]

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Microsoft and Yahoo are selling us to politicians, Facebook and Google are keeping out of it

Posted June 13, 2012 Microsoft and Yahoo are selling politicians the ability to target online ads to voters by name, zip code and other data they’ve collected from us. I think the word for this is pimping. Read it. 

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