EU Chews on Web Cookies

Seeking to be a leader in protecting online privacy, the European Union last year passed a law requiring companies to obtain consent from Web users when tracking files such as cookies are placed on users’ computers. Europe’s effort to regulate online “cookies” is crumbling, exposing how tough it is to curb the practice of tracking […]

Websites Rein In Tracking Tools

Major websites are moving to limit the number of tracking technologies like “cookies” spreading on their sites, hoping to keep lucrative data about visitors for themselves—and avoid privacy risks. More sites are counting the number of tracking tools—software that can clandestinely monitor people’s activities online—that are being installed on the computers of people who visit […]

Facebook Pledges Steps on User Data

Facebook Inc. told lawmakers it had taken steps to prevent the sharing of personal information about users, including temporarily suspending certain applications from its site. That came after The Wall Street Journal reported recently that certain applications on Facebook were sending users’ ID numbers to marketers, in violation of Facebook’s policies. The lawmakers sought details […]

Buyers Beware! Facebook User IDs were sold to broker.

Some developers at Facebook Inc. were placed on a six-month suspension because they sold identifying user information to a broker, according to a post on the company’s blog. Palo Alto-based Facebook said on its developers’ blog that it discovered some instances where a data broker was paying developers for user IDs. More Information For more […]

Could Facebook be bluffing on search-engine plans?

Facebook this week announced a major partnership with Bing. Your Facebook connections now affect the search results delivered by Microsoft’s search engine. The update means that a box will be added to Bing search results showing relevant Web links that have been “liked” by your Facebook friends. What’s more, when you search for a name, […]