Google Inc., Facebook Inc. and other Internet companies expressing outrage over the National Security Agency intercepting their users’ data pioneered mining information about customers, sometimes without their knowledge.
Facebook Inc. Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg is to meet today with a commissioner of a U.S. agency asked to probe whether the social network is violating a settlement over its privacy practices.
Facebook Inc., Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and other companies planning to use facial-recognition scans for security or tailored sales pitches will help write rules for how images and online profiles can be used.
Facebook Inc.’s Instagram policy changes, announced yesterday, may let advertisers use teenagers’ photos for marketing, raising privacy and security concerns, said Jeffrey Chester, executive director for the Center for Digital Democracy.
Google Inc., owner of the world’s most popular search engine, is nearing an agreement to pay $22.5 million to settle a U.S. Federal Trade Commission probe over claims it violated user privacy on Apple Inc.’s Internet browser, a person with knowledge of the matter said.
The Obama administration’s proposal to protect consumers from online data-mining abuse by companies failed to include timelines for action and was met by some industry opposition, two factors that may derail the effort.
Online companies may face action by Congress to toughen U.S. privacy standards if they don’t do a better job of protecting the privacy of mobile device users, Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz said today.