Google Launches Behavioral Advertising System, With Impressive (But Not Quite Perfect) Privacy Controls

Today, Google announced its long-awaited behavioral targeted advertising program. Building from its acquisition of DoubleClick, Google's new ad system -- which it refers to as "interest-based advertising" -- will use cookies to track users across the multitude of sites that…

Recent Activities in the Online Behavioral Advertising Privacy Sphere

There's been a flurry of activity in recent weeks related to the privacy concerns of online behavioral advertising. Earlier this month, TRUSTe released a whitepaper designed to help online businesses assess and better understand their own privacy practices related to…

Facebook’s Zuckerberg on Increasing the Streams of Personal Information Online

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was interviewed at the Web 2.0 Summit, and he revealed few key insights into his attitude towards the fact Facebook has spurred an increase in personal information flows online. In short -- and in line with…

Global Network Initiative Promises to Protect Privacy and Freedom of Expression Online

A collection of information and communication companies, advocacy groups, and academic centers have announced the formation of the Global Network Initiative, aimed at protecting free expression and privacy on the Internet on a global scale. From the announcement: In an…

More On the “Anonymity” of the Facebook Dataset – It’s Harvard College (Updated)

(See my update at the bottom of the post, as well as Fred Stutzman's thoughtful analysis) As mentioned the other day, a group of researchers from the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University released a dataset of…

On the “Anonymity” of the Facebook Dataset (Updated)

(Updated below with responses to comments by Jason Kaufman, one of the lead researchers on this project) (Another update: I'm pretty sure the "anonymous, Northeastern university" from where this dataset was derived is Harvard College. Details here) A group of…

Poll Reveals Amercians are Concerned about Online Privacy, but Grossly Misinformed

On the heels of the recent Pew study concerning cloud computing and privacy, Consume Reports has released a poll revealing that most Americans are very concerned about what is being done with their personal information online. Some highlights: 72% are…

Facebook *Really* Wants You to Use Beacon (Updated)

Remember Beacon? That a pervasive tool Facebook created for tracking, collecting, and publishing user purchasing habits across the Web? After enough uproar, Facebook was kind enough to offer users a way to opt-out of this surveillance assemblage. Well, I was…

Use of cloud computing increasing, despite privacy concerns

Pew Internet and American Life project released a new study revealing that 69% of online Americans rely on "cloud computing" for many of their communication and productivity needs, including web-based email, online data storage and file sharing, or software programs…