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 […]

Facebook promises no more third-party surveillance
Facebook promises no more third-party surveillance

Facebook promises no more third-party surveillance – that means companies who sell to police agencies information on Facebook users, typically civil protesters. “Today we are adding language to our Facebook and Instagram platform policies to more clearly explain that developers cannot ‘use data obtained from us to provide tools that are used for surveillance’,” posted […]

Online security should top your list
Online security should top your list

The Internet is – let’s all face it like adults – a very scary place these days and online security should top your list of essentials for operating in the digital world. Oh sure, you think, “but I’m just little ol’ me, no one’s going to bother me.” But hackers, malware distributors, ransomware distributors don’t […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]