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  • Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales: 'Right to be forgotten' is censorship

    What happens when you Google your name, and old, embarassing information appears in the results? You could ask the site in question to take it down, but if they say no, there's not much you can do--unless you live in Europe. An EU court recently issued a ruling on the "right to be forgotten," which says that, by request, Google and other search engines should hide links to web pages with "inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant," information. You can read more about this in our FAQ.

    Brian S Hall | 06 Jun | Read more

  • What Europe's new 'right to be forgotten' online means

    Can you really be forgotten on the Internet? The European Union (EU) believes so, and recently ordered Google, Bing, and Yahoo to make it happen. The court's decision could fundamentally remake search engines, impact journalism and lead to all manner of thorny issues related to censorship, privacy, and the public's right to know.

    Brian S Hall | 06 Jun | Read more

  • How to change your eBay password

    For all of eBay's talk about notifying users about its deep, devastating database breach--in which hackers swiped customer names, email addresses and physical addresses, phone number, date of birth, and yes, encrypted passwords--an official notification of the incident has yet to hit my inbox, and judging from reactions on Twitter, I'm not the only one being left in the dark.

    Brad Chacos | 23 May | Read more

  • Assange at SXSW: 'Who really wears the pants in the administration?'

    Julian Assange doesn't use the blustering rhetoric you might expect from the founder of the activist publishing group WikiLeaks. Assange is responsible for leaking documents that have changed America's political landscape-- State Department cables and Iraq War logs--yet to a South by Southwest audience on Saturday, he spoke quietly and matter-of-factly even when uttering the most inflammatory statements.

    Caitlin McGarry | 09 Mar | Read more

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  • How to find out if someone has been snooping in your Gmail

    Your Gmail account probably contains some sensitive information--emails from your friends and family members, information about accounts for other services, candid pictures, you name it. What if someone else has been poking around in there? Fortunately, Google gives you the tools necessary to find out.

    Nick Mediati | 28 Jan | Read more

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