Google greatly expands its targeted ads, but thankfully it’s opt-in

You may be seeing a prompt from your Google account soon -- it's to ask if you want to opt-in for a new advertising feature that would make ads even more relevant. Google also has a new My Activity page that lets you control how your data…

Judge: Don’t expect privacy if you leave your phone at a crime scene

According to a U.S. District judge, if you committed a crime and left your phone at the scene while running away, you are not entitled to any "reasonable expectation of privacy." The relevant trial will take place next year.

Apple's differential privacy won't start until iOS 10 launches, and it will be opt-in

Apple unveiled a technique it is implementing in iOS 10 to boost user privacy when gathering data -- differential privacy. Apple didn't invent it -- in fact, Google has been using the technique in its Chrome browser since 2014.

Keep your Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde apart with this feature for multiple online personas

Mozilla is experimenting with a feature called Containers, which aims to separate business, personal, shopping, and banking in the web surfing experience. This way, users can safely access personal and business-based Facebook accounts…
Social Media

Social media account scoring by landlords and employers on the way

Score Assured will offer landlords and employers suitability reports of all social media accounts of prospective tenants or employees. Your friends, conversation topics, likes, comments and private messages will all be used to score your…

The FBI wants to know your internet browsing history

The FBI is pushing for expanded powers that would allow the agency to obtain a user's "electronic communication transactional record." An ECTR coalition comprised of Google, Yahoo, Facebook, and privacy organizations strongly disagree.

Yahoo becomes the first company to disclose secretive national security letters

Legislation introduced in the USA Freedom Act has allowed Yahoo to publish information pertaining to three National Security Letters the company was sent by the FBI.

Court: Law enforcement do not need a warrant to ask carriers for your location

A U.S. Circuit Court has just ruled that law enforcement do not need a warrant to ask carriers for your phone's location. The precedent comes after the House of Representatives just voted down a bill that aimed to regulate the same issue.

The FBI wants to read your emails without a warrant

The Senate Intelligence Committee has approved a bill that would give the FBI the ability to acquire consumer email communications, without needing a warrant to do so. It remains to be seen if the full Senate will give it the thumbs up…

FindFace is a new facial recognition app that could end public privacy

FindFace is a new facial recognition app that uses profile photos of Russia’s leading social network, Vkontake, to find their identity. The app, for iOS and Android, claims a 70-percent success rate.

Loose lips won’t sink Snips, a new Siri competitor that promises privacy

Artificial intelligence is already getting close, and we may be even closer with Snips. The mobile AI company has launched its AI platform for iOS, claiming to be the only technology of its kind that is “private by design.”

Online privacy worries increasingly keeping Americans off the internet, study says

A new sobering survey from the U.S. Department of Commerce suggests that Americans are so worried about the lack of privacy online that it's actually deterring them from using the internet. Does this mean the hackers have won?