Cookie law crumbles as UK warns it will miss deadline

New EU regulations set to come into force in May could damage businesses' competitiveness, a UK trade body has warned. But never mind - it'll be months before anybody has to comply with the rules.

Beijing wants to monitor your cell phone

A hot topic in the United States is the issue of technology and privacy. Whether it’s Facebook, location-based check-ins, or sharing GPS information, privacy is a much debated topic.

Facebook to release phone numbers, addresses to third-party developers

Facebook is reportedly moving forward with plans to provide third-party developers and external websites with access to the home addresses and cellphone numbers of its members.

New TSA scanner protects passengers' modesty

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has caved in to public outcry about its intrusive body scanners, and developed new software that affords paseengers a little more privacy.

Mozilla proposes Do Not Track HTTP header

Mozilla is considering introducing a 'Do Not Track' feature into Firefox, allowing users to opt out of online behavioral advertising (OBA).

Facebook backtracks over user addresses

Facebook - a little taken aback - has temporarily disabled a feature allowing developers to access users' home addresses and phone numbers.

Adobe gives users more control over Flash cookies

Adobe's moved to improve the privacy settings for Flash cookies - or local shared objects (LSOs), as it prefers to call them.

Apple sued over data tracking

An iPhone user has launched a lawsuit against Apple, accusing it of allowing applications to gather personal information without users' consent.

Doctor-patient relationship compromised by Facebook

Doctors on Facebook risk compromising the doctor-patient relationship because many don't use tight enough privacy settings.

Court rules to protect email privacy

The government has been told that it must have a valid search warrant before seizing and searching emails.

Britain rules on Street View data-gathering

Britain's privacy watchdog, the Information Commissioner's Office, has reached a conclusion about Google's illegal gathering of Wifi data with its Street View cars.

FTC lets Google off the hook over Street View data gathering

The FTC has closed its investigation into Google's unauthorized collection of customer data with its Street View cars, concluding that the company's now taken adequate steps to make sure it doesn't happen again.

Facebook apps leaking user data, says report

Many of Facebook's most popular apps are sharing user data with third parties, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

Almost all US kids have photos online before their second birthday

There's no privacy nowadays for even the tiniest members of society, with a survey revealing that eight out of ten children have some sort of online presence before they reach two years old.

Privacy campaigners welcome Facebook Groups

As expected, Facebook's made a major overhaul of the site, in a move which has been largely welcomed by analysts and privacy campaigners.

Canada closes Facebook privacy investigation... and opens another one

Canada's privacy commissioner Jennifer Stoddart says she's completed her review of Facebook's privacy practices - but that the company's introduced so many new features since she began that she's going to have to start all over again.

Google fires engineer for stalking teens

Google's confirmed that it's fired an engineer for privacy violations.

RFID: another attack on our privacy?

Radio-frequency identification tags. They are small, controversial, and they have been around for decades.

Google pays up to settle Buzz security lawsuit

Google's agreed to pay $8.5 million to settle a class action lawsuit over claims that its Buzz social networking service violated users' privacy, and has agreed to further simplify its privacy policy.

Has Apple gone too far?

It is now old news that Apple is considering developing new components in their devices that would allow them to spy on their users. It started several weeks ago when Apple filed the patent for the new components.