At its core, privacy is the agency individuals assert over what information about themselves they share and to whom they share that information. Online, concerns about privacy manifest themselves everywhere—from surveillance by government agencies like the NSA and the FBI to corporate data-collection by tech companies like Facebook and Google.
Congress members stumped over SOPA
Some prominent members of Congress recently professed technological ignorance when discussing the Stop Online Piracy Act.
Upvote: This week on Reddit, fighting SOPA and saving lives
Redditors won a battle against a hated piece of legislation and did some good deeds.
Are all Brits really drunk on Facebook?
We have our suspicions, but we'll raise a glass nonetheless to a new survey claiming to show rampant inebriation among British Facebook users.
Facebook settles with Federal Trade Commission
After a two-year investigation, Facebook finalized a settlement deal with the Federal Trade Commission today that will lead to greater oversight and transparency.
European Commission may limit information that Facebook collects
Facebook is being scrutinized for the type of private information it collects on users.
Data Point: Our data, ourselves
In a new column, Data Point, The Daily Dot's editor-hacker considers the meaning of the trails of data we leave behind online.
Like? Facebook users must agree to share information
A settlement deal with Federal Trade Commission leads to a significant policy change for Facebook.
Occupy Portland mugshots are raising a ruckus on Facebook
Supporters of the protest movement are criticizing Portland police for violating privacy. But is that really the issue?
Facebook users don’t care so much about privacy
A new poll by USA Today/Gallup says regular Facebook users don't really care that much about privacy.
A class-action lawsuit Facebook won’t like
Lawyers are seeking class-action status for a lawsuit that charges Facebook with improperly tracking users across the Web.
One-quarter of American adults avoid social networks
Time, security, and privacy are among the top reasons one quarter of American adults cite for shunning social networks in the age of Facebook.
Smile: You’re in an ad (like it or not)
LinkedIn didn't tell you you might be featured in an ad. Users have figured it out and they're not happy.
Facebook privacy rumors spread
A rumor about changes to Facebook privacy settings is racing around the social network.
Exempt yourself from online background checks
Remove your records from online background check services. Here's how!
Barring the gate for trolls
A new "block" feature for private messages should make things harder for those who seek thrills by annoying users on Reddit, the social news site.
Zynga teaches you about privacy through a game
Social gaming site Zynga creates a game to teach folks about their privacy
Crotch-shot confession: How Anthony Weiner hacked himself
For more than a week Rep. Anthony Weiner called the appearance of a picture of his clothed penis on Twitter a "hack" or a "prank." On Monday, he admitted that he sent that picture and more.