The attorney general represents the people of California in civil and criminal matters before trial, appellate and the supreme courts of California and the United States. The attorney general also serves as legal counsel to state officers and, … Read more
The more Google grows, the more it becomes a cause for concern for many people--and not simply its competitors. But should it?
On the one hand, Google has become a privacy bogeyman, dropping off the list of the top 20 companies trusted with customer privacy. Ironically, this has come at the same time that Google has upped its commitment to open data policies, which enable users to control their own data privacy policies. Are users suggesting that they can't trust themselves?
This abandonment of trust in Google also comes in the face of an ever-growing commitment within Google to … Read more
Citing privacy concerns, a group of Japanese lawyers and professors have asked Google to shut down its Street View feature of Google Maps in the country, according to a Reuters report.
"We strongly suspect that what Google has been doing deeply violates a basic right that humans have," said Yasuhiko Tajima, a professor of constitutional law at Sophia University in Tokyo and head of the Campaign Against Surveillance Society, in an interview with Reuters.
"It is necessary to warn society that an IT (information technology) giant is openly violating privacy rights, which are important rights that the … Read more
This free privacy programs lets you hide and lock your most sensitive files and folders, but we found its user interface counterintuitive and lacking password protection.
Easy File Locker has a very plain user interface. The black-on-white command buttons aren't the least bit eye-appealing. But more importantly, the large blank window gives the impression that you can drag and drop files, but that proved not to be the case when we tried it. When we selected the add file button, a window appeared with boxes already checked to allow access and visibility to files, as well as the capability … Read more
On a very special Buzz Out Loud, we discover that we, much to our surprise and chagrin, are the cause for the ongoing economic crisis in this country. Who knew? Also, of course, we dissect at length the news that Apple is pulling out of future Macworld Expo conferences after this year, and the even bigger news that Steve Jobs won't be giving this last keynote. Heartbreak ensues.Listen now: Download today's podcast EPISODE 874
Without Macworld, how will Apple create the buzz? http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-10124956-37.html http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2008/12/16macworld.html… Read more
Correction, 12:07 p.m. PST: This story misstated the number of companies on the "most trusted" list. It is a top 20 list. Update 1:19 p.m. PST: The top 20 list of companies was added, along with information about TRUSTe, which co-sponsored the survey.
Easy come, easy go.
Google has stepped off the top 20 list of the most trusted U.S. companies for privacy, according to a report in theSan Francisco Chronicle on Monday.
The Internet search giant was ranked No. 10 last year, but slipped off into the ether this year as the … Read more
When it comes to protecting consumer privacy, Americans in general trust financial institutions less than they did a year ago and tech firms more, according to a new survey that lists American Express as No. 1 for the third year in a row.
Auction site eBay rose from eighth place to No. 2, IBM remained in third, Amazon rose from fifth to fourth and HP jumped from 16th place to 6th. Apple (No. 8), Yahoo (No. 14) and Microsoft rose and Facebook broke into the top 20 for the first time. However, Google fell from 10th place. (The survey doesn'… Read more
A sleek, professional interface gives a good first impression, but this privacy tool caused big problems for our testers.
Content Cleaner for Vista scans your computer for questionable material. Its interface is well-designed and intuitive. It's a simple process to set up and perform a scan, whether you scan a preset area or create a custom search. The easy-to-understand command buttons for configuring the settings are prominently displayed on the left. To help speed up the searches, you can manually select the types of files you want to include in the scan, such as audio, video, and image files. … Read more
In Friday's podcast, corporate raider Carl Icahn recently bought up a lot more stock in his one-time target Yahoo, Facebook employees' internal stock sale gets derailed, Conde Nast cuts back plans for some new Web sites, and the BlackBerry Storm gets an update. Also, as part of an ongoing series about how the recession is affecting the tech industry, CNET News takes a look at how a recently laid-off IT consultant and his family are coping.Listen now: Download today's podcast
Today's stories:Icahn goes bargain basement hunting Facebook delays plan to let employees sell stock Report: Conde Nast putting site launches on hold… Read more
Since Flickr has just turned this feature on, all previous tags will simply get an "added by … Read more