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How to Customize and Perfect Your Facebook Privacy Settings

Privacy is, without question, the number one concern of virtually every Facebook user. We tend to share a lot on the social network, but we don't necessarily want everyone peering into our lives -- especially not the co-workers, family members and ex-flames scattered throughout our lists. When Facebook unveiled its new Open Graph and Instant Personalization services earlier this year, these...

NY Judge Says Facebook Posts Can Be Used as Court Evidence -- Even if They're Private

Facebook users in New York may have an entirely new reason to mind their online p's and q's, thanks to a state judge's decision to allow private Facebook posts as court evidence. As Forbes explains, the Suffolk County, New York case involved a woman who was personally injured after falling out of an office chair in 2003. Claiming that the incident was due to the chair's defective construction,...

Google Lets Germans Erase Their Homes on Street View

In response to protests from privacy advocates in Europe's most populous country, Google is now allowing Germans to completely erase their homes from the company's Street View feature -- but only for a limited time. In an unprecedented move, Google has decided to give Germans until September 15th to fully "opt-out" of Street View. Should a German user choose to nix the service, which is...

Teacher Fired After Criticizing Colleagues, Parents on Facebook, We Say 'Duh'

Share Here's a great way to get yourself fired: logging onto Facebook, and letting the world know how much you hate your job -- and the people you work for -- especially if you work with kids. That's exactly what Dr. June Talvitie-Siple did, and it totally worked. Dr. Talvitie-Siple, supervisor of the math and science program at Massachusetts's Cohasset High School, recently used the social...

Facebook Login Loophole Reveals User Names and Profile Pictures

Share A recently discovered loophole on Facebook could reveal your personal information to complete strangers. And, for the moment, there's nothing you can do about it. As CNET explains, the loophole arises from one of Facebook's quirky log-in features. Usually, if you enter your e-mail address along with an incorrect password, Facebook will automatically open an error page, where you can try...

Mark Zuckerberg's Illuminati-Like Hoodie Reveals Facebook as the Cult That It Is

At last week's D8: All Things Digital conference, Facebook CEO found himself sweating bullets while being grilled onstage by the Wall Street Journal's Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher. It got so bad, in fact, that Swisher felt compelled to ask him if he was OK, and suggested that he perhaps take off his trademark hoodie. "I never take it off," Zuckerberg reportedly replied. When he realized how...

Facebook Privacy Issue Used in California Primary Attack Ad

Facebook's been on the receiving end of a lot of bad press lately, thanks in large part to its morally nebulous privacy policy. But apparently, the site has become so universally hated that politicians are now using it as a weapon to attack their electoral opponents. Two weeks ago, we reported on Kamala Harris, a popular Democrat running for the office of California's attorney general and her...

Facebook's New Privacy Guide Explained

Share Responding to user backlash, Facebook today unveiled its overhauled Privacy Controls. On first look, it's a radically different set of tools with a redesign control setup than what you're used to. The now "classic" granular settings are still in place, but a new set of umbrella options lets you quickly change several options at once as a first line of privacy defense. The strategy appears...

Most Web Browsers Leave Your 'Fingerprints' All Over the Web

When it comes to the Internet, we'd all like to think that we're more flying squirrels than slugs, gliding seamlessly over the Web without leaving so much as a shadow of a trail behind us. But, in reality, we've all had to resign ourselves to the hard truth that no matter how hard we try, we're pretty much guaranteed to leave some sort of digital slime, er... footprint as we surf. According to a...

Potential Employers Go to Google, Facebook to Dig Up Dirt on You

We already knew that employers and hiring managers do Web-based during the job-hiring process. There's enough anecdotal evidence out there that you probably didn't need to read Microsoft's study that found 70-percent of U.S. hiring managers rejected applicants based on their online activities. But that tidbit of information is pretty useless unless you know where they're looking (though you...