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Facebook Privacy in Transition – But Where is it Heading?

Daily Kos – “The next time you log onto Facebook, you’ll be thinking about privacy: how private are your photos, friends, status updates, and personal details, and how public do you actually want them to be?”

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ACLU Report Calls For Stronger U.S. Privacy Oversight Institutions

ACLU – “The American Civil Liberties Union today released a new report recommending steps Congress should take to create the vigorous privacy oversight institutions that are desperately needed in the United States to counterbalance the rush of new technologies and expanding government powers, and called for the Obama administration to move quickly to fill the seats on the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB).”

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FTC to Hold Privacy Roundtables

WSJ – “The Federal Trade Commission is planning three public discussions, starting in December, devoted to technology and consumer privacy. According to the FTC, the roundtables will address topics such as social networking, cloud computing, online advertising and mobile marketing, the goal being “to determine how best to protect consumer privacy while supporting beneficial uses of the information and technological innovation.”

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Congress weighs landmark change in Web ad privacy

AP – “The Web sites we visit, the online links we click, the search queries we conduct, the products we put in virtual shopping carts, the personal details we reveal on social networking pages – all of this can give companies insight into what Internet ads we might be interested in seeing. But privacy watchdogs warn that too many people have no idea that Internet marketers are tracking their online habits and then mining that data to serve up targeted pitches – a practice known as behavioral advertising.”

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Obama Web-Tracking Proposal Raises Privacy Concerns

Washington Post – “The Obama administration is proposing to scale back a long-standing ban on tracking how people use government Internet sites with “cookies” and other technologies, raising alarms among privacy groups. A two-week public comment period ended Monday on a proposal by the White House Office of Management and Budget to end a ban on federal Internet sites using such technologies and replace it with other privacy safeguards. The current prohibition, in place since 2000, can be waived if an agency head cites a “compelling need.”

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Google Is Top Tracker of Surfers in Study

Bits Blog – “When asked about online privacy, most people say they want more information about how they are being tracked and more control over how their personal information is used. Those consumer expectations are rarely in line with the data collection practices of Internet companies, which often collect information about their users not only on their own sites, but also when those users visit other sites across the Web.”

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Coalition urges better laws for e-mail and cell phone privacy

BetaNews – “Information stored on remote computers should be given the same legal protections as data stored on a user’s desktop PC, according to report produced by more than 20 activist and human rights groups.”

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Online Age Verification for Children Brings Privacy Worries

NYTimes.com – “WHEN it comes to protecting children on the Internet and keeping them safe from predators, law enforcement officials have vocally advocated one approach in particular. They want popular sites, like the social network MySpace, to confirm the identities and ages of minors and then allow the young Web surfers to talk only with other children, or with adults approved by parents.”

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ISPs: We Swear, We Won’t Watch Your Every Move

Channel Web – “Responding to increasing Internet privacy concerns, AT&T (NYSE:T), Verizon (NYSE:VZ) and Time Warner (NYSE:TWX), the country’s largest ISPs, told a Senate committee during a hearing Thursday that they don’t engage in online consumer tracking and want to self-regulate such practices in the future.”

Read the prepared statements here.

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