Data breach is the Exxon Valdez of privacy

By Michael Fertik
April 6, 2011

Crews clean up the oil soaked beach on Naked Island in the Prince William Sound, on April 2, 1989, after the oil spill caused by the Exxon tanker Valdez.   REUTERS/Mike Blake- Michael Fertik is the founder and CEO of Reputation.com, an online privacy and reputation management company. He is a member of the World Economic Forum Agenda Council on Internet Security and recipient of the WEF Technology Pioneer 2011 Award. The opinions expressed are his own. -

Lawsuits will pressure Apple and Google to protect user privacy

By Kevin Kelleher
December 28, 2010

On December 17, the Wall Street Journal published an investigative story that detailed how popular iPhone and Android apps like Pandora, The Weather Channel and Angry Birds breach user privacy. Less than a week later, the first lawsuits were filed.

Privacy regulation and the “free” Internet

By Adam Thierer
December 23, 2010

Adam Thierer is a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. The views expressed are his own.

Why Web Giants would benefit from a ‘do not track’ policy

By Kevin Kelleher
December 2, 2010

The Federal Trade Commission has issued a report recommending that browsers include a “Do Not Track” mechanism that would allow people to surf the web without sites collecting and sharing data about their activities. In the same way that the “Do Not Call” list hampered that ability of some (but alas, not all) telemarketers to interrupt our dinners with unwanted calls, the idea sounds like bad news for web sites that target ads based on such data.

Should you trust Facebook with your email?

By Michael Fertik
November 19, 2010

INTERNET-SOCIALMEDIA/PRIVACY- Michael Fertik is the CEO and Founder of ReputationDefender, the online privacy and reputation company. The views expressed are his own. -

Sun Valley – Google’s Larry Page: Stop stressing about search data privacy

July 9, 2010

LarryPage at SunValley 2010Hey you Mr. Privacy Nut,

Google co-founder Larry Page has a message for you: Stop worrying about how data about your Web searching habits might be abused. Your search data is there to serve a greater good.

Google walks into privacy Buzz-saw

February 12, 2010

Google touted its 176 million Gmail users as a key advantage in its latest attempt to break into the red-hot social networking market, dominated by the likes of Facebook and Twitter. But email may turn out to be Google’s Achilles heel.

Facebook privacy backlash in FTC’s hands

December 18, 2009

The grousing about Facebook’s recent privacy changes is now an official complaint.

Google: Don’t Fear the Cloud

November 5, 2009

Google doesn’t want you to be afraid of the cloud.

The company announced a new feature on Thursday that lets people view all the personal information they’ve entered into Google’s sundry Web-based products over the years.