Online Privacy

Facebook’s Settlement With FTC Confirmed: Privacy Changes Must Be Opt In

Facebook’s Settlement With FTC Confirmed: Privacy Changes Must Be Opt In
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg just issued a statement on the Facebook Blog confirming that his company has settled with the FTC over charges that it has violated user privacy over the year. Facebook is now “required to obtain consumers’ affirmative express consent before enacting changes that override their privacy preferences”, effectively making all future privacy control changes opt in. Facebook must also submit to privacy audits every 2 years for the next 20 years, bar access to content on deactivated accounts, and avoid misrepresenting the privacy or security of user data. The settlement will hinder Facebook’s ability to release new products, as users are typically resistant to change and may be reluctant to opt in to new privacy controls.

How Facebook is ruining sharing

How Facebook is ruining sharing

"Sharing and recommendation shouldn't be passive. It should be conscious, thoughtful, and amusing--we are tickled by a story, picture, or video and we choose to share it, and if a startling number of Internet users also find that thing amusing, we, together, consciously create a tidal wave of meme that elevates that piece of media to viral status. We choose these gems from the noise. Open Graph will fill our feeds with noise, burying the gems."

Citizenship vs. Consumerism: Occupy the Net!

"Reading anonymously doesn't look deviant yet--but things will change as we bypass public libraries and start borrowing books from Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The former would never think of selling our data to third parties; the latter wouldn't think twice about it. In fact, they would give us coupons for sharing our reading habits."

Your personal information is valuable you should hoard it

Keep Yourself Privately Held
Your personal information is valuable. It is so valuable that companies are doing everything they can to gain more information about you. Since it is valuable, you should hoard it. The more difficult it is to acquire your personal information, the more valuable it becomes, and the better return you will get when you commoditize the information.

Libraries Be careful what your web sites Like

Libraries: Be careful what your web sites “Like”
So if any of your web sites (especially your online catalogs or other discovery and delivery services) use third party web services, consider carefully where and how they’re being invoked. For each third party, you should ask what information they can get from users browsing your web site, what other information they have from other sources (like the “real names” and exact birthdates that sites like Facebook and Google+ demand), and what real guarantees, if any, they make about the privacy of the information. If you can’t easily get satisfactory answers to these questions, then reconsider your use of these services.

Setting Boundaries for Internet Privacy

Setting Boundaries for Internet Privacy
For 18 months, the European Commission has been considering how to put into practice a 2009 law that regulates software cookies, the unique digital markers that Web sites place on visiting computers to identify consumers and deliver ads tailored to individual interests.

This year, a consensus appeared to be building in Brussels for letting the online advertising industry regulate its use of cookies.

Just Give Me the Right to Be Forgotten

Just Give Me the Right to Be Forgotten some politicians, regulators and companies want to give Americans more control over their personal information — with limits on data use and retention, says Christopher Wolf, a lawyer who specializes in privacy and the co-chairman of the Future of Privacy Forum in Washington.

“We need to move more toward that regime in order to empower consumers,” Mr. Wolf says. But any limits, he emphasizes, would have to carefully balance personal privacy against the right to free speech and public access to information.

On Pseudonymity, Privacy and Responsibility on Google+

On Pseudonymity, Privacy and Responsibility on Google+
Persistent pseudonyms aren't ways to hide who you are. They provide a way to be who you are. You can finally talk about what you really believe; your real politics, your real problems, your real sexuality, your real family, your real self. Much of the support for "real names" comes from people who don't want to hear about controversy, but controversy is only a small part of the need for pseudonyms. For most of us, it's simply the desire to be able to talk openly about the things that matter to every one of us who uses the Internet. The desire to be judged—not by our birth, not by our sex, and not by who we work for—but by what we say.

Why Facebook and Googles Concept of Real Names Is Revolutionary

Why Facebook and Google's Concept of 'Real Names' Is Revolutionary
In your head, adjust the settings for this thought experiment (you say it at work or your hometown or on television) or what you say (something racist, something intensely valuable, something criminal) or who you are (child, celebrity, politician) or who is listening (reporters, no one, coworkers, family). What I think you'll find is that we have different expectations for the publicness and persistence of a statement depending on a variety of factors. There is a continuum of publicness and persistence and anonymity. But in real life, we expect very few statements to be public, persistent, and attached to your real identity. Basically, only people talking on television or to the media can expect such treatment. And even then, the vast majority of their statements don't become part of the searchable Internet.

Check Your Facebook And LinkedIn Privacy Settings

Speaking Of Privacy, Did you know Facebook is giving your cell phone number to all your friends. Go there now and start grabbing cell phone numbers to drunk dial from Internet Librarian in Monterey! 'Account' -> 'Edit friends' -> 'Contacts' you'll see any cell phone numbers people have entered. You should probably follow the steps given by Facebook to remove your cell number and to prevent others from seeing yours.

If you're like me (and you know you want to be) you have a LinkedIn account, but you're really not sure what to do with it, well good news, LinkedIn just found how to use YOU... Someplace in the 6000+ word "privacy" policy they've decided it's ok for them to use your name and picture in social advertising. So LinkedIn will watch what you do, figure out what you might sell for them, and then use your name and picture in an endorsement they make for some crap they'll stick on your friends pages. From the pulldown menu under your name at the top right of your LinkedIn pages, choose Settings. Then choose the Account tab at bottom left, and click Manage Social Advertising. While you're there, check all the other settings, there's some icky stuff in there.


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