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Facebook and privacy: Walking the tightrope | The Economist

A FEW years ago, Facebook was forced to retreat from a new service called Beacon. It tracked what the social network’s users were doing elsewhere …

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The New Facebook: How to Take Control of Your Privacy

Facebook took a huge step toward ubiquitous sharing with its new timeline and sharing features. And it rightfully creeps some …

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Facebook: Sharing it all | The Economist

AT FACEBOOK, they like to call it “Zuckerberg’s Law”. This is the notion, promoted by Facebook’s founder, Mark Zuckerberg, that the amount of stuff that people share roughly doubles every year. The social network is certainly doing its utmost to ensure that folk end up revealing more about themselves, whether they like it or not. On September 22nd Facebook, which now has over 800m users, unveiled a couple of significant changes designed to get people to share far more about their life histories and their …

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Protect Our Right to Anonymity – NYTimes.com

N November, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case that could redefine the scope of privacy in an age of increasingly ubiquitous surveillance technologies like GPS devices and face-recognition software.

The case, United States v. Jones, concerns a GPS device that the police, …

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Stanford Hospital Patients’ Private Data Was Posted Online – NYTimes.com

A medical privacy breach led to the public posting on a commercial Web site of data for 20,000 emergency room patients at Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto, Calif., including names and diagnosis codes, the hospital has …

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Upending Anonymity, These Days the Web Unmasks Everyone – NYTimes.com

Not too long ago, theorists fretted that the Internet was a place where anonymity thrived.

Now, it seems, it is the place where anonymity dies.

A commuter in the New York area who verbally tangled with a conductor last Tuesday — and defended herself by asking “Do you know what schools I’ve been to and how well-educated I am?” — was publicly identified after a fellow rider posted a cellphone video of the encounter on YouTube. The woman, who had gone to N.Y.U., was ridiculed by a cadre of bloggers, one of whom termed it the latest episode of “Name and Shame on the Web.”

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F.B.I. Giving Agents New Powers in Revised Manual – NYTimes.com

he Federal Bureau of Investigation is giving significant new powers to its roughly 14,000 agents, allowing them more leeway to search …

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Sarah Palin emails: Palin emails underscore polarizing effect – latimes.com

Thousands of pages of Sarah Palin’s emails while she was governor of Alaska provide an up-close view of her efforts to intensely monitor both state business and her portrayal in the media while stumping the country as part of the 2008 Republican …

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Sarah Palin emails: Selection as vice presidential nominee sparked jubilant exchanges between governor, staff – latimes.com

The email account of Aug. 29, 2008, the day John McCain announced Palin as his running mate, tells a tale of jubilant shock and amazement from …

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Sarah Palin emails: The Alaska archive – Los Angeles Times

The archive will continue to grow. Documents will appear as The Times scans pa per re cords and posts electronic copies on line. All emails will ul ti mately be scanned and avail able be low in a search able archive. The Times is pub lishing the e mails ver batim, as re leased by …

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