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FTC wants to fight cookies with cookies in new "Do Not Track" scheme

The Federal Trade Commission issued a report yesterday outlining what it feels must be done to ensure the privacy of the average netizen. Key points of the initiative include making consumers much more aware of what they're agreeing to when it comes to their privacy, and instituting a "Do Not Track" scheme that could use cookies to ward off other cookies. The first thing they want to change is...

The time has come for me to say goodbye to Facebook too

Jason Clarke did it first, and now I feel the time has come for me to say goodbye to Facebook. For me, it started getting creepy when I kept getting status updates from people who are not even my friends, and who have no idea they're broadcasting their status to "friends of friends". Sure, you can control that through the privacy settings. But how many people actually know all 170 privacy...

Facebook 'doppelganger' craze is illegal

Yup, through the wonders of copyright law, the doppelgänger meme currently sweeping across Facebook is actually illegal and breaks the Facebook terms of service. If you don't use Facebook (??), or you haven't logged in during the past week, the 'doppelganger' thing is all about replacing your profile photo with your celebrity look-alike. Harmless, you might think, but the Facebook TOS...

Google green-lights extension which clearly violates its own policies

When Google opened the doors to its Chrome Extensions Gallery the other day, there were some interesting questions to be answered: Would ad blockers be allowed? What about YouTube downloaders? They're some of the most popular Firefox add-ons, but it looked as though Google wasn't about to let them in to its own Gallery. In their program policies for the Extensions Gallery, Google states "We...

Facebook users approve new privacy policy

Facebook made a promise earlier this year to listen to user input about any changes to its terms of service and privacy policy, and so far they've followed through. Facebook opened up a comment period on an update to the privacy policy earlier this month, and now the users have spoken and approved the changes. During the process, the Facebook Site Governance fan page doubled its membership,...

Twitter tweaks terms of service, may be paving the way for ads

The Twitter team just announced changes to the site's Terms of Service with a mass email and a blog post. The thrust of the post, written by Twitter's Biz Stone, is that not much has changed. The change deal with spam, use of Twitter's APIs, ownership of tweets, and the possibility of Twitter advertising, and Biz's description of them is peppered with phrases like, "as we've said before" and...

Facebook Tightens Grip on Status Updates

Facebook announced the next round of changes and additions to their "Statement of Rights and Responsibilities," -- the terms of service document that governs -- the popular social networking website. The document has received some criticism in the past (ahem). One of the more interesting changes? Users are now prohibited from using their Facebook profile for direct profit. That means selling...

Facebook sez, "Don't mind us, we're just whoring out your photos"

Follow up: AllFacebook pointed out that this was a bit off the mark. The ad was created by a third-party advertising network using Facebook's API. Their post cautions "Facebook continues to let third party ad networks use your photos as well, and making the privacy setting changes outlined in this viral message will not remove your photos from third party ad networks." How do you feel about what...

Facebook adopts new principles, asks for user feedback

After a move to draconian terms of service that included taking ownership of practically all user content, Facebook caught such a big backlash from users that it had to roll back to the old terms. Now Mark Zuckerberg has posted on the Facebook blog with some info about how Facebook will handle its terms of use going forward. The plan is to proceed according to some new "principles" and solicit...