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Social media etiquette for Jim Carrey (and everyone else)

What Jim Carrey needs to know about social media privacy

Jim Carrey has apologized for tweeting a photo of a child without asking for permission. He's not the first!

The Big Data picture - just how anonymous are "anonymous" records?


You know those "anonymous surveys" you may have filled in?

They don't tell anyone it was you.

Or do they?

Uber: We accessed reporter's private trip info because she was late

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Responding to Senator Al Franken's questions about its privacy policies, Uber says it accessed a reporter's account because "she was 30 minutes late" to a meeting and an executive wanted to know when she'd show up so he could meet her in the lobby.

Uber taken to task over anti-journalist privacy debacle

US Senator Al Franken grills Uber on anti-journalist privacy debacle

After Uber's bumpy privacy-related ride this week, US Senator Al Franken has sent a letter to Uber CEO Travis Kalanick with 10 pointed questions about the company's lackadaisical approach to privacy.

Google plans YouTube clean-up, ready for kid customers


The new services reportedly will include a dashboard for parents, a child-safe YouTube, and a new age requirement on Android gadgets. This might be a good thing. Can you imagine a YouTube that won't make you feel like you need a shower after a viewing session? Then this might be a bad thing. Helloooooo, micro-data-mining!

Monday review - the hot 17 stories of the week


Catch up with everything we've written in the last seven days - it's weekly roundup time.

Google stops data-mining students' email

Google stops data-mining students' email

The same goes for all Google Apps customers. The rest of us Gmail users are still going to be data-mined up the wazoo, of course.

Google sued for data-mining students' email


The suit charges the company with surreptitiously building profiles of students by scanning their email in order to target advertising at them.

PRISM: 50% of Americans approve of NSA's internet spying program


Half of Americans approve of their government's collection of telephone and internet data as part of anti-terrorism efforts even though they believe PRISM goes further than they have been told.

Facebook Photo Sync: Nine things you should know

Facebook Photo Sync: Nine things you should know

Facebook has introduced a new feature for iPhone, iPad and Android users which means you can automatically sync any photos you take on your mobile device with your Facebook account.

Here's what you should know before you enable the feature.

Facebook scans private messages to inflate the "Like" counter on websites


Facebook has confirmed that it's registering all URL shares as Likes to a website. That means we're all adding to a website's Facebook Like glow, whether we want to or not, when we alert friends to URLs via private Facebook conversations.

How Facebook catches would-be child molesters by analyzing relationships and chat content

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Law enforcement is hailing Facebook for using its little-known data monitoring technology to spot a suspicious conversation about sex between a man in his early thirties and a 13-year-old girl from Florida.

SSCC 84.66 - RSA conclusion, award winners, HB Gary and big data

SSCC 84.66 - RSA conclusion, award winners, HB Gary and big data

Chet and Duck say goodbye to San Francisco, thank their fellow bloggers for Naked Security winning the Best Corporate Security Blog, discuss their favorite stand and talk a bit about how "big data" plays with security.

The FBI vs the FTC: the battle for user privacy in social media

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An interesting juxtaposition: the FBI's quest for a social media data mining application vs. the FTC taking Facebook and Google to task over privacy transgressions. Should the agencies settle it via Jello wrestling?