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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 pages without the user's consent. In response, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg published an op-ed in the Washington Post today, claiming that Facebook has "heard the feedback" and now realizes that "people want easier control over their information." But we don't just want simpler settings that limit our choices and force us to share information broadly or not at all—we want real control, and we want it to be the default.
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on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties is holding its first hearing to discuss the woefully outdated Electronic Communications Privacy Act.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?!)

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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