Category Archives: social media

Your “Digital Tattoo” – Help for Minors and Victims of Revenge Porn

“I hope you know this will go down on your Permanent Record.” – Numerous teachers, parents (including mine) and Van Halen I’ve been talking for a while about the digital detritus of our lives, and how that information is used/misused … Continue reading

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Beware the Robocop

Today I received an official notice from the Social Security Administration that they had overpaid me on some benefits and if I don’t pay them back the Treasury Dept. may withhold the money from any future tax refund that might … Continue reading

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Social Media Companies Object to Government Monitoring – Principled Concern or Commercial Hypocrisy

In response to the revelations about NSA monitoring, companies like Google have stepped up their efforts to protect the privacy of their users. Among other things, Google announced that they are encrypting all of their data to try to protect … Continue reading

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Don’t Underestimate the Technology

Over at Vice.com, Patrick McGuire has a good article analyzing a new combination of hardware and app called “Tile” that bills itself as “the worlds largest lost and found.” Tiles are little 1″x1″ wifi-enabled tags that you can stick to … Continue reading

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Government Surveilance – Should We “Get Over It”?

As I’ve noted before, in 1999 Scott McNeely said, “You have zero privacy anyway. Get over it.” Roughly 14 years later (multiple lifetimes in terms of politics and the internet), President Obama said pretty much the same thing, albeit disguised … 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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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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