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Judge Cites Privacy Concerns in Rejecting Google Books Settlement

By Nicole Ozer, Technology & Civil Liberties Policy Director, ACLU of Northern California at 10:52am
What you read says a lot about what you think and believe. That’s why the ACLU, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), and the Samuelson Clinic at the University of California, Berkeley, filed an objection to the proposed Google Book Search settlement on behalf of authors and readers concerned about inadequate privacy safeguards in the book service. Now a federal court has rejected that proposed settlement. In today’s court opinion, the judge wrote that "[t]he privacy concerns [with Google Book Search] are real."

FTC Joins the Online Privacy Chorus

By Nicole Ozer, Technology & Civil Liberties Policy Director, ACLU of Northern California at 4:56pm

Your online activities say a lot about you: what you like, where you go and even who you know. And companies are often eager to collect this kind of detailed information about you. So we’re pleased that the FTC has joined the chorus calling for…

Location Based Services: Time for a Privacy Check-In

By Nicole Ozer, Technology & Civil Liberties Policy Director, ACLU of Northern California at 4:56pm

Need to get directions when you are lost? Want to know if your friends are in the neighborhood? Location-based services—applications and websites that provide services based on your current location—can put this information and more in…

Facebook Application Privacy Breach Exposed

Facebook Application Privacy Breach Exposed

By Nicole Ozer, Technology & Civil Liberties Policy Director, ACLU of Northern California at 2:02pm

This past weekend, the Wall Street Journal reported that the most popular Facebook apps consistently share information about you and your friends with advertisers and other third parties, no matter what your privacy settings are.

Privacy and Safety Questions Loom Over Federal Program

By Nicole Ozer, Technology & Civil Liberties Policy Director, ACLU of Northern California at 1:45pm

The ACLU of Northern California (ACLU-NC) and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) are calling for answers to critical privacy and safety questions that loom over a controversial federal program to track preschoolers with radio frequency identification…

Don't Let Schools Chip Your Kids

By Nicole Ozer, Technology & Civil Liberties Policy Director, ACLU of Northern California at 11:03am

On Tuesday, preschoolers in Richmond, California showed up for school and were handed jerseys embedded with Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags. RFID tags are tiny computer chips that are frequently used to track everything from cattle to commercial…

ACLU Response to Facebook on Places

By Nicole Ozer, Technology & Civil Liberties Policy Director, ACLU of Northern California at 1:13pm

While the ACLU of Northern California and Facebook both agree that location information is very sensitive, we disagree that Places gives users adequate control of how and when to share this information. (Next time I visit my hometown, I’d…

Facebook Places: Check This Out Before You Check In

Facebook Places: Check This Out Before You Check In

By Nicole Ozer, Technology & Civil Liberties Policy Director, ACLU of Northern California at 10:20am

Following Facebook’s announcement today about its new location-based product, Places, here’s what the ACLU of Northern California has to say on the privacy front:

Facebook made some changes to its regular privacy practices to protect…

Facebook Responds to Open Letter — We Check the Facts

By Nicole Ozer, Technology & Civil Liberties Policy Director, ACLU of Northern California at 2:12pm

On June 16, ten of the nation’s top privacy organizations sent a joint letter to Facebook (PDF) detailing outstanding privacy concerns. Facebook’s response glossed over many of the critical points raised about necessary next steps. The…

Privacy Groups to Facebook — There’s More to Do

By Nicole Ozer, Technology & Civil Liberties Policy Director, ACLU of Northern California at 5:35pm

Wednesday, ten of the nation’s top privacy organizations, including the ACLU of Northern California, EFF, EPIC, and CDT, sent a joint letter to Facebook (PDF) calling for the social networking giant to fix remaining issues concerning user…

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