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Posted at 04:35 PM ET, 06/22/2012

Facebook signs on to California privacy agreement #thecircuit

Facebook signs on to California privacy agreement: The social media company pledged to give users clear information about how an app will utilize their personal data. The agreement, known as the Joint Statement of Principles, had already been adopted by Apple, Amazon and Google, among others. In a statement, California Attorney General Kamala Harris said, “Consumers deserve to be able to make informed choices about how much personal information they want to share with others when using social apps.”

ICANN announces a new CEO: Fadi Chehade will take over the top job at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, the agency said Friday. When he steps into the role on October 1, Chehade will play a key role in overseeing ICANN’s massive expansion of domain names. Chehade had most recently worked at IBM, CoreObjects Software and Vocado, an educational software company.

Bill introduced to set protocol for handling security breaches: Five GOP senators introduced a bill that would standardize the procedures companies must undergo when their customers’ personal information has been compromised, The Hill reported. An entity could be fined up to $500,000 for failing to adhere to the protocol.

Texas AG points a finger at Google: Google is being accused of withholding evidence in a case that explores whether the search giant has engaged in unfair business practices. Greg Abbott, the Texas attorney general, is seeking thousands of e-mails and other documents that Google has so far declined to provide.

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