Internet privacy is dead in America
Internet privacy is dead in America

Internet privacy is dead in America. Not that it was ever really alive in the first place. If you use the internet your digital life is an open book, there for anyone to see, corporations to use and governments to peruse. That is a fact of life in the digital age. But even the faintest […]

FCC bolstered consumer data privacy
FCC bolstered consumer data privacy

When the FCC bolstered consumer data privacy rules Oct. 27 it told the major telcom companies they need your permission before selling your private data. But don’t look for simple permission slips any time soon and don’t expect the process of restricting your private online data to be simple. The primary communications regulators for the […]

Safety online – #LockDownURLogin
Safety online – #LockDownURLogin

It can’t be stressed enough: safety online – #LockDownURLogin – is the new campaign launched by The White House and an array of tech and financial companies. The National Cyber Safety Alliance (NCSA) is the overarching coalition of government and business which has launched the campaign to help Americans improve our own individual online safety […]

A bit more email privacy – maybe
A bit more email privacy – maybe

Internet privacy in the U.S. slogged a little forward in April when the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously approved a bit more email privacy – maybe. That’s right: unanimously approved. In an all-too-rare show of bi-partisan cooperation and, well, actual legislative action the U.S. Congress’ lower house gave unanimous voice-vote approval to H.R. 699, the […]

FCC leader says “consumers deserve safeguards.”
FCC leader says “consumers deserve safeguards.”

Online information is gold these days – almost literally – and data privacy is a pivotal issue so U.S. regulators may act; at least the FCC leader says “consumers deserve safeguards.” The U.S.¬†Federal Communications Commission – the FCC – will take up the issue of consumer data protections when it meets in Washington March 31 […]

That billboard may be watching you
That billboard may be watching you

Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean you’re not being followed – yea, that billboard may be watching you. One of the largest billboard (and broadcast) companies in the U.S. – Clear Channel – unleashed on consumers Feb. 29 a new consumer tracking system embedded in billboards which will tap into the smartphones of passing viewers […]

Should a government get into a smartphone?
Should a government get into a smartphone?

Should a government get into a smartphone? In other words, should a government have access to data inside a smartphone? Yea, we know. Your first reaction is, “no, of course not; that’s a violation of privacy.” But what if the smartphone the government wanted inside was the smartphone of a criminal? A murderer? A dead […]

Americans’ concern for privacy is, um, situational
Americans’ concern for privacy is, um, situational

Americans’ concern for privacy is, um, situational at best. At least this appears to be true according to a January report published by the Pew Research Center for Internet, Science and Tech. “Most Americans see privacy issues in commercial settings as contingent and context-dependent,” explains the Pew Center. “For instance, a majority of Americans think […]

Facebook & Tor, the Dark Web?
Facebook & Tor, the Dark Web?

Facebook & Tor, the Dark Web? Plenty of tech press reports have surfaced which suggest Facebook is allowing Android users to opt for the Dark Web, avoiding censors in countries where FB is banned. The tech press reports (remember, this is the tech press) suggest Facebook is rolling out to users of its Android app […]

The ethics of the Internet of Things
The ethics of the Internet of Things

The ethics of the Internet of Things might, at first blush, seem to some to be a bit counter-intuitive. How could “things” have ethics? And don’t even get us started on the ethics of the Internet. But, you see, the vast connection to the Internet of objects and tools we use every day – the […]