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FTC stops short of calling for new 'Do Not Track' law

Federal Trade Commission privacy report doesn't call for a Do Not Track law targeting Web companies. Instead it takes aim at third-party "data brokers" like Lexis Nexis and Choicepoint.

By March 26, 2012


Why 'data breach' isn't a dirty word anymore

Contrary to popular belief, data breaches don't necessarily sink a company, studies and survivors indicate.

By March 26, 2012


In the world of Big Data, privacy invasion is the business model

Apps snooping on your address book, sneaky ad cookies, and social networking are bad. But the real privacy demon is the shadowy data brokers slurping up every last byte about you.

By February 29, 2012


ChoicePoint to pay $275,000 in latest data breach

Data broker failed to notice that a key monitoring tool was turned off for four months, allowing unauthorized access and exposing data of 13,750 people, the FTC says.

By October 20, 2009


Who is Epsilon and why does it have my data?

Breach shines light on murky world of e-mail marketing outsourcers and how consumers don't know where their data is ending up.

By April 6, 2011


CNET News Daily Podcast: Bing gets social, new BlackBerry out

Microsoft's Bing links up with Twitter, Facebook; RIM unveils BlackBerry Bold 9700; and the first of many deep deals on Windows 7 surfaces.

By October 21, 2009


Claim forms stemming from ChoicePoint debacle go out

FTC is mailing forms to consumers who believe they were victims of identity theft.

By December 7, 2006


TCG spec to be foundation of storage encryption

Three new storage encryption standards were proposed by the Trusted Computing Group. Will they mean the end of software encryption?

By January 29, 2009


How 'carders' trade your stolen personal info

An executive whose company monitors the criminal underground tells how a person's "full" set of personal data can be sold via shady online forums for a mere $20.

By September 29, 2008


ChoicePoint to pay $15 million over data leak

Settlement with FTC over charges it broke consumer protection laws includes a record $10 million in civil penalties.

By January 26, 2006