March 28, 2012 By a 5-3 majority, the court ruled that people who sue the government for invading their privacy can only recover out-of-pocket damages. And whistle-blowers' lawyers say that leaves victims who suffer emotional trouble and smeared reputations with few if any options.
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Employers have been asking for prospective employees' Facebook username and passwords to do some extra research on whom they may be hiring.
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March 21, 2012 Robert Collins says he felt "violated" when the Maryland Department of Corrections asked to log in to his Facebook account during a job interview. He's now pushing back, working with lawmakers to bar employers from asking such a privacy-invading question.
Who's watching you?
February 10, 2012 Who's watching you? Commentator Dave Pell says just about everyone — at least if, by everyone, you mean businesses looking to sell you something. Should you be worried?
Wouldn't you love to know what she's jotting down? Of course you would.
December 21, 2011 Patients have the legal right to see their doctor's notes, but actually getting them can be slow and expensive. Two new surveys say patients overwhelmingly want to read the notes. But doctors are much more dubious about the benefits of giving patients a window into their thoughts.
December 19, 2011 A report on domestic drones raised criticisms that NPR was overlooking a privacy threat. Good point, but premature. That said, right and left might agree on the concern. Let's talk.
December 2, 2011 Apps that track personal health information can be really convenient. But they may be a big privacy risk. App makers aren't controlled by federal health privacy laws, so what they do with sensitive information is up to them.
Facebook is on the verge of adopting new "opt in" privacy settings, according to reports. Here, company founder Mark Zuckerberg speaks during a visit to Cambridge, Mass., Monday.
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June 19, 2011 Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin doesn't have to deal with press conferences from once-friendly former porn stars or tabloids publishing photos of his illegitimate child (if he has either). So speculation about his private life flourishes online.
Zuckerberg unveiled the privacy changes on Wednesday.
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May 27, 2010 The social site's founder says sharing information is a crucial part of Facebook's core mission.
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivers a keynote address at the Facebook developers conference in San Francisco on April 21.
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April 29, 2010 There's been a lot of chatter about changes Facebook made to its privacy settings. For some people the controversy is overblown, but many say Facebook has gone too far. NPR's Andy Carvin looks at ways to adjust your settings to control access.
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