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Civil Liberties in the Digital Age: Weekly Highlights (12/2/2011)

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A sinister internet graphic.
Caitlin O'Neill,
Criminal Justice and Drug Policy Associate,
ACLU of Northern California
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December 2, 2011

In the digital age that we live in today, we are constantly exposing our personal information online. From using cell phones and GPS devices to online shopping and sending e-mail, the things we do and say online leave behind ever-growing trails of personal information. The ACLU believes that Americans shouldn’t have to choose between using new technology and keeping control of your private information. Each week, we feature some of the most interesting news related to technology and civil liberties that we’ve spotted from the previous week.

Kindle Fire Draws Privacy Slam From Congressman [Information Week]
“A senior Congressman said Amazon is dodging questions about how it’s using what he called a ‘massive’ trove of information collected from Kindle Fire users.”

Facebook Is Abiding By Its Own Rules, Great! Now How About Good Rules For Everybody? [ACLU Blog of Rights]
Today, Facebook agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges that it deceived customers by failing to uphold privacy promises.

App sends user GPS data to ad firm [Daily Yomiuri]
“A smartphone application that gathers information on the location of its users was downloaded by more than 1.5 million people, and the data was sent to an advertising company in the United States, according to experts.”

The Department Of Homeland Security Wants All The Information It Has On You Accessible From One Place [Forbes]
“Now the Department of Homeland Security wants to create its own internal fusion center so that its many agencies can aggregate the data they have and make it searchable from a central location.”

Facebook faces a crackdown on selling users’ secrets to advertisers [Telegraph]
“The European Commission is planning to stop the way the website ‘eavesdrops’ on its users to gather information about their political opinions, sexuality, religious beliefs – and even their whereabouts.”

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