Tag Archives: privacy

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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Monitoring via Mobile Devices’ Unconnected WiFi

I’ve written a lot about the amount of data we willingly disclose, and how to try to minimize it. A couple of recent articles caught my eye about the degree to which we shed information, even when we don’t mean … Continue reading

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The Lack of NSA Supervision

As I noted in my last post, President Obama and the NSA are saying, “Trust us, we’re not doing anything wrong and we’re not spying on Americans.” Even if that were the case, I argued, the wholesale collection of data … 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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You Can Disclose (and Know) Too Much – The Dark Side of Social Media

Originally posted April 1, 2011 There are a number of people out there who are warning us that there needs to be more awareness of how much information we’re disclosing via social networks. Some of them, like the now-shuttered PleaseRobMe.com, … Continue reading

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