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May 23, 2012 | Inquirer Editorial
Even the 30-day prison sentence given to a former Rutgers University student who used a webcam to secretly record his roommate having a romantic encounter with another man may have been too much. Many legal experts agree that Dharun Ravi, 20, probably wouldn't have been charged with any crime had not his victim, Tyler Clementi, committed suicide two days after the September 2010 incident. Even so, there was no evidence that Ravi's despicable act directly triggered Clementi's death.
NEWS
May 3, 2012 | By Lini S. Kadaba, FOR THE INQUIRER
When Dave Clarke wants to fill a position at AuthenticMatters in Old City, he sifts through the stack of resumes and looks up candidates on Google. He expects a presence online, he says, especially considering the company's work — digital strategy and communications consultancy. "That's your online resume," AuthenticMatters' founder says of tweets, blogs, and status updates. "It's not what you attach to an e-mail. "We're not digging for dirt or hunting for drunken photos or anything," he continues.
NEWS
March 16, 2012
Here is a verdict sheet for Dahrun Ravi in the Rutgers webcam spying case. T.C. is Tyler Clementi. M.B. is the man he was with during the spying incident. Some counts have more than one element, but Ravi only had to be convicted on one element to be guilty of the charge. Count 1 Fourth-Degree Invasion of Privacy, related to T.C.: GUILTY Fourth-Degree Invasion of Privacy, related to T.C.'s guest, M.B.: GUILTY Count 2 Third-Degree Bias Intimidation - Invasion of Privacy with the purpose to intimidate T.C. because of sexual orientation: NOT GUILTY - Invasion of Privacy with the purpose to intimidate M.B. because of sexual orientation: NOT GUILTY - Invasion of Privacy, knowing that the conduct constituting invasion of privacy would cause T.C. to be intimidated because of sexual orientation: NOT GUILTY - Invasion of Privacy, knowing that the conduct constituting invasion of privacy would cause M.B. to be intimidated because of sexual orientation: NOT GUILTY - Invasion of Privacy, under circumstances that caused T.C. to be intimidated, and considering the manner in which the offense was committed, T.C. reasonably believed that he was selected to be the target of the offense because of sexual orientation: GUILTY Count 3 Third-Degree Invasion of Privacy, related to T.C.: GUILTY Third-Degree Invasion of Privacy, related to M.B.: GUILTY ...
NEWS
March 13, 2012 | By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kathryn Segesser says she believes the current thinking about eating disorders may be wrong. Segesser suspects that for centuries, anorexia and bulimia have afflicted both men and women. She would like to challenge the popular theory that blames modern cultural pressures and unrealistic images of beauty projected by lollipop-thin models. "I'm trying to see if, in the 18th century, people understood that there was some psychological reason that people decided not to eat," Segesser said.
NEWS
March 11, 2012 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Google instituted its new privacy policy on March 1, it reignited debate about personal privacy on the Web. If a new Pew Research Center poll is right, we have a split personality about the Internet. We love searching the Web - really love it - but we don't like our choices and behaviors being tracked. Which they are. We know that. And we still don't like it. And we still love the Net. What's clear is this: What we once called privacy - so 47 seconds ago - is gone, and you can't get it back.
NEWS
March 8, 2012 | By Geoff Mulvihill, Associated Press
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - "Yes," Dharun Ravi said in a videotaped police interview played for jurors Wednesday, he violated his Rutgers University roommate's privacy by viewing him in an intimate moment with another man. But, he said, he didn't mean any harm: "I didn't realize it was something so private," Ravi said. "It was my room, too. " The recorded interview was the first time jurors have heard Ravi's voice in his trial, which has lasted nine days. Ravi faces 15 criminal charges, including invasion of privacy, bias intimidation, and tampering with evidence and a witness.
NEWS
March 5, 2012
Privacy in the electronic age seems to be vanishing, with the introduction of Google's new privacy policy March 1, telling users that for their "convenience" all their Internet searches, data, and contacts will be shared across various platforms. Then came revelations about how electronic applications on your computer, smartphone, and tablet may copy your personal photo files without your permission. Staff writer Melissa Dribben spoke about the loss of control over personal information with Jeffrey Rosen, law professor at George Washington University and co-editor of "Constitution 3.0: Freedom and Technological Change.
BUSINESS
February 4, 2012 | By Gabriele Steinhauser, Associated Press
BRUSSELS - The European Union's data protection authorities have asked Google to delay the rollout of its new privacy policy until they have verified that it doesn't break the bloc's laws. Google publicized its new privacy rules - which regulate how the Web giant uses the enormous amounts of personal data it collects through its search engine, e-mail and other services - with much fanfare last week. Since then, it has launched a huge publicity campaign informing its users around the globe of the new policy, which is set to come into force on March 1. But that launch date may now be under threat.
NEWS
January 12, 2012 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
What would the Founding Fathers think of Facebook? Great question. We keep referring almost everything back to the Fathers - so it makes sense to wonder what they'd think of social media. You can just see it: (Madison: "Well, there goes the right to privacy. " Jefferson: "This is so cool !") This question - which opens into a bigger one, about the fate of personal privacy in the communications age - is the topic Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the National Constitution Center.
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