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Spam canned? Not if you’re in a political party like Clive

Your email address is not a closely guarded secret, and Clive Palmer (or anyone not selling something) is perfectly entitled to email you as often as he wants.

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On the record: do journos have access to your internet browsing history?

Online news publications are increasingly collecting data and browsing history from readers — including public figures. So what happens if a journalist had access to it?

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How to keep the NSA out of your email

What can you do to avoid the all-seeing eyes of the National Security Agency? Here are some tips, but the real answer is: not a whole lot.

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Australia’s quiet role in the NSA spying scandal

Australian and United States spy agencies could theoretically spy on their own citizens — but they promise they won’t.

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Did the Citizens Electoral Council buy your email address?

Fringe political party the Citizens Electoral Council has a history of emailing people who have never requested to be on a mailing list. How did it get these details? Student journalist Michelle Slater investigates.

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The Twitter alternative you might be willing to pay for

App.net went and changed the Silicon Valley orthodoxy with a paid, then “freemium”, model to threaten Twitter. But are we willing to pay for a better, more secure service?

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Is there really too much freedom of speech online?

Once again the old media have missed the point of privacy online, preferring to maintain their patch instead of focusing on issues such as data mining.

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You don’t care about Facebook privacy if it means staying a peeping Tom

Facebook fiercely protects the privacy of its users in their role of voyeurs, the removal of which would potentially cause a serious collapse in willingness of users to expose themselves, writes David Vaile of the Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre.

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Google snitch on WikiLeaks volunteer

Google’s decision to hand over a Wikileaks volunteer’s private data to the US government, without a search warrant, is certain to send civil libertarians into a tizzy, writes John Paul Titlow.

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From cradle to the grave: get a life on Facebook

Last week the King Farouk of social media platforms, Facebook, announced a raft of changes set to hit in coming weeks. Before you criticise, imagine the possibilities.

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Stilgherrian: there’s no way I’m handing over data to Google+

I’m no Luddite. But I flushed Facebook from my life more than a year ago because it simply wasn’t clear what they were up to. Google+ is really just Facebook with a Google logo.

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Is the concept of privacy passé?

The debate about online privacy has grown concurrently with the rise of global connectivity through social media platforms. Is privacy a thing in the past? The big problem is there is no universal standards, writes Eric Lagier.

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Another headline about Facebook privacy (or lack of it)

The most recent story about Facebook’s privacy regulation focuses on the unauthorised data scraping of 500, 000 facebook photographs by dating website lovely-faces.com, writes Shakira Hussein.

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Opt out: Google’s absurd and hypocritical “privacy” project

Google has generated international buzz for a new browser plug-in that supposedly enhances privacy. Absurdly, however, Google itself is the biggest perpetrator of the kind of tracking they are now claiming they can block, writes Ryan Tate.

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Online privacy dangers: they’re not what you think

Forget your drunken photos on Facebook. They already know about them, and you know they know. Don’t worry about tracking cookies either. It’s what you don’t know they know that you should worry about.

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Political websites play peekaboo with voter information

The websites of Barry O’Farrell, Kristina Keneally, Tony Abbott and The Greens are among those found to have spy scripts that track visitors’ online footsteps, which raises concerns about privacy violations, writes Nicky Phillips.

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EU pushing for an online “right to be forgotten”

A proposed set of rules from the European Union to be submitted as legislation next year endorses the creation of an online “right to be forgotten,” which may heighten tension between advertising companies and online giants such as Google and Facebook, writes John W. Miller.

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The fine (on)line between tracking and stalking

Recently launched website justspotted.com uses social media techniques to track the whereabouts of celebrities. It is among a group of sites that further challenge definitions about where privacy rights begin and end and to whom they apply, writes James Rainey.

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Google fesses up: we collected your private information

Following international controversy about the manner with which Google Streetview vehicles have collected data, the search giant have admitted that its fleet of cars have inadvertently snatched personal information such as emails and computer passwords.

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Facebook won’t stop Sydney stalker

A Sydney mother and daughter have been pursued and taunted by a vitriolic Facebook stalker, in the latest example of the social networking site failing to address potentially dangerous privacy violations.

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Google says change your name or have your past searched

Google CEO Eric Schmidt has recently warned about the dangers of online privacy violations and has suggested an effective method for users to protect their online identities: they can simply change their name.

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Like! Zuckerberg gets the Facebook treatment

Facebook regularly gets accused of breaching privacy. As payback, Gawker gave Facebook founder Mark Zuckberg the full Hollywood treatment, with a weekend of paparazzi snapping his every move.

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Hey Google, stop invading our privacy!

Unauthorized internet surveillance is becoming an increasing concern and the whiz kids at Google are largely to blame. Recent privacy violations make it quite clear the search engine giant has gone too far, writes Conservative British MP Robert Halfon.

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I didn’t quit Facebook, I made my profile completely public

It may have been Quit Facebook Day on Monday, but Peter Black explains his reasons for not only staying with Facebook, but also opening up all privacy settings.

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We want to see dirty oceans, but not dirty laundry

In the age of web 2.0, we now demand an increasing level of transparency from our government and corporations — but we’re still not ready for our own lives to be so heavily scrutinised.

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