In the wake of the recent Firesheep controversy (which allows almost anyone to see your accounts in a WiFi environment), Facebook now is offering an option to switch your privacy settings to an encrypted “HTTPS” protocol. This important step can keep your Facebook account safe from being hacked on an open or poorly secured wireless network, and this Gawker.com blog advises on the easy steps you can take to switch your privacy settings now.
Tagged: data protection
Friday, January 28 is the fourth-annual World Data Privacy Day — a day dedicated to fostering discussion about privacy protection in our digital age. After all, as the organizers will point out, privacy and security have become a central part of our new digital reality. In just the past month, the newly crowned Miss America answered a question about national security and WikiLeaks, the Golden Globe for Best Picture went to The Social Network, and Mark Zuckerberg and Julian Assange became Time’s Person of the Year and runner-up, respectively.
According to an article on Salon.com, the American Civil Liberties Union says thousands of people have been subjected to electronic device searches at the U.S. border, all without a search warrant. The article also includes an 8-minute audio interview with California Rep. Loretta Sanchez, who has introduced H.R. 216 to make rules about such searches of personal computers and electronic devices. As the Salon post points out: “Seizing someone’s laptop, digging through it, recording it all, storing the data somewhere, and then distributing it to various agencies is about the most invasive, privacy-destroying measure imaginable. A laptop and its equivalents reveal whom you talk to, what you say, what you read, what you write, what you view, what you think, and virtually everything else about your life.”
Do you trust your mobile phone to handle something as complex as filing your taxes? The New York Times reports that the creator of TurboTax software has created a smartphone application to allow users to file, for $15 each, the basic 1040EZ by photographing their W-2 form.The problem may be that “SnapTax offers the possibility of doing taxes in “atypical locations” which could mean users’ online privacy may be compromised if taxes are filed via an insecure network.
Part 1 of this series discussed how companies can track our location, but that is just one piece of information in “the new normal” of what marketers can find out about us. Now in Part 2, check out how our travels around the Internet leave digital fingerprints all over the place.
Computer privacy is changing every day, and with new computer vision technology that can observe us and understand us better, the New York Times poses the question of whether that is helpful technology or an invasion of privacy. Among many other ways it will become part of our future, this new computer vision may be part of law enforcement, national security, and military operations, as well as how doctors and nurses will rely on extra patient safety measures in the operating room.
A new California state law has gone into effect that makes online impersonation — when it seeks to harm someone — a misdemeanor punishable by up to a $1,000 fine and a year in jail. This Santa Cruz Sentinel article explains that Senate Bill 1411 allows district attorneys to prosecute if they think a crime has been committed.
In the Wireless Age, hackers are becoming big time entrepreneurs, joining forces with others in multinational white collar organizations dedicated to cybercrime. Their target is your wireless data.
An attorney who is “not your average Internet consumer” and sues companies he accuses of violating California’s anti-spam law is working to eradicate all forms of spam. Though this Associated Press article says such lawsuits are “mere rain drops in the ocean” as there are approximately 200 billion spam messages each day, accounting for 90% of all email.
In Part 1 of this two-part series, Private WiFi CEO Kent Lawson discusses the extent of personal tracking that is taking place online – and what amount, if any, goes too far.
A new Time magazine blog reports on a proposed “privacy bill of rights” — intended to guide lawmakers and other industry groups — to set ground rules for companies that collect consumer data online and use that information for marketing and other purposes.