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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."

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.

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,…

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…

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…

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