Israel gives go-ahead to Street View

Israel's Justice Ministry has given the green light to Google's Street View cars, which will start capturing images of Jerusalem as soon as next month.

German state bans Facebook 'Like' button

The German state of Schleswig-Holstein has ordered organizations to remove the Facebook 'Like' button from their websites and shut down fan pages.

Groupon successfully sells its mobile location plans to Congress

Congress has been grilling Groupon about its controversial mobile location plans, which include sharing more information with its partners.

LinkedIn may be using your photo for adverts

Following a recent - and very quiet - update to its privacy policy, LinkedIn has started using members' names and photos in advertisements by default.

BlackBerry hacked as UK riots rage on

As word of Mark Duggan's controversial death spread over BlackBerry Messenger and various social networking sites, civil unrest ensued with violent riots breaking out in the streets of London and other British cities.

On BlackBerry Messenger and the London riots

Every time anything newsworthy happens, concerned citizens take to social networks like Facebook and Twitter, spreading text, images and videos.

TSA moves to less-revealing body scans

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is now rolling out new software nationwide that gives far less revealing body scanner images.

Online shoppers pay more when privacy guaranteed

An ingenious study has found that online shoppers - often thought to be motivated primarily by cost - are, in fact, often willing to pay extra to buy from vendors with strong privacy policies.

Senators propose law to limit location tracking

Two US senators have put forward a bill requiring companies to get permission from mobile users before sharing their locations data with others.

Report: Chinese government installs spying devices on Hong Kong cars

Beijing is allegedly using audio spying devices on dual-plate Chinese-Hong Kong vehicles to gather information.

EU privacy probe looms for Facebook

Facebook is facing a privacy probe by watchdogs in the European Union who are criticizing the site for what they believe is a blatant disregard for personal privacy.

Facebook snags two former Bush aides

The hiring of two former Bush aides is expected to help Facebook accelerate its lobbying and public policy efforts on Capitol Hill.

Bill would let parents control kids' Facebook pages

A new bill under consideration in California would force Facebook and other social networking sites to remove personal information on childrens' accounts at their parents' request.

Disney subsidiary disclosed kids' personal information

An online virtual world company owned by Walt Disney has been ordered to pay $3 million after it was found to have collected and disclosed personal information on more than a million children.

Twitter account exposes celebrity gagging orders

A controversial legal tool in the UK used to protect celebrities' privacy has been defied by a single Twitter user who is posting details of a series of alleged indiscretions.

Couple claims rental firm spied on them with webcam

They say the walls have ears - but what if your hire-purchase PC has eyes, and reports what it's seen back to the rental company?

Yankees leak private info of 17,000 fans in epic email fail

In an epic fail, a Yankees employee accidently emailed the private information of not one, not two, but 17,000 season-ticket holders to hundreds of people.

Opinion: Michigan cops imposing a digital police state

Michigan State Police are accused of stealing driver’s cell phone data on routine traffic stops. Michigan has become a digital police state.

Mobile app makers probed over privacy concerns

Federal prosecutors in New Jersey are investigating whether certain smartphone applications illegally obain or transmit information about their users without proper disclosure.

Privacy campaigners lay into Skype

Campaigning group Privacy International is accusing Skype of putting its users at risk through a series of security holes.