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TikTok working with Chinese government to monitor user data causes privacy concern

By Jack Baudoin | January 21, 2020

With billions of people using social media, concerns regarding user security should be higher now than ever before. Social media is more popular than it has ever been, with 3.8 billion people using it in 2019, according to a Nov. 6 article by TheNextWeb.TikTok...

Who needs privacy when you have Google?

By Holly New | March 3, 2013

I’ll be the first to admit I’m a Google addict. Google is my homepage, and whenever I need to look up anything, it’s my best friend. I even have an Android phone that is powered by (you guessed it) Google. However, my dependency on Google had me...

Smart meters are a threat to customers privacy

By Holly New | February 19, 2013

The decision to use smart meters may not be as smart as you think. Smart meters are, as defined by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), “electric meters with enhanced communication capabilities.... These meters use two-way communication...

Facebook changes may not be enough for students to switch to Google+

By Andrea Azzo | October 5, 2011

The newest social network site officially launched to the public two weeks ago, but some students say they won't make the switch.Google+ officially launched Sept. 20 as Facebook's newest rival. Holly Nicholson, NIU social media specialist, said Google+...

The new Facebook makes finding information easier, but is still creepy

By Parker Happ | October 5, 2011

"Hi! Welcome to the new Facebook." Ugh. Again. When the new Facebook made its debut last month, I had as much interest in learning about new privacy settings as listening to an entire Gilbert Gottfried comedy audiotape. Yet, with all great and addictive...

The new Facebook changes are an invasion of privacy

The new Facebook changes are an invasion of privacy

By Alyssa Pracz | October 5, 2011

If you think the constant Facebook changes are annoying, just wait for what is soon to come. The new Timeline on Facebook is just another way to share more information than necessary online. It decreases users' online privacy and, at this rate, users'...

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How to adjust to living with a roommate

By Faith Healy | August 25, 2011

One of the most challenging aspects of college life for students can be living with a roommate. Some students, like freshman business major Kevin Ohren, get along with their roommates without previously knowing them. "It's been fun, and I enjoy being...

Greek Row sits empty on a night in October. Policing Greek Row has been a contentious topic, whether the status quo should stay or if the university and police should take control.

How should Greek Row be policed?

By The Editorial Board | May 2, 2011

Within the past two years, there have been two high-profile gun incidents in DeKalb involving members of NIU's Greek community. On Feb. 19, 2010, NIU student Zachary Isaacman shot another student, Brian Mulder, outside of Stevenson Towers. At the time,...