Google’s Director Of Privacy Alma Whitten Steps Down


As Forbes first reported this afternoon, Alma Whitten, Google’s director of privacy for product and engineering, has decided to step down from her current position. Google has now confirmed this.

They had a Director of Privacy? Google? Was she on permanent vacation?

Nearly 35% Of Android Apps In China Secretly Steal User Data


Earlier this week, the Data Center of China Internet (DCCI) released a report (h/t Tech In Asia) that showed nearly 35 percent of the Android apps it surveyed were secretly stealing user data unrelated to the app’s functionality. The DCCI, a research institute, looked at 1,400 apps downloaded from different app markets and found that 66.9 percent were tracking users’ private data, with 34.5 percent collecting information that had no connection to the app’s usage.

Really secure.

Mark Zuckerberg’s sister becomes victim of Facebook privacy issues


Randi, who is a former marketing director of Facebook, posted a photo to her Facebook page showing her family’s reaction to the new Poke app that was released last week, and According to Buzzfeed, a friend of a friend saw the photo and reposted it on Twitter, which turned a semi-private moment into a very public affair.

Criminals use Facebook and Tumblr to push Chrome extensions that can access all your website data


As Webroot notes, the real danger is the malicious Chrome extension, which once installed, has access to all your data on all websites, as well as access to your tabs and browsing history. The Facebook event and Tumblr links are merely used to trick users into thinking the extension will do what they want; all the URLs in question look legitimate since they are hosted on the aforementioned sites.

Facebook is blue, keep it that way and avoid a headache.

Japanese Android developers arrested for infecting 10 million users

The Hacker News:

Japanese police arrested five mobile applications developers for creating and embedding a virus into smartphone applications. According to The Metropolitan Police Department, Intial reports said that about 90,000 smartphones  users were infected with a virus lurking in applications they downloaded, But later they found that developers stole more than 10 million pieces of personal information from users mobile.

Open indeed. Via LoopInsight

Japanese Android developers arrested for infecting 10 million users

Google adds ‘Do Not Track’ to latest Chrome test build


Google adds ‘Do Not Track’ to latest Chrome test build

Facebook will now really delete your pictures.

Ars Technica:

It has been more than three years since Ars first started covering Facebook’s inability to remove “deleted” photos from its servers, but this particular saga appears to be coming to an end. The company told Ars that its new photo storage systems are in place and are now deleting photos within a reasonable period of time, which we were able to independently confirm.

Then again, if the photo is not the kind of photo you would like to stay there forever, you shouldn’t put it there in the first place.

Facebook will now really delete your pictures.

Ladies: 8,000 Creeps on Reddit Are Sharing the Nude Photos You Posted to Photobucket


Have you ever uploaded a nudie shot to Photobucket — one of the web’s largest, and oldest, image-hosting sites? If you did, you probably kept it private, right? So only its intended recipient could see it, and it wouldn’t get found and spread all over the internet?

Yeah, there’s a good chance some 8,000 creeps have seen your naked photo on Reddit.

Come on people, it’s 2012. If you have something you want to keep private, don’t post it anywhere on the internet. No matter how private you think the settings are. Anything can be hacked. 

I guess common sense is not that common.

Ladies: 8,000 Creeps on Reddit Are Sharing the Nude Photos You Posted to Photobucket

Google agrees to pay $22.5M for Apple browser breach

Washington Post:

Google Inc. agreed to pay a record $22.5 million to settle allegations by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission that it breached Apple Inc.’s Safari Internet browser.

The fine, the largest ever the FTC has levied against a company, represents the first by the agency for a violation of Internet privacy as the agency steps up enforcement of consumers’ online rights.

Chump change.

Google agrees to pay $22.5M for Apple browser breach

Google admits it did not delete Street View data


Google Inc said on Friday it had not kept its promise to delete all the personal data, such as emails, its Street View cars collected in Britain and other countries in 2010.

What else is new.