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.: Facebook Prepares to Add Friends in Washington - 29th Mar 2011

"Facebook is trying to establish a presence in the nation's capital so it will be better prepared to fight future battles on issues like privacy. Barely seven years after it was born in a Harvard dorm room, Facebook, as much as any other company, is redefining the notion of privacy and transforming communications, media and advertising in the Internet age..."
[NY Times]




.: Disable third-party cookies in IE, Firefox, and Google Chrome - 15th Mar 2011

"European advertisers fear they will face a huge new obstacle this May when the European Union's Privacy and Electronic Communications Directive takes effect. The so-called Cookie Directive will require that users explicitly allow Web sites to leave cookies and other data on their machines, according to Raul Mendez on ChiefPrivacyOfficers.com..."
[news.com]




.: Data Mining: How Companies Now Know Everything About You - 12th Mar 2011

"Three hours after I gave my name and e-mail address to Michael Fertik, the CEO of Reputation.com, he called me back and read my Social Security number to me. "We had it a couple of hours ago," he said. "I was just too busy to call." In the past few months, I have been told many more-interesting facts about myself than my Social Security number..."
[Time]




.: Report: Malware-laden sites double from a year ago - 8th Mar 2011

"More than 1 million Web sites were believed to be infected with malware in the fourth quarter of last year, nearly double from the previous year, according to figures released today by Dasient. Malvertising, advertising containing malware, also is on the rise, with impressions doubling to 3 million per day from the third quarter of 2010..."
[news.com]




.: New net rules set to make cookies crumble - 8th Mar 2011

"The way websites track visitors and tailor ads to their behaviour is about to undergo a big shake-up. From 25 May, European laws dictate that "explicit consent" must be gathered from web users who are being tracked via text files called "cookies"..."
[bbc]






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