Weekly News Round-up (5/30/11-6/3/11)

June 07, 2011
Audrey Stokes Associate Product Manager, Education
Common Sense Media
San Francisco, CA
CATEGORIES Common Sense News

Common Sense Media searches the World Wide Web daily for news addressing topics like online privacy, cyberbullying, digital ethics, social networking and more! At the beginning of each week, Common Classroom highlights some of the top news in this Weekly News Round-Up Post.

Many social networkers and internet users are aware of the problem with online privacy. As mentioned last week, social networking is becoming a common tool among education, so staying current on the topic of web privacy is essential.

Obama Administration Tries ‘Carrot and Stick’ on Web Privacy

Obama administration will pursue a “carrot and stick” approach to enhanced privacy protection by pushing for a new law while encouraging industry to do a better job policing itself, a key policymaker said Thursday. (Wall Street Journal)

Popular websites leaking customer data

Three quarters of popular websites are leaking private information or users’ unique identifiers to third-party tracking sites, a new study has found. (TG Daily)

Internet Businesses Must Respect Users’ Privacy

Throughout cyberspace, almost 2 billion Web surfers post, share, friend, follow, buy, sell and trade. Because of invaluable Internet technology, the world is at our fingertips. Vast quantities of data are available with a tap or a click. (Bloomberg)

Online photos often give away your location

If you’re one of the millions of smartphone users who post pictures online, you may be putting up more than you think. There’s more than meets the eye with photo uploads. (CBS News)

8 senators don’t vote on Internet privacy bill

State legislation that would have strengthened privacy protections for users of social-networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and fell five votes short last week, with eight senators failing to vote. (SFGate)

Our online digital world lets kids connect with family and friends and consume, create, and share enormous amounts of content. It also lets companies track kids and collect their personal information. Learn how you can get involved and help protect kids from online tracking over on DoNotTrackKids.Org