cyber security: [April 2010]

Facebook Privacy Blunder Is Boon for Berkeley Legal Scholar
From "Facebook Privacy Blunder Is Boon for Berkeley Legal Scholar" by Marc Parry, The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 19, 2010

To settle a lawsuit involving privacy violations, Facebook is planning to invest $6 million to start a grant-making foundation focused on promoting online privacy. The new privacy center will "fund and sponsor programs designed to educate users, regulators, and enterprises regarding critical issues relating to protection of identity and personal information online through user control, and to protect users from online threats." The lawsuit stemmed from Facebook's use of Beacon behavior-tracking technology, which enraged some users because it posted information on Facebook, without their permission, about items they bought on third-party Web sites. Facebook eventually stopped using Beacon.  

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