Monthly Archives: July 2013

Avoiding the All-Seeing Eye

Not too long ago I posted Privacy and Data Security for the Normal Person and provided general steps the average computer user can take to protect privacy and security online. In the wake of the disclosures about NSA monitoring, many … Continue reading

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The More That Things Change …. Bitcoin Bumps Up Against the Golden Rule*

[UPDATED 7/22 – Added information about Secret Service Operation Open Market and its relationship to the shut down of Liberty Reserve.] *Them that has the gold, makes the rules. For the last decade or so, governments and mainstream businesses have … Continue reading

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Unintended Consequences of Online Tools

As I’ve noted before, you can share too much online. But a few recent stories about unintended uses of new online tools caught my eye to serve as a warning about the Law of Unintended Consequences. First, there’s this story … Continue reading

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The Hazards of Self-Service IT

Until the advent of peer-to-peer and cloud-based services, corporate systems were developed/acquired, deployed and managed by IT managers and sysadmins. Access to server-level resources (including large storage volumes) was tightly controlled, laptops and desktops were locked down, and even in … Continue reading

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FTC Reports That Many Mobile Apps May Not Be COPPA Compliant

Originally posted February 17, 2012 On Feb. 16, 2012, the Federal Trade Commission released a staff report titled, “Mobile Apps for Kids: Current Privacy Disclosures Are Disappointing,” in which the FTC criticized companies for failing to properly disclose to parents … Continue reading

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Data on the Effect of the EU Cookie Rule

Originally posted June 27, 2011 The EU “Cookie Rule,” which requires companies with European customers to get informed consent from visitors to their websites in order to use most cookies (other than those “strictly necessary” for the service requested by … Continue reading

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You Can’t Take It With You – Death and the Virtual World

Originally posted April 13, 2011 A UK charity recently did a survey to look at how people deal with idea of death and digital music, photography and online bank accounts. Their research found that although 80% of those surveyed have … Continue reading

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