Twitter is getting more all into you
Twitter is getting more all into you

Like most – nearly all – online companies and social media networks Twitter is getting more all into you with its updated privacy policy. Everyone’s favorite micro-blog announced two days ago it will start keeping more data about you and keep it longer in an effort to sell more advertising and try to salvage its […]

You belong now to Comcast & Verizon & AT&T
You belong now to Comcast & Verizon & AT&T

You belong now to Comcast & Verizon & AT&T and all the other big corporations from whom you receive the internet in America. And by, “you,” what we mean is all the data you generate when you go online with your home computers and mobile devices: all your browsing history, your record of purchases, your […]

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 […]

Be forgotten on Google but remembered on Project Fi
Be forgotten on Google but remembered on Project Fi

In two swift moves over recent days, Internet users have discovered they can be forgotten on Google but remembered on Project Fi. The search and advertising giant decided late last week to extend its European Union-demanded “right to be forgotten” on Google searches to everyone across the globe. And only days later the company announced […]

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 […]

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 […]

Europe wants young teens off the social networks
Europe wants young teens off the social networks

Europe wants young teens off the social networks and, yea, that’ll probably work. What could possibly go wrong? As part of its online data protection reform, the European Parliament is moving forward with a provision which allows member-nations to set minimum age limits for kids’ use of the social networks without parents’ explicit permission. Teens […]

Tech companies say don’t weaken encryption
Tech companies say don’t weaken encryption

In the wake of the Paris attacks, government officials in the U.S. and Europe renew calls for increased online surveillance and once again – and in retort – the tech companies say don’t weaken encryption. As they tend to do following a significant terrorist attack (on some Western target), politicians are once again calling for […]

Government snooping increased on Facebook
Government snooping increased on Facebook

Government snooping increased on Facebook in the first half of 2015 by a cumulative 18 percent for all nations while government attempts to censor content increased by a cumulative 112 percent. These figures and many more are contained in Facebook’s latest release, November 11, of the so-called transparency report, a somewhat detailed analysis most major […]

Tech companies & privacy rights? Not so much.
Tech companies & privacy rights? Not so much.

A new study about the protection of digital privacy rights suggests tech companies & privacy rights? Not so much. “Many of the world’s most powerful Internet and telecommunications companies are not doing enough to respect basic user rights, according to the study released Nov. 3 by the Ranking Digital Rights organization. “Even the companies that […]