Social Media ‘Explosion’ Spurs Children’s Privacy Review

The “rapid-fire” pace of mobile technology and the “explosion” in social media has warranted a review of an existing federal rule protecting children’s online privacy to make sure it is adequate, the Federal Trade Commission told a Senate panel today. Congress passed the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) in 1998, directed at the unique privacy and safety risks associated with children under 13 accessing the Internet. The FTC’s COPPA rule took effect in 2000.

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Facebook Beware: FTC’s New Focus is on Consumer Data Privacy

Even before a group of U.S. senators asked the Federal Trade Commission to look into Facebook’s new sharing platform with third-party sites, the agency had declared that data security and privacy have become a central focus of the agency’s consumer protection mission. FTC’s Acting Chief Privacy Officer Kellie Cosgrove Riley even held a one-day boot camp for federal officials on top legal privacy issues.

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Facebook Privacy: Should FTC Set Social Media Guidelines?

When Facebook first revealed it would share personal profile information with third-party partner sites, users and privacy advocates voiced concerns and anger. Now a U.S. Senator wants the Federal Trade Commission, the agency that protects consumers from advance-fee schemes, deceptive marketing practices and credit card scams, to consider if federal guidelines are necessary to protect social media site users from privacy violations.

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Blippy Tally: 8 Users’ Credit Card Data Breached

The tally of exposed credit card accounts is up to 8 for Blippy, the new Twitter-like social site that has been coping with a public relations crisis and a privacy breach that caused a wave of users to ask for their accounts to be deleted over the weekend. Blippy said it could not confirm that all eight accounts were exposed in search results, but it reached out to the 8 individuals to “assist them in resolving any issue that may arise,” according to today’s update from Ashvin Kumar, Blippy co-founder and CEO.

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Blippy: ‘Subset’ of Users’ Credit Card Info May Still Be Exposed

Blippy’s nightmare scenario of having its users’ credit or debit card numbers exposed – in a limited number of Google searches so far – is not over, a co-founder said today, after yesterday’s reported inadvertent search-engine breach of four accounts. A fifth user’s information was discovered in search results today, apparently from the January-February time period. And now Blippy is saying that a “very small subset” of users have the potential of having their information come up in searches.

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Facebook Launches New Levels of Sharing Across Web

If you go to a news site, you can see the articles your friends liked or those from the same site your friends shared. And if you go to a concert venue site, you’ll quickly be provided your favorite band’s tour dates. Facebook is spreading the sharing of interests among its users across the web and enhancing the personalized experience in a new platform made public today.

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Facebook, YouTube Use Adds to Concerns of I.T. Managers

More business internet traffic goes to Facebook at the workplace, and YouTube takes up the most bandwidth, according to a study by Network Box, the security services provider. Network Box analyzed 13 billion URLs used by businesses in the first quarter of 2010, reporting that 6.8 per cent of all corporate internet traffic goes to Facebook – an increase of 1 percent since the last quarter of 2009.

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Twitter to Debut Advertising as ‘Promoted Tweets’

Twitter’s long-anticipated entry into advertising has arrived with the micro-blogging giant’s slow roll-out of “Promoted Tweets,” a platform that will “resonate with users,” said co-founder Biz Stone. The four-year-old, San Francisco-based social media site is already one of the most popular and best known destinations on the Internet, but had yet to come up with a Google-like advertising model to back up its vast venture capital infusions.

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