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No default privacy: Microsoft loses out in Do Not Track compromise

In a blow to Microsoft's idea of having browsers block tracking cookies by default, the working group dealing with the issue at the World Wide Web Consortium has come up with a proposal that bars any automatic Do Not Track setting.The proposal is a "grand compromise", as Stanford University's Jonathan Mayer put it in an email on Wednesday, with the privacy advocates in the working group losing out on two of the scheme's three biggest elements.

June 8, 2012 by

Worrying too much about privacy? (or not enough?)

I'm privacy minded. Perhaps a little obsessively; after all, I have very distinctive hair and I regularly hand out business cards with my address, email address and phone number on and our office number is in lots of journalist contact databases available commercially - yet I use a JavaScript obfuscator to stop spambots scraping my email address from our Web site and never publish photos showing the inside of our office.

May 26, 2011 by

Facebook unified messaging increases security risk

Facebook's new unified messaging system provides an even bigger lure for hackers and fraudsters, according to web security company Sophos.The messaging system — unveiled on Monday — is designed to integrate Facebook messages, email and IM chats alongside other non-Facebook messaging services but this could increase the risk of user privacy, according to Graham Cluley, a senior technology consultant at Sophos.

November 18, 2010 by

Privacy commissioner quiet on data retention

Australian Privacy Commissioner Karen Curtis has issued a muted statement in reaction to a proposal by the Federal Attorney-General's Department that could see Australians' email and telephone records tracked by internet service providers.

June 14, 2010 by

The security and privacy ramifications of AT&T's iLeak

A French group of security researchers has obtained the email addresses of 114,000 iPad users, who signed up for AT&T's 3G wireless service, relying on a flaw in AT&T's site which allowed them to automate the process. What are the security and privacy ramifications of this leak, if any?

June 10, 2010 by

Can Google get Buzz privacy right?

Google is reworking its privacy settings again for the oft-maligned Buzz social media/email aggregation tool. Primarily, the company is asking Buzz users to review their settings, who they're following, who is following them, and who sees public versus private Buzz posts.

April 5, 2010 by

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