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The Stupidest Tech Laws Congress Is Trying To Pass. Associated Press Senator Leahy The bill: S. 968: Protect IP Act The bill's stated goal: To prevent online threats to economic creativity and theft of intellectual property, and for other purposes.

The Stupidest Tech Laws Congress Is Trying To Pass

Why it's stupid: The Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011 (PIPA) is the Senate's version of the SOPA bill, with all the same crappy implications to the Internet. Introduced by Senator Patrick Leahy, PIPA and SOPA want to mess with the Internet's Domain Name System in order to stop people from selling illegal goods or pirated materials. DNS is the system that takes the words you type into your browser and translates them to the numbers that servers worldwide use to identify specific Web pages. Max's privacy war brings Facebook to heel. Austrian student Max Schrems sits with 1222 pages worth of his personal data that Facebook provided to him. Photo: AP Max Schrems wasn't sure what he would get when he asked Facebook to send him a record of his personal data from three years of using the site. What is your experience? Click here to have your say.

I am not interested in money. What the 24-year-old Austrian law student didn't expect, though, was 1222 pages of data on a CD. Time for an "aha" moment. Advertisement In response, Schrems has launched an online campaign aimed at forcing the social media behemoth that has 800 million users to abide by European data privacy laws - something the Palo Alto, California-based company insists it already does.

Yet, since Schrems launched his Europe vs. "Have we done enough in the past to deal with you? The lawmakers were holding a hearing on privacy rights. Keen On … It’s Official: Privacy Is Dead (TCTV) Yes, it’s really true.

Keen On … It’s Official: Privacy Is Dead (TCTV)

Nobody can hide anything anymore in our digital age of transparency. And thus, Dov Seidman, author of the re-released How and CEO of LRN, says we have entered an “era of behavior” in which we can no longer separate our private and public lives. As Seidman told me when we caught up earlier this week on Skype, the era of behavior means that our reputations now always “precede us”. And this “unprecedented transparency” compounds the possibility of doing both good and evil.

Facebook Says 600,000 Accounts Compromises Per Day. In a blog entry on Thursday, Facebook stated that about 600,000 log-ins every day are compromised.

Facebook Says 600,000 Accounts Compromises Per Day

The factoid, first noted by security site Sophos, was in the context of an entry introducing new security features for the social network. The figure was extrapolated by a stat showing 0.06% of 1 billion logins per day are compromised. Less than 0.5% of Facebook users experience spam on any given day.

Facebook's proposed solution for such breaches is to find three to five "trusted friends". That way, if you're locked out of your account, Facebook will send codes to your friends to give to you. Spokeo Knows Where You Live, How Much You Make, and How Old You Are - Culture. If he was like mine, your grandfather always said "the computers" were going to get too powerful one day.

Spokeo Knows Where You Live, How Much You Make, and How Old You Are - Culture

Frighteningly, finally, the old men may be right. Founded in 2006, Spokeo began as a social network aggregator whose deep web-searching tools allowed people to keep tabs on their friends' various online profiles. The site's innocent origins, however, gave way to a creepier reality when it was discovered that it was a really great way to wrangle a lot of different, intimate information about a person into one place. What it's become since—Spokeo 5.0 was launched in November of 2010—is a strange amalgamation of information about where people live (complete with pictures of their homes via Google Maps), how much money they make, how to reach them on the phone, and who their relatives are. And that may be the spookiest thing about Spokeo: Much of the damage it can cause is self-inflicted. Though scrubbing yourself from Spokeo can be tricky, it is possible. Who Owns Your Identity on the Social Web? When I go to a bar, the bouncer usually stops me and asks for an ID.

Who Owns Your Identity on the Social Web?

I show him my state-issued driver’s license and walk on by. This may be unusual, as I’m 36 (thanks, mom, for the good genes), but we’re all pretty accustomed to presenting our official identification when needed. We need IDs to vote in an election, and when we get pulled over for speeding. If identification is so commonplace in the physical world, why is it still such a hazy area on the Internet?

In the old days of web publishing, almost every site required its users to register in order to access certain functionalities, like commenting. With the rise of social networks and search platforms, a few large B2C companies evolved into large-scale consumer identity providers (a.k.a. For instance, we just launched our Mashable Awards 2011 microsite.