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There’s One in Every Crowd

October 23, 2010 3:39 pm jmadell 0
Right on time for Halloween, a spooky post reminding us that creepy people offline + creepy people online = creepy people across domains. It never hurts to remember to always be careful out there……
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More on Street View

October 22, 2010 4:42 pm jmadell 0
So, there has been a fair amount of talk about Google’s Street View faux pas. Apparently, the data breach was more significant than some had anticipated. Apparently, among the bits and pieces of data collected were full emails!. Perhaps more interesting is a hack developed by Samy Kamkar that uses MAC address information collected by Google to maliciously (and extremely accurately) determine a user’s geographical coordinates.…
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Facebook’s Lobbying

October 22, 2010 11:43 am jmadell 0
Probably a good idea to keep an eye on lobbying efforts. Not that we don’t all do this anyway, but it’s the kind of thing that can fall under the radar in light of the more headline-friendly privacy issues. Here are some informative related links: Facebook’s lobbying Google’s lobbying Full 4Q 2010 information here.…
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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.”  …
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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.…