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BY GINA COOK
ANCHOR EMILY SPAIN
Ever been creeped out by how well online advertisers seem to know you? Well, you might not have to worry about that anymore. The federal government announced it is introducing an online privacy bill of rights that will give consumers the option to avoid being tracked by companies.
HLN says its a start.
“Basically they’re just getting the ball rolling, you know, it’s not law but right now there is no line drawn in the sand about what’s okay and what’s not okay.”
And CNN explains how this gives more power to the consumer.
“It gives consumers the right to expect companies to disclose how they’re going to handle their personal data, also requires companies to inform consumers about the security risks associated with handling their personal information.”
In addition to the bill comes the “Do Not Track” technology advertising networks associated with Google, Yahoo and Microsoft say they’ve agree to. It’s a setting that prevents sites from sending out personalized ads.
A writer for Forbes says this could actually have serious costs for consumers and writes,
“...critics who say such data collection is ‘creepy’ raise privacy concerns and call for regulation. But they won’t likely have as many online choices if a new regulatory regime steps in and slays the goose (advertising and data collection) that lays the Internet’s free golden eggs (“free” sites and services).”
And according to Bloomberg, internet users need to be aware that they aren’t the customers --but the product of online companies, like Google, Pandora and Facebook -- saying,
“When we demand that they not track us, remember us, store our information, or take notice of what we like, we are in fact telling them to give us something for nothing. That’s not how business works.”
But a blogger for Wired disagrees, saying this kind of bill of rights is long over due.
“Finally, after a decade of online privacy debacles and lip-service to self-regulation, originating from Google, Facebook, the Network Advertising Initiative and scores of others, it’s finally time for online companies to start treating users and their data with some modicum of respect.”
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BY ALEX OLGIN
Chris Chaney apologized Thursday for hacking into celebrity e-mail accounts and stealing personal information. The man arrested in the FBI’s “Operation Hackerazzi” said what started as curiosity turned into an addiction on Jacksonville’s WAWS.
“I deeply apologize. I know what I did was one of the worst invasions to privacy that someone could experience. And these people don’t have privacy to begin with and I was in that little sliver of privacy they do have.”
According to NBC, Chaney said he merely used the Internet to gather personal information about celebs and find out their email passwords. He would go through their contacts and find other celebrity e-mails.
Reporter: “The problem authorities say is that too many email users including celebrities use passwords like the names of pets or birth dates that are too easy to guess.”
“I hope this serves as a clear and important lesson for potential victims to protect their information and their computers.”
Once he was able to uncover nude photos of several celebrities - he then released them on the Internet. But a blogger from Popbytes thinks celebrities shouldn’t have nude photos of themselves if they don’t want them released.
“Yay, now celebs can go back to taking naked pics of themselves without fear of ‘em getting leaked onto the web! Which is weird because honestly this probably could have been avoided if they had just deleted the pics instead of letting them take up space on their phones like complete morons.”
California Representative Mary Bono Mack says Congress needs be proactive with online privacy legislation. In an article by The Hill, Mack says they are still in the research phase.
“We’re thinking that at a very minimum,[the email provider] should let you know ‘we think you've been hacked, you should change your password’.”
According to CNN, Chaney could get up to 121 years in prison if he is convicted of the 26 counts of identity theft that he faces.
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Personal details from more than 100 million Facebook profiles have been made public after a security consultant Ron Bowes 'harvested' the data and made it available for download.
United States government is these days appraising an Australian plan that will allow the internet service providers to warn all their clienteles base if any of the their computers are either taken over by hackers or crackers, and also limit the online access of these computers till the time people don’t fix the pending problem.
BY LINDSEY WOLF
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The media has dubbed them “Hacktivists.” Two artists from Italy stole a million names, photos and locations from Facebook profiles. They chose their favorites and created Lovely-Faces****, a fake online dating site complete with 250,000 singles who didn’t even know they were looking for love. The reason? According to the hackers - to prove a point about the social network’s privacy settings.
“Facebook, an endlessly cool place for so many people, becomes at the same time a goldmine for identity theft and dating - unfortunately, without the user’s control.”
This is the final project in the three-part series Paulo Cirio and Alessandro Ludovico have been working on. Each one has focused on a different Internet powerhouse: Google, Amazon and now Facebook. Using face-recognition software, they were able to sort the profiles by gender, nationality and even personality. But they say they don’t have any plans for monetary gain.
Not surprisingly, Facebook isn’t happy. Barry Schnitt, Facebook’s director of policy communications, told Wired this breaks Facebook’s terms of service, and the hacking duo could end up in court.
“We have taken, and will continue to take, aggressive legal action against organizations that violate these terms. We’re investigating this site and will take appropriate action.”
But according to AllFacebook****, it might not be that easy.
“While those rules enable Facebook to successfully pursue violators in U.S. court, getting a lawsuit going outside of the country can be tricky.”
TG Daily points out, this whole thing sounds very similar to Mark Zuckerberg’s FaceMash.
“It's kind of ironic, because as anyone who's seen The Social Network could tell you, the entire concept of Facebook began when Mark Zuckerberg stole personal data about students that was stored on university databases.”
But Digital Trends’ Jefferey Van Camp asks - did these hackers really think they could take on Facebook? He says it was a sad attempt.
“If this is some grand plan to destroy Facebook, Cirio and Ludovico may be more delusional than the millions who believe Facebook is a secure, private place to chat with their friends.”
For much of the day Friday - the Lovely Faces website came up with an error message reading, “Sorry, the web site [will] not work, You should try again.”
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May 25, 2011(2:12)
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook for the under-13 crowd is "no problem," but it violates the current law.