December 18th, 2012

Instagram to Sell User Images in Facebook’s Latest Privacy Gamble

The latest in a string of privacy-related controversies for Facebook comes from its newest acquisition, Instagram. Facebook has announced that all public photos submitted to the photo sharing app can be sold to advertisers without specific consent or notification. The service already angered more than a few customers by blocking direct photo embedding in Twitter [...]

May 9th, 2011

Gaining Tracktion: “Do Not Track” Bills, Consumer Privacy, and Web 2.0

Earlier this month American Senator John Rockefeller introduced a controversial bill which would force online advertising and tracking companies to allow users to opt-out of online advertising. This comes after California Representative Jackie Spears, and state Senator Alan Lowenthal successfully passed legislation within the California legislature that effectively prohibits online tracking. While some could herald [...]

July 17th, 2009

Facebook Faces Possible Legal Action From Canada Regarding Privacy

The Canadian Privacy Commission has publicly called out Facebook for its breach of the country’s privacy laws; in specific, failing to properly handle a user’s personal information. The commission released a report on Thursday (July 16th) wherein Jennifer Stoddart, the commissioner herself, blasted the world’s largest social networking website about their privacy guidelines that fly [...]