Stop! Before You Post on Facebook

Facebook tracks you by browsing historyHow careful are you about what you share on Facebook and other social networks? Probably not very. But in light of a new initiative Facebook is launching, you may want to give more thought to what you post on the social web.

Under Facebook’s new program, select data-analysis companies will be able to harvest the vast quantities of content that Facebook’s 1 billion-plus users produce. The real beneficiaries will be those data companies’ clients – large consumer brands like Procter & Gamble, ConAgra, General Mills and others.

As Advertising Age describes, Facebook (by way of a company called DataSift) will give its data partners access to a treasure trove of user data. Read More

5 steps to help protect yourself from the NSA

nsa_spyingNearly 9 out-of-10 Americans have heard of Edward Snowden and the NSA leaks, but only 34% of people have taken at least one step to shield their information, according to a Pew Research Center study released today.

Almost two years after Snowden made his initial revelations, Pew has published a study in which they asked Americans what they thought of the government surveillance programs that Snowden revealed, and whether they have altered their online activities and communication habits since they have learned details of the surveillance.

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Europe Takes Online Privacy Seriously. You Can Too.

14618899974_92f08e26c9_nThe Netherlands is known for its elaborate flood-control system, excellent soccer and a very tall populace. And it may one day have a reputation as a world leader in online privacy. Read More

Privacy News of the Week

2603529812_da66a9be8e_nLots to cover since our last privacy report. First up…

Outdated encryption tech leaves millions of devices, websites vulnerable

A decision made decades ago to use a weak form of encryption on devices exported to other countries is having present-day consequences. Read More

YouTube Change Could Make Video Views Less Private

youtube_logo_stacked-vfl225ZTxThere will soon be another reason to anonymize the searches you run on Google – all due due to a relatively minor change in the way YouTube makes money. Read More