The Federal Trade Commission is changing how it applies the Child Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA) to encompass social networks and smartphone applications. With this new implementation, the FTC is also enhancing what it considers in the type of information collected by kids’ applications and social network as personal. Applications and websites geared toward children will have to get parent’s permission before pictures, video or location data can be collected.Oddly, in contrast to some earlier harsh words the FTC had for Apple, Google and Microsoft, the regulatory body exempted app stores from responsibility for privacy violations by the apps they sell. Advertisements that are placed on social networks will only have to be in compliance with COPPA if they “know” that the data being collected targets children. The same would apply for software on social networks that use a “Like” or “+1” which may, in-turn provide data to … [Read more...] about Child privacy law expanded by FTC, covers social networks and apps
By Pete Cashmore2007-01-06 08:21:59 UTC A study of the personal data posted by MySpace teens is getting some interest today, since it seems to show that MySpacers are more privacy-conscious that the newspaper scare-stories usually assume. The research by the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire showed that 91% of users under 18 didn't post their full names, while 40% of MySpace teens keep their profiles private. The percentage of private profiles isn't at all surprising, since under 13s can't sign up at all, and those that enter an age of 14 or 15 are automatically given private accounts. But the study also showed that 5% posted photos of themselves in bathing suits or underwear, and 15% of the profiles showed the user's friends in bathing suits or underwear, which could still be considered a problem. We know that the popular photo host Photobucket (and perhaps ImageShack, too) monitors the images uploaded and removes anything considered offensive, and we assume that MySpace do … [Read more...] about MySpace Teens are Privacy Savvy?
The Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Loss for Words exhibit is part of its annual Next Wave art festival, a celebration of visual arts, theatrical works, music, dance, and film. The theme of this year’s exhibit is the emergence of visuals as the primary mode of communicating rather than the written word — or, as the exhibit’s guide puts it: “a basic shift in our culture, from text-based communication to one where images are the dominant tool of expression.” Going into the exhibit during its Monday night opening reception, I sort of thought it was going to be about memes or reaction GIFs or red baseball caps. It was much dreamier. Sculpture artist Corey Escoto installed frames made of resin and LED lights around the windows of BAM’s Fisher building. Inspired by night-lights — described in the exhibit guide as “a consoling beacon in the dark unknown” — the frames are inscribed with non-sequiturs like “privatize me … [Read more...] about How one artist’s ‘encrypted’ paintings memorialize the concept of privacy
A week after the fitness app Strava came under fire for exposing sensitive military locations through heat maps, some Strava users are complaining that one of the app’s popular features has been temporarily disabled. The app’s Segments feature, a popular tool that lets outdoor fitness enthusiasts create public segments of their workouts that others can search for and compete against, appears to be working intermittently. According to users on Reddit, trying to create a new workout segment in the app leads them back to Strava’s main dashboard, rather than allowing them to create the segment. One user said they submitted a ticket to Strava’s customer support, and was told that the company was reviewing certain features to “ensure they cannot be compromised by people with bad intent,” a re-hash of a larger statement that the company offered to users last week. Other users in the same thread say that well-known local segments are no longer showing up … [Read more...] about Strava users, in midst of privacy problems, are reporting that one of the app’s top features has been disabled
A district court in Belgium ruled that Facebook is indeed violating EU’s privacy laws with its "shadow tracking" of users across the web. Unless the company changes its behavior, it will have to pay 250,000 euro ($310,000) a day in fines. Facebook’s Difficult Time In The EU Two years ago, Facebook emerged as the victor in a lawsuit launched by the Belgium Privacy Commission against the company for violations of EU privacy laws. The Commission accused Facebook of tracking both users and non-users of its platform across the web via the “datr” cookie. Facebook has for years said that the datr cookie wasn’t meant to track users across the web, and when it got caught twice doing it anyway, the company said it was only a bug and that it would be fixed. However, in the lawsuit at the time, Facebook argued that it has to use the datr cookie to track everyone for security purposes. Facebook argued that it could use the datr cookie to identify PCs infected by … [Read more...] about Facebook Loses Belgium Privacy Lawsuit