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Victory! Verizon Agrees to Publish Transparency Report (Updated)

Victory! Verizon Agrees to Publish Transparency Report (Updated)

By Nicole Ozer, Technology & Civil Liberties Policy Director, ACLU of Northern California at 9:59am
UPDATE: AT&T announced today that it will also release a transparency report! We are very pleased that both AT&T and Verizon are finally going to break their silence. We all deserve to know when and why our personal information is being handed over to the government and it was time for these companies to release transparency reports. We will be carefully reviewing the information that the two companies intend to include in their transparency reports and work to ensure that forthcoming reports provide the transparency expected by shareholders and customers.

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…

Facebook Privacy in Transition - But Where is it Heading?

By Nicole Ozer, Technology & Civil Liberties Policy Director, ACLU of Northern California at 2:43pm

(Originally posted on Daily Kos.)

The next time you log onto Facebook, you'll be thinking about privacy: how private are your photos, friends, status updates, and personal details, and how public do you actually want them to be?

In…

Verizon Begins to Clear the Air With First Transparency Report

Verizon Begins to Clear the Air With First Transparency Report

By Nicole Ozer, Technology & Civil Liberties Policy Director, ACLU of Northern California at 4:29pm

We are very pleased that following our shareholder proposal, Verizon released its first transparency report today. We applaud Verizon for finally making it clear how much information is being demanded by the United States government without a warrant,…

Online Privacy Law Turns a Quarter of a Century Old Today

Online Privacy Law Turns a Quarter of a Century Old Today

By Nicole Ozer, Technology & Civil Liberties Policy Director, ACLU of Northern California at 4:31pm

Today, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) turned 25. Technology has come a long way. Unfortunately, the law hasn't kept pace.

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…

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…

Please Join Authors, ACLU in Opposing Google Book Search Deal

By Nicole Ozer, Technology & Civil Liberties Policy Director, ACLU of Northern California at 4:25pm

(Originally posted on Daily Kos.)

A coalition of authors and publishers, represented by the ACLU, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the Samuelson Law, Technology, and Public Policy Clinic at the University of California Berkeley School…

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