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15 worst Internet privacy scandals of all time

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Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Sony named in our Online Privacy Hall of Shame
In honor of National Data Privacy Day this Saturday, Jan. 28, we've put together a list of the 15 worst Internet privacy scandals of all time.

These high-profile privacy scandals involve many underlying technologies, from search to social media, e-mail to voice mail, mobile phones to Webcams to GPS.

But at the heart of all of these privacy scandals are companies collecting personal data without the user's knowledge or consent and then either sharing it with third parties or simply failing to keep it safe.

The latest company to come under the privacy microscope is Google, which revealed a new privacy policy on Tuesday that clarified how it is combining user data across its services.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday the European Union unveiled stiffer penalties and higher fines for U.S. firms that fail to meet their privacy rules for cloud computing and social media applications.

With online privacy expected to remain a high-profile issue in 2012, here's our list of the biggest online privacy breaches of all time:

1. Sony CD Spyware


Read More http://www.networkworld.com/news/2012/012612-privacy-scandals-255357.html?source=NWWNLE_nlt_daily_pm_2012-01-26 

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