Facebook lets you keep your friends private after criticism

Facebook's new privacy controls remain a work in progress a full 24 hours after release and months after they were announced. Responding to criticism over making its users' Friends Lists public, Facebook is

Published on: December 14th, 2009 David Coursey

Facebook makes you think about privacy settings

Facebook is asking all of its 350 million users to review their privacy settings after releasing new tools, tweaking the privacy settings page and doing away with regional networks. It’s the latest change

Published on: December 10th, 2009 Brian Jackson

Privacy training a must for frontline workers, says Ann Cavoukian

Offering frontline workers training in privacy policies and practices is absolutely crucial, says Ann Cavoukian, Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner."Privacy and data security are of no use if they remain at the executive

Published on: November 19th, 2009 Nestor Arellano

Google’s Latitude service improved but still provokes paranoia

Google has added new features to its Latitude location mapping and tracking service, allowing users to see where they have been and automatically be alerted (warned?) when friends are nearby."One of the most

Published on: November 17th, 2009 David Coursey

Remote healthcare shouldn’t breach personal privacy, says Cavoukian

Remote healthcare technologies will become increasingly important as Canada's ageing population chooses to live at home instead of checking in at the seniors' home. But those technologies must be built to protect individual

Published on: November 13th, 2009 Brian Jackson

Hackers hijack hundreds of Facebook groups to make a point

An anonymous group calling itself "Control Your Info" has taken over hundreds of Facebook groups to highlight what it claims is a major security weakness on the social networking site. Facebook downplayed the

Published on: November 12th, 2009 Jaikumar Vijayan

Be aware of 5 Ps when posting to Facebook, says Ontario Privacy Commissioner

"Be very proactive about protecting your online privacy," Ann Cavoukian is urging young people across the province. Ontario's Information and Privacy Commissioner -- as part of her outreach campaign -- has visited several

Published on: November 9th, 2009 Joaquim P. Menezes

Experts question security of Canada’s e-passports

E-passports – which Canada began issuing in January this year – could expose users to data theft and other privacy issues, security experts say.Canada's e-passports are part of a global effort to establish

Published on: October 19th, 2009 Nestor Arellano

Medical students post confidential patient data on social sites

Future doctors are too frequently putting inappropriate postings and sometimes confidential patient information on social sites like Facebook and Twitter, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Published on: September 29th, 2009 Sharon Gaudin and David Ramel

Social networks ‘leaking users personal info’ to ad companies

Many major social networking sites are leaking information that allows third party advertising and tracking companies to associate the Web browsing habits of users with a specific person, researchers warn. That's the conclusion

Published on: September 27th, 2009 Jaikumar Vijayan

Eight exceptional things you can do with Internet Explorer 8

Internet Explorer 8, the latest update to Microsoft's venerable Web browser, introduces several features intended to provide greater security and ease of use. New security settings in IE8 allow for more privacy, new

Published on: September 21st, 2009 Logan Kugler

Facebook commits to year-long global privacy overhaul

Facebook has agreed to Canada's Privacy Commissioner's recommendations, but it will take a year to do so.The Palo Alto, Calif.-based social networking Web site will make changes to its privacy policy, and will

Published on: August 28th, 2009 Brian Jackson

Lawsuit demands banks divulge information about hack attacks

Anti-spam company Unspam Technologies Inc. filed a lawsuit on Wednesday aimed, in a somewhat roundabout way, at forcing banks to divulge any information they might have about hacking activities affecting their customer accounts.The

Published on: August 25th, 2009 Jaikumar Vijayan

How to get the most out of Facebook’s new search tool

Facebook rolled out changes to its search engine yesterday that let you query the service for status messages and other pieces of content that people post to the social network. The move reflects

Published on: August 14th, 2009 C.G. Lynch