The Week in Privacy and Online Safety, August 6, 2012

The Week in Privacy and Online Safety, August 6, 2012
A weekly global roundup of online safety news, policy developments, research, and influence

General Online Privacy
News (Canada) – Netflix changes privacy policy, Toronto Star, July 30, 2012

News (U.S.) – Amazon’s recommendation secret, Fortune, July 30, 2012

News (U.S.) – Microsoft charts own path on privacy, Chicago Tribune, Aug. 2, 2012

News (U.S.) – Quora Will Now Publicly Show Who Has Read a Post, All Things Digital, Aug. 1, 2012 

General Online Safety
News (U.K.)- UK enforces Pegi video game ratings system, BBC News, July 30, 2012

News (U.S.) – Facebook and YouTube Offer Guidelines to Help Schools and Parents, PBS, Aug. 2, 2012

Research (U.S.) – Studies show cyberbullying concerns have been overstated, USA Today, Aug. 4, 2012

Advertising & Search
Research (France) – Why Johnny Can’t Browse in Peace: On the Uniqueness of Web Browsing History, Aug. 2012

News (U.S.) – 69% of Mobile Phone Users Get Text Spam, ABC News, Aug. 2, 2012

News (U.S.) – Mobile phone carriers can collect, share location data, Manchester Union Leader, Aug. 4, 2012

Social Networks
News (U.S.) – Middle School ‘Mean Girls’ Face Felony Charge For Fake Facebook Account, Forbes, Aug. 1, 2012

Blog (U.S.) – Our approach to Trust & Safety and private information, Twitter Blog, July 31, 2012

News (U.S.) – Facebook: 8.7 percent are fake users, CNet, Aug. 1, 2012

Legislation & Regulation
News (U.S.) – Cybersecurity Bill Dies Under Weight of Partisan Bickering, The New York Times, Aug. 2, 2012

News (U.S.) – FTC proposes tougher COPPA kids privacy rules, The Washington Post, Aug. 1, 2012

News (U.K.) – ICO: Certification of service providers is great, but it won’t help you in court, The Register, July 30, 2012


— Compiled by David Burt, CISSP, CIPP

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