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Yahoo Pulse — The Plusses and Minuses for Privacy

By Nicole Ozer, Technology & Civil Liberties Policy Director, ACLU of Northern California at 5:05pm
Yahoo is making another attempt to move into the social networking space this week with the launch of “Pulse.”  It encourages users to share “Updates,” including comments on news items, pictures posted to Picasa, and other content shared on various Yahoo services with others — and makes it easy for anyone to track these updates. Here’s our quick take on Pulse’s plusses and minuses for privacy.

We Don't Want Simpler Controls—We Simply Want Control

By Nicole Ozer, Technology & Civil Liberties Policy Director, ACLU of Northern California at 5:11pm

Facebook has been taking heat for its recent privacy-unfriendly practices, from the "privacy transition" that took away privacy controls to "instant personalization" that instantly shares personal information with third party…

Run Privacy Upgrade — It's Time for Congress to Update ECPA

Run Privacy Upgrade — It's Time for Congress to Update ECPA

By Nicole Ozer, Technology & Civil Liberties Policy Director, ACLU of Northern California at 11:35am

Today, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties is holding its first hearing to discuss the woefully outdated Electronic Communications Privacy Act. (Did we mention that it was written in 1986?!)

The Time Has Come to Protect Reader Privacy

By Nicole Ozer, Technology & Civil Liberties Policy Director, ACLU of Northern California at 1:14pm

(Originally posted on the ACLU of Northern California's Bytes and Pieces blog.)

Today, Google and the authors and publishers who sued Google are hoping that United States District Court Judge Denny Chin will approve their settlement and allow…

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…

Your Life, Your Data. Or Is It?

By Nicole Ozer, Technology & Civil Liberties Policy Director, ACLU of Northern California at 12:01pm

(Originally posted on Daily Kos.)

When we update our status on Facebook, post those photos on Flickr, or shop for holiday gifts on Amazon, a whole lot happens behind the scenes. The more we do online, the more digital footprints we leave behind.…

Amended Google Book Settlement: Doesn't Deal with Privacy Problems

By Nicole Ozer, Technology & Civil Liberties Policy Director, ACLU of Northern California at 2:14pm

(Originally posted on the ACLU of Northern California's Bytes & Pieces blog.)

The Amended Google Book Search Settlement, filed with the Court on Friday, November 13, does not resolve the privacy concerns.

The ACLU, along with EFF…

ACLU Submits Statement to House Judiciary Committee on Google Books

By Nicole Ozer, Technology & Civil Liberties Policy Director, ACLU of Northern California at 3:16pm

The ACLU submitted a statement to the House Judiciary Committee for yesterday's hearing on Google Book Search:

The failure of the Settlement to include protections for book records and limitations on data collection, retention, use, and disclosure…

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…

Google Books Privacy Policy: Good Start, Much More Needed

By Nicole Ozer, Technology & Civil Liberties Policy Director, ACLU of Northern California at 8:15pm

Late yesterday afternoon, September 3, 2009, Google finally issued a privacy policy for Google Books, both the current service and the extensive new book-related services they hope to have a federal court approve in October.

While there are…

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