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Facebook allows users to download their info

Facebook is attempting to answer critics who say it is maintaining a "walled garden" by adding a feature that lets users download all of their information from the social-networking website, to do with as they please. The company introduced...

Facebook's Canadian users top 16 million

Privacy concerns don't seem to have scared Canadians off Facebook. Canada passed the 16 million users mark in May, according to research firm Inside Network. More than 912,000 Canadians signed up for the social networking site last month, a six per...

Privacy watchdog rebukes Google for Buzz

Canada's privacy commissioner has chastised Google for not consulting with her before launching its Buzz social-networking service. “We have seen a storm of protest and outrage over alleged privacy violations and my office also has questions...

Yahoo-Microsoft ad deal gets OK (finally)

Microsoft and Yahoo have received clearance from regulators in Washington and Europe to proceed with a search partnership intended to challenge Google. The companies announced Thursday that the partnership has been approved without restrictions by the...

Microsoft adds Facebook, MySpace to Outlook

Microsoft is taking another step toward turning Outlook, its desktop email program, into a hub for information from popular social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace. On Wednesday, Microsoft is releasing a "beta" test version of the...

Canadian Privacy commissioner reviewing Google Buzz

Concerns around Google's recently unveiled Buzz feature are deepening with the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada looking into the social-networking tool. Valerie Lawton, a spokeswoman for the privacy office, said the office is looking into...

Canadian Commissioner takes data collection probe to public

Canada's privacy commissioner is launching a series of public consultations to investigate online data collection through social networking and consumer profiling. Jennifer Stoddart will examine the privacy risks associated with the online tracking...

Facebook fine-tunes privacy controls

Facebook says it is boosting privacy by giving users control over who sees each bit of information they put on the social-networking site, and by doing away with regional and group networks. "We're adding something that many of you have asked...

Canadian copyright law to trump Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement

Industry Minister Tony Clement, responding to accusations that an international anti-counterfeiting agreement will criminalize everyday activity by Canadians, says any such pact will be "subservient" to copyright rules created domestically....

Mininova removes links to copyrighted files

Mininova, one of the biggest torrent file-sharing websites in the world, has removed links to all copyrighted content that it does not have official agreements for. Thursday's move is a win for the entertainment industry as users of the site are now...

Conficker worm sends new instructions: grow botnet, then die

The Conficker worm has begun to update the machines it has infected with a new set of instructions to spread to other machines and then self-destruct, security experts say. Security researchers tracking the worm said some of the infected computers began...

China rejects computer spy claims

China's government on Tuesday dismissed a research report outlining an extensive spy network based mostly in China as "lies" designed to hurt the country's image abroad. Speaking to reporters, Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said...

Reported internet spy network just tip of iceberg: researcher

An internet spy network that targeted hundreds of "high value" computers belonging to government departments and other organizations in 103 countries is likely just one of many, says one of the Canadian researchers who uncovered it. "We...

Top-secret spy pics found on eBay-bought camera

A digital camera containing secret images and information about terrorism suspects from the British spy service MI6 was accidentally sold on eBay, according to various reports Tuesday from Britain. http://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2008/09/30/terrorcam-sold...
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