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Google Fined $US22.5 Million For Apple Privacy Breach

Posted: August 10th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Apple, Google, Standout | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Google Fined $US22.5 Million For Apple Privacy Breach

GOOGLEThat behemoth that is Google has been fined $US22.5 million for violating the privacy of millions of Apple Safari browser users. Last October Google signed an agreement that included a pledge not to mislead consumers about privacy practices, oops.

In fining the behemoth the FTC – US Federal Trade Commission – said that Google had broken an agreement made with the commission in October 2011, Google had agreed not to place tracking cookies on or deliver targeted ads to Apple Safari users, but then went ahead and did so. The fine is the biggest imposed by the FTC against a company for violating a previous agreement with the Commission.

In a statemnet the FTC said that Google has agreed to pay the record $22.5 million civil penalty to settle Federal Trade Commission charges.

“The record setting penalty in this matter sends a clear message to all companies under an FTC privacy order,” said Jon Leibowitz, Chairman of the FTC. “No matter how big or small, all companies must abide by FTC orders against them and keep their privacy promises to consumers, or they will end up paying many times what it would have cost to comply in the first place.” :: Read the full article »»»»


Facebook Ordered to Overhaul Privacy Controls

Posted: December 22nd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Facebook, Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Facebook Ordered to Overhaul Privacy Controls

Technoid - Facebook Security UpdateFollowing on from Facebook’s earlier order/agreement with the US Federal Trade Commission – FTC – over allegations it had a deceptive privacy policy.

Under the proposed settlement Facebook will have to submit to independent privacy audits but will not have to fix what it has done in the past.

Facebook must now overhaul privacy protection for more than half a billion users outside North America after a three-month investigation found that its privacy policies were overly complex and lacked transparency.

The probe by the Irish Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) at the US company’s international headquarters in Dublin found users risked unknowingly publicising personal details.

Users might not be aware, for example, that uploading their photos made them publicly searchable until they changed the setting on their Facebook page.

Facebook’s Ireland office handles all of its users outside the United States and Canada :: Read the full article »»»»


Facebook Agrees to FTC Terms on Privacy Breaches

Posted: November 28th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Facebook, Social Media, Standout, Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Facebook Agrees to FTC Terms on Privacy Breaches

Facebook Privacy Breach

Our favourite social media behemoth Facebook, has reached a deal with the US Federal Trade Commission – FTC – over allegations it had a deceptive privacy policy.

Under the proposed US settlement Facebook will have to submit to independent privacy audits but will not have to fix what it has done in the past.

“I’m the first to admit that we’ve made a bunch of mistakes” said Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook has agreed to notify users about changes to privacy settings and to submit to external privacy audits for the next 20 years.

The deal must still be upheld by a US court, but it is a capitulation of sorts by the company in the face of widespread outrage from its 800 million users.

Facebook’s relaxed privacy settings have had a major impact on people’s lives :: Read the full article »»»»