Weekly News Round-Up (5/9/11-5/13/11)

May 13, 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 end of each week, Common Classroom highlights some of the top news in this Weekly News Round-Up Post.

This week, online privacy discussions dominated the web.  Since online privacy is an important topic for most people, we thought it would be appropriate for this week’s Weekly News Round-Up to focus on the latest in online privacy news.

Why We Need “Do Not Track Kids”

Representatives Ed Markey (D-MA) and Joe Barton (R-TX) took a major step to protect the privacy of kids online by introducing “Do Not Track Kids” legislation. (Huffington Post)

Google deflects PR firm’s attack of Gmail privacy

It’s not as if Google lacks privacy controversies to quell. Yet Burson-Marsteller, a top-five public relations firm, is attempting to pile more on. (USA Today)

Google and Apple Face Questions on Data Privacy

Apple Inc. and Google Inc. faced lawmakers Tuesday at a Senate hearing focused on concerns about how companies are tracking and storing consumers’ location and other data through their smartphones. (Wall Street Journal)

Sen. Rockefeller introduces ‘do not track’ bill for Internet

Sen. John D. Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) on Monday introduced an online “do not track” privacy bill that would allow consumers to block Internet companies from following their activity on the Web. (The Washington Post)

Facebook Quietly Fixes Its Original Privacy Problem, 5 Years Later

Facebook has quietly enabled a new privacy feature that allows users to hide certain types of updates from their walls and from the newsfeeds of friends. Make a new friend? Planning on going to an event? Now you can do those things on Facebook but be discrete about it, thanks to the new Hide All These button. That type of posting will never show up on your wall – or in your friends’ newsfeeds – again. (Read, Write, Web)

There’s No Data Sheriff on the Wild Web

A company suffers a catastrophic attack on its servers. Gone are names, e-mail addresses, home phone numbers, passwords, credit card numbers. Everything ends up in the hands of hackers. What federal law covers such a breach of consumers’ privacy? None. (NY Times)

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