Automobile Black Box – A Source of Tax Revenue or Privacy Nightmare?

In an attempt to fund the repair of America’s deteriorating roads, environmental groups have been lobbying to allow the use of a “black box” in automobiles which would track mileage as well as location information, and use this to generate a tax bill. The LA Times reports that several states are…

Who is Responsible for Privacy Education?

On the back-end of the Direct Marketing Association annual conference here in Chicago I sit in my room thinking about all the good questions we had to answer here on privacy and marketing. I spoke on a panel “Top Five Privacy Issues… Revealed” and one of the question asked by Ginger Conlon, Editor-in-Chief…

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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…

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Snowden 101

Jay Cline is a well-respected expert in privacy, and in case you missed until now, as I had – has written a great summation of the Eric Snowden saga. Be sure to check out Jay Cline: What will Snowden leak next? over at ComputerWorld, when you get a chance. At one…

Facebook Removing Option To Restrict Searching By Contact Name

Facebook is removing the privacy setting “Who can look up your timeline by name or contact info?” and notifying users who’s profiles are hidden that they will now be searchable. They had already removed the setting in December for users who were not using it. The company’s intention it to…

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…

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Senator Rockefeller Expands Data Broker Investigation

If you haven’t heard yet, Senate Commerce Chairman Jay Rockefeller announced that he has expanded his investigation into data brokers by sending letters to twelve more companies.  The letters were sent to: About.com, Health.com (Time Inc.), Bankrate.com, Realage.com (Sharecare Inc.),Cafemom.com, Self.com (Conde Nast), Fool.com (The Motley Fool), Finance.youngmoney.com (Young Money LLC), Mensfitness.com (Galvanized Brands LLC), Investopedia.com (ValueClick Brands), Ehealthforum.com(Internet Brands), and Babycenter.com. “When consumers provide personal information in interactions with…

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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”,…

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US Postal Service Prepares to Sell Email Encryption

As reports of mail workers monitoring letters surfaced this summer, the U.S. Postal Service was applying to trademark merchandise aimed at preventing snoops — outside the government — from hacking online communications. The potential product line underscores the struggle agencies face in balancing privacy and national security — all while…

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FTC Native Advertising Workshop

Here’s an interesting FTC workshop for many of the digital marketers out there. The Federal Trade Commission will host a workshop on December 4, 2013 in Washington, DC to examine the practice of blending advertisements with news, entertainment, and other content in digital media, referred to as “native advertising” or “sponsored…