Online Privacy

ACLU Ads Warn Of \'Massive\' Government Cyber-Snooping

\"We are clearly trying to raise public awareness about the extent of the government\'s capacity for (electronic) eavesdropping,\" says ACLU Associate Director Barry Steinhardt. \"We\'re trying to focus the attention of the (Bush) administration and the Republican leadership.\" [more...] from NewsBytes.

Orangatango Protects Our Privacy

I found this story from Newsbytes on my favorite law portal LLRX. A company has created an online browser that will protect the privacy of its users. It\'s called Orangatango.\"Consumers who hate getting an inbox full of unsolicited commercial e-mail \"spam\" after registering at an online shopping site soon may have an alternative.

Utah-based Orangatango says its \"VirtualBrowser,\" which currently is available in a beta test version, will in effect stand between a Web surfer and those who wish to track his or her movements in the online realm.\" -- Read More

Web Sites for Kids Not Following Privacy Rules

The Federal Trade Commission has established a set of rules for developers of child-oriented web sites. According to a recent investigation, over half of the 162 sites tested failed to adhere to them. [more...] from the Nando Times

Privacy Lost?

Slowly we seem to be losing more and more of our privacy. Those of us whose names are All over the web have even less, and some people want to keep it that way, and even want to take more, so they can make more money.

This Story (And Another) on \"the Online Privacy Alliance\" (that\'s such an ironic name for this group), a group made up of Microsoft, AOL Time Warner, IBM, AT&T, BellSouth and Sun Microsystems, explains what I mean. Not exactly a group of people I woud say want to make it easier for us to hide from them.
The ALA seems to be too worried about filtering and Boy Scouts to make much noise in this area. What\'s more important to you? -- Read More

75% of Kids Willing to Share Parents Personal Info On the Web

Not that people wouldn\'t have already thought about this..., but it\'s still a little disturbing to think that while most parents warn their children about divulging personal information about themselves in order to keep their kids safe, Junior may not know that he shouldn\'t give out mom and dad\'s personal information.

According to emarketer, who claims to be the leading provider of Internet statistics, \"younger Americans and veteran Internet users are among the least concerned with online privacy.\" They found that 75 percent of children are willing to share personal information online about themselves and their family in exchange for goods and services.

\"Many parents with Internet connections at home fear that their children will share personal information over the net,\" said Rob Janes, an eMarketer analyst. \"Offerings of free gifts and such from Internet companies often lure these unassuming children into a trap.\" [more...]

Consumers May See Return to Anonymous Web Surfing With Help of CIA Funding

With surveys finding that a quarter of Internet users are alarmed about their loss of privacy, Internet service providers could find that a company called Safeweb, with the help of the CIA, will reassure customers about the safety of Internet surfing.

Using Safeweb also evades software that schools and libraries have installed on computers to limit Internet sites students can visit. [more...]

FTC Approves Children\'s Safe Harbor Program

[This one] comes from Newsbytes via the Washington Post...
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has approved its first Children\'s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) safe harbor program - the Council of Better Business Bureau\'s Children\'s Advertising Review Unit (CARU). [more...]

The Millenium Digital Commerce Act

David Dillard and Rob Yates were kind enough to allow me to reprint this great article that was originally published in law resources such as a law technology discussion group. They cover the ever touchy area of online privacy and internet law. For anyone interested in internet legislation and law this is a must read. If you think what you are doing on the internet is private, think again!

\"These security and privacy concerns are real and must be addressed when building our online communications systems. It is not only a matter of security, but private and confidential communications are what your clients expect. And they will soon expect that they can execute those never-ending agreements, contracts, corporate minutes, consents, correspondence, and other documents requiring a signature with a click of a mouse. And they will. Law firms would be prudent to anticipate business clients\' needs to assure their clients don\'t click elsewhere.\" -- Read More

Amazon.com changes their privacy policy

Amazon.com has changed its privacy policy, writes ALA Councilor Mark Rosenzweig on the Anarchist Librarians list.

\"They state that they will indeed sell [your] information to whomever they wish... Why is this a library issue? Because libraries have traditionally and
correctly defended the privacy of our patrons records. Now we promote in our libraries behavior which jeopardizes that privacy...\"

Read on for the full text of Councilor Rosenzweig\'s letter. -- Read More

Taking aim at online anonymity

Slashdot.org had this on Saturday May 27, but today CNET picked up on it as well.Seagram Chairman Edward Bronfman made a silly little Speech at The Real Conference San Jose, California on May 26, 2000, in which he said that you should not be allowed to have online anonymity.\"As citizens, we have a right to privacy. We have no such right to anonymity.\" Is there a difference online? If this line of thinking catches on, we could be in trouble. -- Read More

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