Deemed legal in Germany, and gets off with a small fine for 'spying' in France.
A German court has ruled that Google (GOOG) Steetview is legal. A German woman had sued the Mountain View, California company stating that she fear that photos of her, her family and the front of her house would be posted on Google Street View and would thus violate her property and privacy rights.
The court ruled that it MORESeth Weintraub - Mar 21, 2011 6:36 PM ET
A Wall Street Journal investigation caught smartphone apps sharing information with advertisers about users' age, gender, location, political views and even sexual orientation
Grindr is a free social networking application for Apple's (AAPL) iPhone, iPad and iPod touch that uses the devices' geolocation technology to help gay and bisexual men see photos, chat with and hook up with partners that happen to be nearby.
What Grindr's more than 1 million users may MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 18, 2010 8:12 AM ET
Some users are worried the new Tag Suggestions feature further erodes at their privacy. Here's why it won't.
Facebook took the next step in revamping its photo services this week with the launch of Tag Suggestions, a facial recognition feature that scans faces in your photos and offers up suggestions of who they are from your list of friends. Currently being tested with a small, undisclosed group of users, Tag MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Dec 16, 2010 3:07 PM ET
A drop in the bucket for the search behemoth.
Google today settled the class action lawsuit it earned when it launched Google Buzz without any privacy controls. Google Buzz is a social networking tool similar to Twitter that allows users to share information with their connections. In order to jumpstart users' social graph, Buzz users were automatically, and publicly, linked to people they often Gmail-ed with. That made for some embarrassing connections.
Google (GOOG) MORESeth Weintraub - Nov 2, 2010 4:39 PM ET
How the largest social network can pursue both its own objectives and its customer needs.
by Inder Sidhu, contributor
No. 6 on the list of "Most Hateable Companies Not Named BP"?
Ouch. That's got to hurt.
So how did Facebook, a destination of choice to more than 500 million people, get cast in such a poor light? The same way a lot of technology companies falter: it made a false choice that it never MOREOct 18, 2010 12:42 PM ET
Facebook's "Groups" refresh takes a slide from one participant in Fortune's privacy redesign bake-off.
When Facebook Groups launches, users will have more control over privacy and sharing with the ability to grant subcircles of friends customized access to post updates and media without the need for friends' approval or confirmation.
Privacy issues aside, we applaud Facebook for giving its hundreds of millions of users these new features. But if eagle-eyed Fortune readers MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Oct 11, 2010 1:01 PM ET
In theory, it sounds like a no-brainer. In practice, such a government-run registry could do more harm than good.
The Internet is an awesome free-for-all of services and content. It's also a terrifying space, one where bits of information about who you are and what you're doing continually float around like cyber flotsam and jetsam, only to be picked apart by outside parties for their own devices. As a result, privacy MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Aug 24, 2010 2:19 PM ET
A half hour with Google's President, Global Sales Operations and Business Development.
You don't have to travel very far down the Google Executives page to find Nikesh Arora, he's just below the founders and CEO Eric Schmidt. That tells you how important his views are to Google (GOOG). Last week while visiting India, he gave a three part interview in which he portrayed the company as sticking to its roots as MORESeth Weintraub - Aug 16, 2010 9:42 AM ET
The company still has no outside lobbyists even as it faces mounting privacy probes. Is Facebook's Washington strategy too little, too late?
By Anna Palmer, contributor
A recent political attack ad from Democratic candidate Kamala Harris for California attorney general blamed her opponent Chris Kelly, who also happens to be Facebook's former chief privacy officer, for designing the site's "condemned" privacy policies.
"Chris Kelly released your private information," the ad warned over ominous background MOREJun 9, 2010 12:29 PM ET
We might think Zuckerberg's system isn't simple enough – but at least he has one.
When I was in the seventh grade, I had a crush on an eighth grader and documented my secret love on a scrap of paper. Somehow it ended up in the possession of my obnoxious classmate, Myiia, who refused to give it back.
A vice principal got involved when he saw us arguing in the hall. After MOREJon Fortt - May 28, 2010 3:28 PM ET
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