Monthly Archive: January 2012

‘Your AdChoices’ — Are Targeted Ads Good for You or Not?

Does targeted advertising benefit you — or hurt your privacy?

The Digital Advertisers Alliance, a group made up of the nation’s leading media and marketing trade associations, recently launched a public education campaign called “Your AdChoices” aimed at letting the public know about why targeted online advertising (or what they call interest-based advertising) is a good thing.

The DAA has spent the last few years developing online data collection best practices for the advertising industry, called the Self-Regulatory Program for Online Behavioral Advertising.

PRIVATE WiFi Celebrates Data Privacy Day (January 28th) with Exciting Contests and Promotions

On Data Privacy Day, January 28th, PRIVATE WiFi will offer a 50% discount on all new PRIVATE WiFi subscriptions with the following coupon code: CPNPRIVACYDAY. In addition, PRIVATE WiFi, in conjunction with the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC), is celebrating Data Privacy Day by bringing back the popular “Hide Your Face on Facebook” contest as well as offering special promotions for users to help remind them to keep their online identities safe. Four lucky winners will receive a yearly subscription to PRIVATE WiFi, three lucky winners will receive a six month subscription, all new customers will receive 50% off all subscriptions, and one grand prize winner will receive an iPad 2!

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No, You Didn’t Win the Lottery

Have you ever received an email from the United Nations compensation Fund about a large sum of money that you are entitled to? At one point or another, we have all received these types of emails. The content of the emails may change, however, the ultimate goal of those behind the scenes remains the same – to get you to give them money or your personal information… which of course they will then use to get your money.

Facebook to Live Stream Official Data Privacy Day Event

Online privacy and security have become a central part of our new digital reality, and the fifth-annual Data Protection Day this Saturday, January 28 is a great opportunity to foster a societal debate around data privacy issues.

Last year we chatted with Leonardo Cervera, the man responsible for the first Data Privacy Day event in the United States. He spoke at length about data privacy and his overall background and interest in keeping people safer online, among other topics.

Cervera noted that, “As a consumer, I am concerned that business considerations might prevail over my dignity as a human being. The increasing difficulty of enforcing data protection over the Internet also worries me.”

This year, people are still worried about those same issues.

That’s part of the reason the National Cyber Security Alliance says it will host and participate in various events around the world designed to raise awareness about privacy issues. The NCSA, a non-profit public-private partnership focused on cybersecurity awareness, includes representatives from Intel, eBay, Microsoft, Intuit, and Comcast.

According to the NCSA, one of this year’s biggest events will be a privacy debate — streaming live on Facebook  — on Thursday, January 26 from 9:00am-11:45am at the George Washington University Law School.

What It’s Really Like to Suffer Identity Theft

Victims of identity theft describe it almost universally as an incredibly traumatic experience.

That’s the key takeaway from an interactive message board that invited a host of opinions and stories from people who have experienced such fraud.

Celebrate Data Privacy Day with 50% off PRIVATE WiFi

As the international community celebrates Data Privacy Day on Saturday, January 28, 2012, PRIVATE WiFi, in hopes of raising awareness for privacy education, is offering a one-day coupon for 50% off of an annual subscription to its personal VPN software.

SOPA, PIPA, and Why We All Must Care About Our Free Internet Rights

A few weeks ago I wrote the U.S. Congress a letter voicing my objection to the proposed SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) legislation and have since determined that similar bill PIPA (Protect Intellectual Property Act) is an equally bad idea. If passed, SOPA will work in conjunction with PIPA.

Both SOPA and PIPA represent a step toward an Internet where the U.S. government and giant corporations have the power to determine what you see when you Google something or type in the URL of a website they don’t like.

Do these bills sound ominous? They are.

PRIVATE WiFi urges everyone who values openness on the Internet and opposes censorship to let your congressperson know that you are against both SOPA and PIPA.