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Drunk on Friday night? Then YOU probably DIDN'T spot Facebook's privacy tweak

Facebook updated its privacy policy on Friday – a day traditionally chosen by politicians and football managers who are keen to bury bad news. While the planned tweakage was widely reported in November, the change came into effect on 30 January with little in the way of reaction from users [sorry, people] on the free-content …
Kelly Fiveash, 1 Feb 2015

Google forced to – wah! – OBEY the LAW with privacy policy tweaks

Google has agreed to change its privacy policy to comply with the Data Protection Act following an investigation by Blighty's watchdog into the company's harvesting of personal information. The giant ad broker was slapped by the Information Commissioner's Office back in July 2013 for being "too vague" when describing how it …
Kat Hall, 30 Jan 2015
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Google must free us from 'invisible web of our personal data' – DPA

Dutch data protection watchdogs have warned Google it will face fines of up to €15m if it doesn’t alter its privacy policy. In 2012, the search giant “consolidated” the privacy policies for 60 of its services including Google Search, YouTube, Gmail, Picasa, Google Drive, Google Docs and Google Maps, thereby combining personal …
Jennifer Baker, 15 Dec 2014

Google appeals against French data watchdog over privacy policy fine

Google has appealed against France's data protection watchdog, which said last week that the ad giant had failed to comply with its privacy laws - the result was a paltry, yet maximum, fine of €150,000. French newspaper Le Figaro reported today that Google had opposed the sanctions from Commission Nationale de l’Informatique …
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Jan 2014
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Google tickled with TINY fine from French privacy watchdog

Google's failure to comply with France's data protection law over the ad giant's 2012 privacy policy tweak has landed it with a minuscule fine of just €150,000. In September, Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL) warned Google that it would face a monetary penalty after it refused to comply with the …
Kelly Fiveash, 8 Jan 2014
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Google fined by Spanish data watchdog over audacious privacy tweak

Google has been fined a piddling €900,000 for three separate breaches of Spain's Data Protection Act. The country's information watchdog (AEPD) said that Google had "impeded" the exercise of its citizens' rights, after the ad giant controversially revised its terms and conditions for netizens in March 2012 - despite a public …
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Dec 2013

Underage teens' Facebook posts are still FACE ACHE ads ... bitch

Facebook is making it clearer than ever to its users that their social media mutterings will continue to be crammed with ads. Last Friday, the Mark Zuckerberg-run company updated some of the wording of its Ts&Cs, after first proposing the tweaks in the summer. "We proposed these changes because we thought we could improve the …
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Nov 2013
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French data cops to Google: RIGHT, you had your chance. PUNISHMENT time

Google has declined to make required changes to its privacy policy, France's privacy watchdog said today. The French data cops added that they will slap the ad giant with sanctions. The Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL) - on behalf of the European Union's Article 29 Working Party - headed up an …
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Sep 2013

UK data cops to Google: You've got three months to sort out privacy

Google has been ordered by Britain's data watchdog to make changes to its privacy policy within the next three months, or else face a possible fine for failing to comply with the Data Protection Act. The Information Commissioner's Office said late on Thursday: We have today written to Google to confirm our findings relating …
Kelly Fiveash, 5 Jul 2013
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Data cops: Facebook privacy plans must be 'modified'

Two privacy campaign groups have urged Facebook to rethink plans to change its terms of service, designed to help the social network squeeze more money out of ads. Meanwhile data regulators have stated that the plans will have to change so as to comply with privacy rules. The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and …
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Nov 2012
The Register breaking news

Google, French watchdog to hook up over privacy

Google will meet CNIL next week to chat about the French regulator's ongoing concerns over the web giant's revamped privacy policy. The Commission Nationale de l'Informatique (CNIL) is looking into the Chocolate Factory's newly streamlined privacy policy because it has said it is unsure if it conforms to EU laws on data …
The Register breaking news

Google’s privacy policy: Incoherent and confusing

Comment: Google’s new combined Privacy Policy (March 2012) has been widely criticised by privacy professionals and Data Protection Authorities (in particular the CNIL – the French Data Protection Authority). However, so far the reasons for this criticism have been made in general terms. Here is a more detailed explanation. Google’s …
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Google rolls out privacy policy, snubs Euro outcry

Google has defended its decision to combine around 60 of its privacy policies into one simplified document that makes it clear that users of the company's products and services will be more uniformly tracked by the Chocolate Factory. The search giant debuted its revised terms of service today, after announcing in late January …
Kelly Fiveash, 1 Mar 2012
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Google tramples over Euro data protection law – French watchdog

Google is hours away from changing its terms of service for its users, just as French data protection authority CNIL once again urged Larry Page's company to postpone its planned cut-and-shut tweak to its privacy policies. It said in a letter (PDF) to Page that CNIL's "preliminary analysis shows that Google's new policy does …
Kelly Fiveash, 29 Feb 2012
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Apple, Google, RIM plaster privacy warnings on prying apps

Mobile software that meddles with your sensitive info must have privacy polices and must display them clearly, California's Attorney General Kamala Harris declared yesterday in a statement agreed by all major app sellers. Under the new rule, anyone downloading a program from Apple, Android, RIM, Windows, HP or Amazon stores …
Anna Leach, 23 Feb 2012
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Google spews out 'privacy' email to Sky punters too

Sky users have joined Virgin Media subscribers in receiving emails directly from Google about its new privacy policy. Sky customers received the email from the Chocolate Factory warning them about the controversial changes to its privacy policy, which was quickly followed by an email from Sky about the error. "We understand …
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US lawmakers question Google over privacy policy

Google is insisting that its new privacy policy will still give its users control, after criticism in a letter from US members of Congress. The lawmakers wrote to Google to express concern that users wouldn't be able to opt-out of the new data sharing system when using Chocolate Factory products. "We believe that consumers …
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Twitter revamps privacy controls, 3rd-party app access

Third-party Twitter applications will have to ask users' permission before processing their private messages following a change in the company's permissions policy. Twitter users often use applications (apps) designed by third-party companies to send and receive private messages on Twitter. Twitter will now force some …
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