Tag Archives: privacy

Congress is considering privacy legislation – be afraid

Congress is considering privacy legislation – be afraid

Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis called privacy the “right to be let alone.” Perhaps Congress should give states trying to protect consumer data the same right. For years, a gridlocked Congress ignored privacy, apart from occasionally scolding companies such as Equifax and Marriott after their major data breaches. In its absence, states have taken the lead in experimenting with […] … learn more→

Is anything ever ‘forgotten’ online?

Is anything ever ‘forgotten’ online?

When someone types your name into Google, suppose the first link points to a newspaper article about you going bankrupt 15 years ago, or to a YouTube video of you smoking cigarettes 20 years ago, or simply a webpage that includes personal information such as your current home address, your birth date, or your Social […] … learn more→

Apple versus FBI: All Writs Act’s age should not bar its use

Apple versus FBI: All Writs Act’s age should not bar its use

A federal magistrate judge in California has issued a warrant ordering Apple to assist the FBI in accessing data on an iPhone used by a suspect in the December 2015 San Bernardino mass shooting. Apple’s public refusal to comply with the order – and its motion asking a judge to reverse the order – has […] … learn more→

Are we more than our data?

Are we more than our data?

Once servers loaded with information about who we talk to, where we go, what we do, what we buy, which websites we visit, how we behave on them, etc. Edward Snowden got in a huge amount of trouble for hinting us the level of surveillance watching over us. It can feel pretty creepy and oddly […] … learn more→

Edward Snowden explains how to reclaim your privacy

Edward Snowden explains how to reclaim your privacy

Last month, I met Edward Snowden in a hotel in central Moscow, just blocks away from Red Square. It was the first time we’d met in person; he first emailed me nearly two years earlier, and we eventually created an encrypted channel to journalists Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald, to whom Snowden would disclose overreaching mass surveillance by the National Security Agency and […] … learn more→

Is there a teaching moment in the Ashley Madison hack?

Why would anyone use their official work or school email address to register for a website that promises to facilitate extramarital affairs? Reports indicate that there are 74,468 unique “.edu” email addresses in the recently hacked user database of AshleyMadison.com. Might we not expect educators and students to have a better understanding of the internet […] … learn more→

Faceless Facebook reps help bereaved families Look Back

Faceless Facebook reps help bereaved families Look Back

Facebook’s Community Operations team has announced it is changing the privacy settings on accounts for deceased users to reflect the settings they chose in life. Facebook introduced “memorialisation” in 2009, which allowed the family members of deceased users to turn their profile into a page for remembering them. Others could continue to visit the profile […] … learn more→

Google reads your emails?

Microsoft’s astonishingly scurrilous campaign to damage confidence in Gmail is still active after nearly 10 years. Large ads in magazines repeat content from the Google-baiting website www.scroogled.com, which is dedicated solely to promoting fear of privacy invasions: Think Google respects your privacy? Think again. Google goes through every Gmail that’s sent or received, looking for […] … learn more→

Living in Orwell’s world: how to disappear completely online

Your friend Kate answers the phone. You remind her you’re meeting at 10am tomorrow for breakfast. You tell her your fractured wrist is healing but the doctor said there’s still some way to go. Your mum’s illness … well, that’s a different matter. Your hang-gliding, of course, is on hold, but you want to get […] … learn more→

Online insecurity

Online passwords are so insecure that one per cent can be cracked within 10 guesses, according to the largest ever sample analysis. The research was carried out by Gates Cambridge scholar Joseph Bonneau and will be presented at a security conference held under the auspices of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in May. […] … learn more→