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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…

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Canada’s Anti-Spam Law (CASL) Is A Done Deal

On Thursday, November 28th 2013, the Treasury Board of Canada President (and champion of CASL) Tony Clement approved Industry Canada regulations in their final form. Today, December 4, 2013, the Minister of Industry the Right Honourable James Moore announced that Canada’s Anti-Spam Law (CASL) will come into force on July 1, 2014. That’s…

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Redfish Announces Open Router Project to Improve Network Privacy

In the wake of the NSA surveillance mayhem, Redfish has announced “ORP1“, an open router project that is designed to protect users’ online privacy across all network connected devices in their home.  ORP1 will be a high-performance networking router with an easy-to-use interface that can run a firewall, IPSec virtual private…

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Data Security Starts With Your Password

I am a happy user of Evernote, a fantastic web-based clipping service that I (and 65 million others) use to remember stuff.  Folks who know me, know I need the help.  😉 I recently received an email from them – about a data breach involving passwords.  They were concerned for my…

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Will Your Black Friday Deals Spy on You Afterwards?

So with all the camping out in front of the stores and BIG electronic deals that will be given away next week, this article “LG Smart TVs logging USB filenames and viewing info to LG servers” already had caught my eye once this week and then again when my good friend…

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German Court Rules Google Privacy Policy Violates Data Protection Laws

On Tuesday, the Regional Court of Berlin ruled that Google’s privacy policy and terms of service (ToS) violate Germany’s data protection laws. The case, which was brought on by the Federation of German Consumer Organizations (VZBV), states that clauses within the documents are vaguely formulated and restrict the rights of…

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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…

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Pew Reports That Privacy Laws Are Inadequate

So I was thinking about what Tom Bartel said this week in his article, Exploring Privacy Harms: “We live in an online world, where increasingly the value proposition as users is a trade of our information and attention.  In exchange for our time and attention – we receive this value  – the free-use…

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Exploring Privacy Harm

We live in an online world, where increasingly the value proposition as users is a trade of our information and attention.  In exchange for our time and attention – we receive this value  – the free-use of innovative, fun or useful services online.  I’ve mentioned this issue of “Data Harm” previously,…

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The Choice of Choice is Still Elusive

One thing I hate about postal mail is the inability to remove yourself from advertising mailing lists.  One of the most frustrating things about this mail stream is often you  have no idea how you got on their list in the first place! Over the years, I have undoubtedly been…