Facebook to Post Amber Alerts

(CNN) — Facebook will begin sending Amber Alerts to users to help find missing children. The program, which begins Jan. 13, delivers Amber Alerts to people’s news feeds in targeted search areas. Alerts include photos and other details about missing children. Facebook has joined forces with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. More … Continue reading »

Social Media Impacts Investigations

MEDFORD, Ore. — The Medford Police Department says no matter the incident or graphic nature, if it happens in public view, photos and videos will typically end up on Facebook or Twitter almost instantly. Police say these posts can sometimes help the investigation because the documentation can let officers get a better idea of what … Continue reading »

Fake App Targets Facebook Users

(CNN) — A deceptive virus is tricking Facebook users with the claim of a new color scheme for the popular social networking site. An app claiming that it can change the color of your Facebook profile page actually loads malware onto your smartphone or computer. According to a cheetah mobile security blog spot, more than … Continue reading »

Groups Ask FTC to Block Facebook Changes

(CNN) — Six public interest groups have asked the Federal Trade Commission to block upcoming changes to Facebook’s privacy policies they claim would make it easier for the social network to use your information. In a letter to the FTC, the groups say the policy allows your picture to be used in a product or … Continue reading »

Finding Social Media Harmony at Home

(CNN) Are you friends with your kids? I mean really friends–Facebook friends. It’s a delicate dance that many families face: the struggle over sharing social media. Parents naturally are grappling with how to monitor their kids’ online activity and keep them safe while not being too intrusive. So both teens and parents are seeking ways … Continue reading »

Legislature Protects Students’ Privacy

EUGENE, Ore. — Oregon college students can breathe easy knowing their universities will not have access to their social media accounts after a bill passed almost unanimously Monday. The Legislature voted 57 to 1 in favor of barring colleges and universities from having access to students’ social media accounts and passwords. “I’m glad they’re not … Continue reading »

House Approves Social Media Bill

SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Legislature approved a bill that protects the privacy rights of college students. The bill prevents colleges and universities from demanding access to private social media pages maintained by current or prospective students. Schools are still allowed to request information in the course of investigating possible illegal activity. The bill now … Continue reading »

Creswell Man Arrested for Sex Abuse

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Springfield police arrested a Creswell man for multiple sex crimes involving a minor female. Investigators say 22-year-old John Rock Roda contacted the girl via Facebook and lied about his age. They say he made arrangements to meet her and then sexually abused her. Roda was taked to the Lane County Jail for … Continue reading »

House Passes Cyber Security Bill

A controversial cyber security bill passed by the U.S. House Thursday, now rests in the hands of the Senate. The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, CISPA, would allow voluntary information sharing between private companies and the government in the event of a cyber attack. If, for example, the government detects a cyber attack that … Continue reading »

House Passes Social Media Privacy Bill

SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon House passed a bill that would extend privacy rights to include social media. House Bill 2654, passed Monday, would prohibit employers from demanding access to Facebook, Twitter and other social media websites. It now moves to the Senate where several senators have been working on similar legislation to protect the … Continue reading »

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