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What is your smartphone capable of revealing about you?

Recently I learned that a friend of mine had lost her iPhone.  Initial attempts to find the phone by calling met with failure – no answer means no one must have found the phone, right?  Using Apple’s “Find my iPhone” tool, she was able to determine the phone was still…

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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,…

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Is 2013 the Year of the Privacy Engineer?

REPOSTED from International Association of Privacy Professionals Privacy Perspectives  Nascent is a term I often use to describe the field of privacy engineering. Not until this fall have the first students of Carnegie Mellon’s Masters of Science in Information Technology—Privacy Engineering started in the newly formed one-year program. And only in the…

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Acxiom launches site AboutTheData.com

Most people are NOT aware that the buying and selling of consumer data that takes place without their knowledge by data brokers. You’ve seen this personally when you’ve received say postal marketing mail. I’ve always had issue with this considering that I’ve never given them permission to sell my data to…

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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…

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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…

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Peak Surveillance: Where is the top (or bottom)?

I hadn’t considered it in this way – “peak surveillance” but Brad Feld recently put this phrase into play with a post on personal privacy online… “Have We Passed Peak Surveillance?“. It seems that in 2013, so much is coming to light about even more pervasive dangers and access to…

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EU Council Deals Killer Blow to Privacy Reforms

Here is another interesting article today. Now, don’t take this for complete face value. Still lots of work going on, but we’ve been hearing this a bit on and off for a bit these past few months. It’s not over till the fat lady sings. For those who were concerned…