The collection, use and dissemination of sensitive consumer data is one of the greatest causes of concern in today’s online data tracking environment. Companies can easily access the most intimate details about you and compile them into comprehensive profiles that can then be sold to the highest bidder, without your permission or control. This bill gives some power back to consumers by requiring companies to get your permission before collecting or using this information, with only a few very carefully defined exceptions.
It’s not perfect, but given that it attempts to give consumers protections that we don’t currently enjoy, it is definitely a step in the right direction.
(via Huffington Post)
Advertising-backed web services must get large numbers of users and collect as much data about them as possible to add value for their customers, the advertisers.
“Customers can watch whatever they want on the computer,” said Brooklyn Public Library spokeswoman Malika Granville, describing the anything-goes philosophy that’s the rule at the city’s 200-plus branches.
And that has religious leaders and library patrons — even some librarians — hotter than an XXX flick.
Make this fun for yourself and go straight to the comments because according to them, protecting elderly perverts at libraries is the new liberal agenda, and I really really love imagining those protests and campaigns.
They’ve already complied with the filters, so just to cover their bases, they could probably supply headphones since many of them seem to provide a “privacy screen” (prevents people from viewing the screen when viewed sideways).
And if people really want to have a discussion on how libraries are spending our taxpayer dollars, then I would like to make a comment about how I do not appreciate that XX% of my income goes towards funding the 5.5 hours of time wasted each day by a former high school classmate who was just laid off and can barely afford rent, let alone internet access, who keeps sending me Farmville invitations over Facebook in between messages and emails to join his pyramid-schemed-designed business that would make even Bernie Madoff blush. Let’s talk about that, hmmm?
(For more information on this matter, read United States v. American Library Association.)
That’s not an accident. The e-book business seems determined to repeat the early mistakes of the music industry with “digital rights management” restrictions. But this time around, I don’t feel compelled to back their early investments with my own money.
More than half of British adults are so concerned about their online reputation they would erase everything they have ever posted on the Internet about themselves, a survey today revealed.
A staggering 35 per cent believe they could never consider a career in politics due to damaging personal material online.
And nearly a quarter of people admit to having posted a photo or personal information that they wouldn’t want an employer to see, according to a study by security firm Norton.
Someone actually funded this study?
Some iPhone 4 users are reporting that their Apple smartphones appear to be taking pictures of them without their knowledge, then displaying these mysteriously snapped photos during FaceTime calls.
Users have taken to an Apple support forum to complain of the issue. According to their posts, they have seen photos taken with the iPhone 4’s front facing camera—but which they themselves did not take—freeze on the phone’s screen during FaceTime calls.
Crazy coincidence with our class discussion today. So many questions - Where are these images being stored? Who has access to the images? Why are our phones doing things without our knowledge or consent?!
(via Huffington Post)
Woman was digging for scrap metal when she came across a fiber optic cable “which runs through Georgia to Armenia”… she then proceeded to cut into the cable with intentions of stealing it.