Google apologizes, modifies Buzz to protect user privacy

Google apologized on Saturday, saying it has made several changes to its new social-networking application Buzz to allay privacy concerns.Google's Buzz, which debuted last week, is closely entwined with its Gmail service. The

Published on: February 17th, 2010 Jeremy Kirk and Barbara Krasnoff

Microsoft updates validation tool to detect more piracy methods

Microsoft is releasing a smarter tool to detect whether your version of Windows 7 or Vista is the real deal, but you don't have to use it if you don't want to.Windows Activation

Published on: February 12th, 2010 Brian Jackson

Buzz off — Why you won’t want Google Buzz following your contacts

A day after its launch, privacy concerns have been raised about Google's new Gmail-based social-networking tool, Buzz.At issue is a feature that compiles a list of the Gmail contacts who users most frequently

Published on: February 12th, 2010 Robert McMillan and Sharon Machlis

Ease of use — not looks — focus of Facebook’s homepage redesign

Facebook, still the social network of choice by the young, started rolling out a new homepage design late Thursday focusing on the top menu and left column. Unlike previous overhauls that focused on

Published on: February 8th, 2010 Ian Paul

Facebook slams critics of $9.5 million privacy lawsuit settlement offer

Facebook has come out swinging at those opposing a settlement offer it made last year in a privacy lawsuit involving the social networking company's controversial Beacon behavioral tracking service. Under the offer made

Published on: February 5th, 2010 Jaikumar Vijayan

TTC tests video encryption tech that stops Big Brother from peeping

Karl Martin isn't abashed to show off surveillance camera footage of himself sauntering through an underground Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) corridor. The president of newly-minted Toronto firm KMKP Engineering is twinned on side-by-side

Published on: February 4th, 2010 Brian Jackson

Ontario privacy commissioner admonishes Facebook

Ontario's Information and Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian has harsh words for those not making privacy a priority -- namely Facebook and public organizations in Ontario that neglected to encrypt sensitive data.Facebook failed to

Published on: January 29th, 2010 Brian Jackson

Free anti-spam and malware tool for Facebook

Are you getting tired of clearing out all those spam messages from your blogsite's comment section? You're not alone.  A recent survey released by online security software company Websense Inc. says that nearly

Published on: January 22nd, 2010 Nestor Arellano

Canada’s privacy watchdogs turn spotlight on technology

Privacy commissioners at the federal and provincial level are both honing their approach to the challenges of protecting personal information rights in a digital age. Technology is often seen as either a way

Published on: January 21st, 2010 Brian Jackson

Is Google really fed up with censorship and spying in China?

Google’s very thinly veiled intimations of pulling out of the world’s largest Internet market highlights the issue of industrial espionage that trouble’s many foreign firms doing business in China.  The search engine giant

Published on: January 13th, 2010 Nestor Arellano

The decade of convergence and the (n)ever-changing risk landscape

A full decade after convergence was hailed as the next big thing, right around the turn of the millennium; this elusive concept is making a comeback. The difference is that we now have

Published on: January 6th, 2010 Claudiu Popa

Why Privacy is Good for Business

While I often speak about the fallacy of the zero-sum argument that privacy must be sacrificed for the sake of security, I wanted to take the opportunity to also argue against a prevailing

Published on: January 4th, 2010 Ann Cavoukian

Security expert stunned at bank’s fraud prevention practices

Checking out of a Hilton hotel in London, security expert Roger Thompson was told his Visa card had been declined due to suspicions it was stolen, a situation that only got more disconcerting

Published on: December 16th, 2009 Ellen Messmer and Joaquim P. Menezes

An Introduction to Privacy by Design

I have always argued that privacy is the foundation upon which democracy is built. Our right to control the collection, use and disclosure of information about ourselves is the right upon which our

Published on: December 16th, 2009 Ann Cavoukian