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Dutch government: Google's use of user data 'forbidden by law'

11/28, 3:43pm

Agency demands prior consent

The Dutch Data Protection Authority has declared that Google's data-collection methods violate the country's privacy regulations. The agency has focused on the company's unified privacy policy, established early last year, which enables user data from various products and services to be combined.

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Facebook meeting European privacy guidelines, avoids fines

09/21, 8:08pm

More work needed; work on privacy overhaul continues

Facebook has passed a review by the governing body that regulates the social network's privacy policy and failures ouside of North America. Ireland's Data Protection Commissioner ordered Facebook to conduct a privacy overhaul for its users outside the United States and Canada after an investigation found its privacy policies were too convoluted and lacked transparency to governing agencies and users.

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Trend Micro releases Smart Surfing for Mac

04/22, 2:55pm

Smart Surfing /Mac ships

Trend Micro has launched Smart Surfing for Mac, offering identity and personal data protection when users shop, bank and explore online. The software blocks IM and e-mail links that lead to dangerous websites, guarding against phishing scams aimed at grabbing confidential information. Parental controls are included, which can restrict access by content, limit IM and chat access or block sites parents deem off-limits.

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