Visibility of Googe’s Privacy Policy Depends on Where you Live

Following up on Google's recent decision (over the 4th of July holiday weekend) to sneak a link to its privacy policy onto its homepage and SERPs, Ted Byfield did a quick analysis of the realative visbility of the privacy policy…

Court Orders Google to Give All YouTube User Histories to Viacom

Video privacy be damned. Louis L. Stanton, a senior judge on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, issued an order (PDF) Wednesday requiring Google to turn over every record of every video watched by…

Google to “systematically” provide data on suspect Orkut users to Brazilian authorities

Social network services are increasingly being used in legal and criminal investigations. Google's social networking site Orkut, which is immensely popular in Brazil, is no exception. In 2006, I commented on Google's decision to comply with a Brazilian court order…

More Details on Yahoo’s New Ad Sales System, AMP!

Yahoo has issued a press release on their new ad sales system, AMP! that provided a few new insights into this "powerful new online advertising platform." The New York Times broke this story earlier, which I blogged about here. Interestingly,…

Yahoo’s New Ad Sales System to Include Behavioral Targeting

The New York Times is reporting details of Yahoo's forthcoming new advertising system which will allow targeting of ads based on users' online activities: Yahoo said the system, called AMP and still months away from being ready, would greatly simplify…

Proposed NY Law to Limit the Web Tracking also Requires Access to Data Collected

On the heels of growing public awareness of how "large Web companies are learning more about people than ever from what they search for and do on the Internet, gathering clues about the tastes and preferences of a typical user…

FTC Proposes Self-Regulatory Principles for Online Behavioral Advertising

On the heels of clearing the way for the Google-DoubleClick deal, and resulting from a recent meeting on behavioral advertising, the FTC today released a statement for comment on behavioral advertising: "Possible Self-Regulatory Principles for Online Behavioral Advertising" (PDF). In…