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Verizon draws fire for monitoring app usage, browsing habits

"We're able to view just everything that they do," Verizon Wireless exec has boasted. Privacy groups say initiative -- including linking databases showing whether customers own pets -- may violate wiretap law.

By October 16, 2012


SOPA's latest threat: IP blocking, privacy-busting packet inspection

A little-noticed section of the Stop Online Piracy Act could require deep-packet inspection and blocking IP addresses of copyright-infringing Web sites, a significant change from earlier versions.

By November 18, 2011


NebuAd suspends Web-monitoring plans

Secretive start-up reportedly puts on hold controversial plans to display ads based on the monitoring of Web activity.

By September 3, 2008


Embarq pressured by politicians over NebuAd

Three House members who have questioned the concept of Web monitoring to display relevant ads are questioning DSL provider Embarq. Their concern: Why not require customers to opt in?

By July 25, 2008


NebuAd grilled over hot coals in Congress on privacy

Start-up engaging in deep packet inspection to deliver relevant advertisements faces hostile questioning by politicians who demand an opt-in standard instead of NebuAd's current procedures.

By July 17, 2008


Politicos press Facebook CEO over privacy flap

Congressmen Ed Markey and Joe Barton, who targeted Apple and Google before, now want Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg to answer some pointed privacy questions.

By October 20, 2010


Senators fail to agree on privacy approach

During marathon hearing, politicians worry about everything from Facebook to peer-to-peer software, spam, NebuAd, cancer patients, and advertising, with no consensus on what to do next.

By July 28, 2010


FTC asked to probe Street View privacy snafu

Two of Google's chief congressional critics are asking the Federal Trade Commission to look into whether the inadvertent collection of Street View Wi-Fi data violates the law.

By May 19, 2010


FBI wants records kept of Web sites visited

Internet providers should keep logs for two years, says head of FBI's digital evidence section. But what about the practical and privacy issues?

By February 5, 2010


Year in review: Snooping gets sanctioned

In 2008, the immunization of companies assisting NSA wiretaps became a hot-button issue, as did P2P network monitoring.

By December 18, 2008