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An Outsider’s Perspective on the California Personal Privacy Protection Act

A former California state senator (Steve Peace) and a retired litigator (Michael Thorsnes) are working hard to have Californians vote on their Personal Privacy Protection Act (PPPA). From what I understand, if they obtain the required number of names on their petition, it would be put to a vote in…

Yahoo! Mail Under Wiretapping Fire

Wendy Davis of Mediapost reported last week that Yahoo is also now being sued for scanning emails to target ads to their users. This comes on the heels of Gmail – also managing a class action suit in progress for essentially the same issue. Privacology.com Contributor Ben Isaacson recently discussed the latest…

Key Resource: Schneier on Security

I wanted to take a moment and recommend one of my favorite resources for security and privacy intelligence. Schneier on Security. When it comes to security – both online and off – there are few in the world  I think of as more qualified an expert as Bruce Schneier.  I’ve…

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Yahoo! Recycled Email Exposes User Data

A few months ago when Yahoo! announced plans to “recycle” email addresses which had seemingly been long abandoned, some people rejoiced and others cringed. Rejoicers included those who saw the opportunity to grab a unique “whatever@yahoo.com” email address – maybe something very distinct or identifying to them personally, like “bob.smith”,…

#pii2013 You Are The Internet of Things

Yesterday #pii2013 in Seattle, there were some excellent discussions about the Internet of Things (IoT) and how it intersects with consumer (and business/public sector) privacy.  This is a topic I’m passionate about because it is the beginning of a revolution in privacy that is beginning to affect everyone — everywhere….

Read Our Lips: “You Are The Product”

I loved seeing this post the other day from Venture Beat and Meghan Kelly – Paying for privacy: Why it’s time for us to become customers again It’s a marvel to me that maybe users of online services still don’t get this. Last summer as I drove into work one morning,…

Malver-what? Malvertising? Huh?

Malvertising. It’s one of those fun, tech, online, compound words that get coined – and while fun to use, and have a great ring to them, we don’t always know just what exactly they mean. Malvertising was in the news this week – which made me think of this today….

Google Says It Can Read Users Email

That’s a bit of a salacious headline – but it cuts to the chase. Google has been responding to a class action lawsuit, filed in May, asserting that they “unlawfully opens up, reads, and acquires the content of people’s private email messages” – and that such action would violate at least…

US and UK Defeat Privacy and Security Online

An incredibly troubling and revealing article today at The Guardian – “US and UK spy agencies defeat privacy and security on the internet“. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised at this – it seems obvious given the NSA’s mission that they’d work hard to do their eavesdropping, however it hasn’t…

Prank Call to NSA

A little tongue-in-cheek moment on the heels of this summer’s revelations about the National Security Agency here in the United States having access to citizens data through service providers and other means. This guy accidentally deleted an email from his Gmail account – “hey NSA, can you help me get…