October 18, 2012 |
August 3, 2012 |
When Microsoft Corp. unveils a new version of its Web browser, users will be able to traverse sites as always, but with one significant difference: The company plans to make "do not track" the default setting. That means Internet Explorer 10, expected to launch in the fall, will automatically curtail the personal information garnered as users surf - data shared by third-party companies to serve up targeted advertising. The move puts Microsoft out in front of a process to set new Internet privacy standards - and puts it at odds with the $31 billion online advertising industry.
March 5, 2012
February 4, 2012 |
October 20, 2011 |
Facebook knows your likes and dislikes, not to mention who your friends are. Amazon knows your taste in books and anything else you shop for at its online superstore. Google knows what you research or wonder about. And other websites - including this one, if you're reading at Philly.com - can track your browsing and clicking habits as you navigate from site to site in the same ad networks. But what does your wireless carrier or Internet provider know about you? Potentially, all those same things and much, much more - which is why changes in Verizon and Verizon Wireless' data policies are stirring concern among privacy advocates and members of Congress.
May 22, 2011 |
Shopping online recently for life insurance gave me a disturbing window into websites' "privacy policies," as they are quaintly called, and drove me back for now to a traditional, off-line agent. The widely touted website where I started seemed to have modest plans for any data I entered. Essentially, it promised to use my personal information only to provide quotes or other product pitches, send me surveys, answer my requests, or offer me information "on products and services offered by our select business partners.
March 10, 2011 |
March 26, 2008 |
THE GOVERNOR of New York was caught patronizing a high-end hooker. Although she used a fake name, she was soon identified and the details of her MySpace profile were repeated in endless loops on television and the Internet. It also turns out that she'd bared her breasts for some "Girls Gone Wild" videos, which was going to save that operation the million dollars it was going to pay her for what she'd already done for free - until it turned out that she was underage (17) when she did it. Her father came forward and gave an interview.
August 13, 2004 |
Thanks to increasing numbers of financial service Web sites, consumers have more options than ever when it comes to finding a loan through the Internet. But the downside to all that information can make the process of finding the right online lender feel like a daunting task. LendingTree.com offers the following guidelines to get buyers started: Use Web sites with a secure mode of data transfer. Check for sites that encrypt your information using Secure Sockets Layer, or SSL, technology.
November 12, 2003 |
The information that job seekers give to potential employers and job boards to help them find work can make them a target for unsolicited marketing, or, worse, identity theft. "Identity theft is alive and well in the job-search industry because the data is so rich," said Pam Dixon, principal investigator and author of the "2003 Job Search Privacy Study" released yesterday by World Privacy Forum, a foundation in California. "Resumes are the new chattle," said Dixon, an author who has been studying and writing about online job searches since the 1990s.