The Week in Privacy – November 13 , 2009

Social Networking Site Tagged Pays $500,000 to Settle Privacy Violations

New York had accused of sending more than 60 million emails stating that friends had sent some photos, which in fact did not exist, and that recipients were told to sign up for to access them. The company would then use these contacts to send out more misleading emails.


Big Companies Sign Draft Privacy Agreement at Conference in Madrid

At an annual gathering of data protection officials in Madrid, attended by more than 50 countries and 100 representatives and – significantly – some of the biggest corporate data gatherers including Google and Facebook, experts signed off on a draft agreement for basic international data protections.


The Council of the European Union Set to Require Web users to consent to Internet cookies
But once the law goes into effect, users must provide consent to cookies being stored on their computers, meaning that they could be bombarded with annoying pop-ups or pages asking for permission. The new legislation does offer an exception for when a cookie is “strictly necessary.”


Survey: Online users becoming less anxious privacy

Concerns over security in everything from online shopping and banking to safety from computer viruses, as well as national security along with personal and financial security, were significantly down over what was recorded half a year ago for populations in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium, Brazil, Netherlands, Spain, Australia and New Zealand.


UK Information Commissioner's Office Reports 'Unacceptable' level of data loss

The number of incidents of loss or theft of personal data has risen to an "unacceptable" level in the past year, the privacy watchdog has warned.

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