Categories: Privacy

Google Dashboard: Control Panel for Your Data

Posted by: Rob Hof on November 05

Early this morning, Google is launching a new feature that lets you view what data is being stored on a range of Google services. Google Dashboard also will let you…

Consumer Groups Call for Online Privacy Guarantees

Posted by: Rob Hof on September 01

A group of 10 consumer and privacy watchdog groups this morning called for Congress to clamp down on online tracking of people’s behavior to target advertising to them as they…

Facebook To Introduce New, Simpler Privacy Settings

Posted by: Rob Hof on July 01

Facebook today introduced a test of new ways for its members to set and adjust their privacy settings for any piece of content they post on the site. The changes…

Google Latitude: Tell Your Friends Where You Are

Posted by: Rob Hof on February 04

Ever wonder where your friends or your spouse or your child is? That’s the question Google hopes to answer for you with a new service launching Wednesday called Google…

New Facebook Features On the Way: Privacy Controls, Chat

Posted by: Rob Hof on March 18

Tonight or early Wednesday morning, Facebook’s 67 million active members will have new ways to control their privacy on the social network. They’re welcome additions for many people on Facebook…

Scoble, Facebook and Plaxo: Whose Data Is It?

Posted by: Rob Hof on January 03

Uberblogger Robert Scoble’s Facebook account has been suspended for his use of a service from contact-management firm Plaxo that combed through his 5,000 (yes, 5,000) Facebook “friends” for emails and…

ProQuo Gives Consumers New Power Over Marketers

Posted by: Rob Hof on October 22

If you’re like me, you probably don’t think that much about junk mail anymore except when you get fed up periodically with having to recycle all the paper. But hiding…

Wiretapping for Dollars

Posted by: Rob Hof on September 24

No, it’s no joke: A company called Pudding Media is offering people free Internet phone service if they allow advertisers to pitch them ads based on the content of…

Google Logs New Data Privacy Policy

Posted by: Rob Hof on March 14

Google and other online services have long been criticized for collecting unimaginable amounts of data on its users, such as what they’ve searched for. And many of them keep that…

Pay Attention!

Posted by: Rob Hof on November 01

… if you have time. Which you probably don’t. That’s the point of an insightful post by VC Fred Wilson, who fears that an attention crisis is looming. He already…

Omaha Steaks Responds to Privacy Complaint

Posted by: Rob Hof on August 31

Last week, I raked Omaha Steaks over the coals as a particularly annoying example of the continuing poor privacy practices of many Web sites. Well, I have to give the…

What Privacy?

Posted by: Rob Hof on August 23

I recently ordered a gift through Omaha Steaks. I routinely check boxes that specify that I don’t want to receive marketing emails or calls, but I don’t recall even getting…

Cookie Alternative: Not Too Tasty?

Posted by: Rob Hof on April 04

A surprising number of people don’t like cookies. I mean those small files that get attached to your browser as you visit Web sites. Cookies let sites recognize you the…

A little more privacy, please

Posted by: Rob Hof on February 17

I didn’t know much more about ChoicePoint than you until today, but I sure do now. That’s the company that has dossiers on just about all of us, which it…

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