Will Nest Share Data With Google? Duh.

Quick post in response to articles like this one from Re/code and anyone who thinks…  Google bought Nest because it had a long track record of product sales success. (Two products in two years.) Google bought Nest because their products were brand new market-innovating leaders.  (Followed Honeywell, and you can…

iBeacon: So Many Opt-Out Choices! (Or Are There?)

There has been a lot of good coverage of Apple’s new iBeacon software and its privacy implications.  Before you read the PR, you should read it straight from the Apple’s mouth here.  Then you should consider reading these articles from Wired, Forbes, Techcrunch, Slashgear, and AP.   The gist of it is…

You Are Not The Product – I Am!

  To preface this post; I am a big fan of Google’s increasingly transparent and easily understood approach to privacy.  They have clearly gone to great lengths to communicate with their users, and deserve a lot of credit for doing so. However, after reading about the user-endorsed privacy change with…

Twitter Ads & The Privacy Continuum

I have to admit, I like Twitter ads. On the eve of their IPO, here are some reasons why it fits nicely into the privacy continuum and will help drive their financial success in the years to come. It fits with social.  Many people would say that Twitter ads belong…

Privacy-Related Book Review (Part Two): Age of Context (On Augmented Reality)

On Google Glass (ie; Augmented Reality).  In summary,  it depends. As with the first post, I’ve selected some choice quotes from the book and added commentary.  Before you read these quotes and commentary, please note that there is a ton of ‘context’ around them—so you have to read the book…

Privacy-Related Book Review (Part One): Age of Context by Robert Scoble and Shel Israel

In summary, it’s ‘brain candy’.  Scoble & Israel extract many of the coolest personalization and gadgets we’ve often seen in books and movies and show us what is real, coming and truly possible in the coming years.   As a sci-fi fan, I’m really pleased how they addressed these topics with…

New DMA Infographic: The Truth About Your Data

Nice work by the DMA clarifying the data lifecycle and numerous consumer opt-out choices. Click for the full post.  

Engaging on Privacy Is Not A Retardant, It’s Just Part Of The Evolution

If you had read my earlier post–I incorrectly quoted him as saying the word ‘retarded’ when he said ‘retardent’.  My deepest apologies to Robert for this error.  The post reflects the more correct comment and my revised sentiments towards that topic.   For the record, I’m a big fan of…

Despite What You May Have Heard, Perhaps Gmail Users Do Have A Reasonable Expectation Of Privacy

Here’s a choice quote from today’s ruling by Judge Lucy Koh that the Gmail scanning class action suit can continue: “a reasonable Gmail user who read the Privacy Policies would not have necessarily understood that her e-mails were being intercepted to create user profiles or to provide targeted advertisements.” Read…

Sen. Franken: Does Your Apple Privacy Letter Remind You Of This?

Apparently, Sen. Franken has deep privacy concerns about Apple’s new Touch ID mechanism built into their latest iPhones. Read the full Verge story here. After reading, I tried to recall where I had seen Sen. Franken express prior concerns about appendages?  Ah yes–during his classic interview of my all time…