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HTML5 and Mobile Tracking

October 21, 2010 12:03 am JScott 0
From Ars Technica Article: “A New York-based mobile-web advertising company was hit Wednesday with a proposed class action lawsuit over its use of an HTML5 trick to track iPhone and iPad users across a number of websites, in what is believed to be the first privacy lawsuit of its kind in the mobile space.”  Full article here.…
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Smart grid technology and privacy

October 18, 2010 9:08 am finnb 0
Smart grid technology offers major improvements and efficiencies for our power system, creating a dynamically responsive grid that can do things like manage peak load energy consumption, optimize transmission routes, smoothly integrate other generation options like solar and wind, and can help users monitor and control their own consumption (including creating more accurate pricing for energy).…
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On Botnets and Second-Hand Smoke

October 17, 2010 5:34 pm jmadell 0
From Ars Technica: “Once upon a time, users who were careless about security posed a risk only to themselves. But, with the advent of pervasive networking and botnets, that’s no longer true. As a result, lax security has become the equivalent of second hand smoke: it poses a risk to everyone, and needs a security equivalent of a public health campaign and quarantines” Read about it here.…
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Did You Read My Gmail Yet?

October 11, 2010 12:48 pm jmadell 0
Interesting post on TechCrunch about a new product enabling tracking of Gmail readership (think AOL, circa 1998). According to the article, EmailOracle “inserts an image into each email you send. When that email is opened by the recipient, a call is made to EmailOracle’s servers to get that image.…
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Dan Solove on the Clementi Suicide

October 7, 2010 1:00 pm jmadell 0
Dan Solove has a characteristically thoughtful piece on the intersection of current events and privacy philosophy. In particular, he claims that we aren’t doing enough to educate young people about the future effects of their youthful actions online. He writes: “For a long time, young people could experiment, do foolish things, and make mistakes yet still have the opportunity to have a second chance.…
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A proof-of-concept nearly irrevocable cookie

September 29, 2010 3:27 pm finnb 0
The always-fascinating Samy Kamkar has produced a super-tenacious cookie designed to “identify a client even after they’ve removed standard cookies, Flash cookies (Local Shared Objects or LSOs), and others.” Indeed: “evercookie accomplishes this by storing the cookie data in several types of storage mechanisms that are available on the local browser.…