The Privacy Blog





US congress puts pressure on developing Do-Not-Track standard

April 24th 2013

Senator John D. Rockefeller said that Do-Not-Track needs to become a reality, either voluntarily or through legislation.

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Do-not-track comes to iOS 6

September 17th 2012

Ad tracking 'blocker' comes to iOS 6. The UDID in iOS is soon to be not available to advertisers, replaced by the Advertising Identifier.

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Google Adding 'Do No Track' Into Chrome

September 16th 2012

Google's Chrome browser is beginning to add built-in 'Do Not Track' capabilities. Wow! Really?

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Your mobile phone is a tracking device

July 27th 2012

As we all starting to hold smartphones in ourpurse or jeans, we are simply attaching to our body a tracking device. It was recently disclosed that cellphone carriers responded 1.3 million times to law enforcement requests for data last year.

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Netflix privacy class-action settlement

July 10th 2012

A federal judge has granted preliminary approval to Netflix Inc.'s $9 million settlement of class-action litigation accusing the video rental company of violating consumer privacy laws.

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Do Not Track comes to mobile

July 2nd 2012

Online privacy is platform agnostic. No matter what device you are using, you can be tracked while browsing the web. It was very expected to start having mobile browsers supporting Do Not Track on mobile. Thank you Mozilla.

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Is it Microsoft vs. Google on Do Not Track default?

June 10th 2012

Earlier this year Google announced it will support Do Not Track across its advertising systems and Chrome browser. Recently Microsoft announced Internet Explorer 10 in Windows 8 will have 'Do Not Track' (DNT) on by default.

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Microsoft Windows 8 includes default Do Not Track privacy feature

June 1st 2012

Microsoft announced Internet Explorer 10 in Windows 8 will have 'Do Not Track' (DNT) on by default. Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8 will be the first browser to have DNT on by default while FireFox and Opera have it off by default.

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Facebook Privacy Policy is longer than the United States Constitution

May 9th 2012

It is amazing to find how leading websites, in this case Facebook, are keep adding words to their privacy policy over time. Today's privacy policy turned to be a legal document in a length that requires an expert just to read and understand it, although the website targets an average consumer.

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Tracking the trackers

May 3rd 2012

A great presentation by CEO of the Mozilla Corporation (FireFox browser) explaining the importance of online privacy.

It is our right to know what data is being collected about us and how it affects our online life. We should also have the control on our end to decide where our data is going.

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The right to be forgotten online

April 30th 2012

In theory, the right to be forgotten addresses an urgent problem in the digital age: it is very hard to escape your past on the Internet now that every photo, status update, and tweet lives forever in the cloud.

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Ad networks compromise your privacy, here is how

April 9th 2012

The Internet could not exist without Ads. Can you imagine Google charging for search instead of giving it for free? (in exchange for Ads). Can you imagine the web without Facebook for free? (in exchange for Ads). Ads are good for the Internet, however not all Ads are the same.

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Requirements of European data protection law

March 23rd 2012

The EU Article 29 Working Party is of the opinion that a global Do Not Track mechanism could be a very efficient way to deal with user consent for the tracking of their web surfing behaviour across different websites.

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Google stores all your search terms history, didn't you know?

March 9th 2012

Google Search is a free product many people around the world are using to search the Web on a daily basis. In exchange for the free search product Google serves Ads to support the investment they made in the search engine. A fair game so far.

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Opt-out from Facebook Instant Personalization

March 3rd 2012

Facebook's Instant Personalization feature makes your privacy no longer yours. If this feature is enabled, data about you and your Facebook friends will be shared with Facebook's partner sites. This is to create a personalized Web experience when you visit these sites. It might sound cool, personalized web experience is not a bad idea, however the privacy issue that comes with it is something many people would prefer to avoid.

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Google adds Do Not Track button to Chrome, Really?

Feb. 25th 2012

The global media covered Google's announcement to add Do Not Track button to Chrome.

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The 'Do Not Track' header, what is that?

Feb. 24th 2012

As the discussion around the support of 'Do Not Track' by Browsers is heating up (finally), many consumers are asking what is that the Browsers are going to support and is it really going to help.

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The White House unveiled an online privacy proposal

Feb. 23rd 2012

The White House unveiled an online privacy proposal intended to allow Web users to easily opt out of being tracked on the Internet.

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Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and AOL back US 'consumer privacy bill of rights

Feb. 23rd 2012

The Obama administration gets a support from tech giants as they all plan to issue voluntary guidelines and commit to 'Do Not Track' technology. Finally.

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Consumers turn to do-not-track software to maintain privacy

Dec. 29th 2011

The USAToday reports on a big jump in usage of anti-tracking tools by consumer. The FTC called for a Do Not Track mechanism that would enable Internet users to request not to be tracked. And Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., proposed a Do Not Track bill that would compel companies to heed such requests.

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Lawmaker introduces online do-not-track bill

Feb 12th 2011

The Do Not Track Me Online Act, introduced by Representative Jackie Speier, would direct the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to create standards for a nationwide do-not-track mechanism that would allow Web users to opt out of online tracking and the sharing of consumer data among online businesses.

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