Weekly News Round-up (6/10/11 - 6/17/11)

June 20, 2011
Audrey Stokes Product Manager, Education
Common Sense Media
San Francisco, United States
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.

Social networkers, Internet users, and legislators continue to address major concerns about online privacy. With social networking being a common tool among education, staying current on the topic of web privacy is essential to protecting students. Recognizing that Internet safety is a major concern among educators, we are highlighting the latest news on privacy for this week’s news round-up!

Untangling The Incredibly Complicated, Puzzling World Of Online Privacy

Senators Al Franken and Richard Blumenthal introduced a bill yesterday that takes direct aim at online privacy. After it was reported recently that tech giants like Apple and Google might be collecting location data from unwitting customers, public officials raced to put together legislation that would give the public more control over personal information. If passed, the bill would require developers to obtain consent before collecting and sharing geo-location data. (Fast Company)

Connecticut AG Seeks Meeting With Facebook Over Tag Suggestions

Connecticut’s attorney general said he wants to meet with Facebook Inc. officials to discuss privacy concerns prompted by the social network’s latest photo-tagging feature. (Wall Street Journal)

Exclusive: Google’s Web mapping can track your phone

If you have Wi-Fi turned on, the previous whereabouts of your computer or mobile device may be visible on the Web for anyone to see. (CNET News)

Bill would require quicker notice, better protection against data breaches

You may not be able to stop them, but lawmakers want businesses to do a better job informing users when their information is hacked. (Washington Post)

Administration Is Weighing Do-Not-Track Request for Kids

The Obama administration is weighing whether to include in the final draft of its privacy report a call for companies not to track children online, a top Commerce Department official said on Tuesday. (National Journal)

Privacy groups urge investigation of Facebook facial recognition tool

Facebook already knows about your friend, random thoughts and likes. Now it wants to collect biometric data? (Washington Post)

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