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German consumer group sets Facebook privacy ultimatum

German consumer group sets Facebook privacy ultimatum
12 min ago | Alibaba Throws Money At Internet Privacy Hu Xiaoming, Alibaba's vice president for small- and micro-financial group and chief risk officer, announced in Beijing that the company will invest CNY40 million to establish a security fund. Trending on the Topix Network 12 min ago | ComputerWorld Dropbox angling for larger corporate share Dropbox on Tuesday unveiled a new version of its data storage and sharing service for business claimed to provide IT administrators with more control by separating work and personal files. 3 hrs ago | ComputerWorld Data breaches nail more U.S. More U.S. 3 hrs ago | MediaPost Users Trust Online Retailers With Data Privacy, Less Confidence With Advertisers, Marketers Online auctions, banking, social networks, and competitions are taking the brunt of the burden when it comes to data protection. 3 hrs ago | JD Supra Balancing the data privacy debate: The benefits of big (and little) data 7 hrs ago | ComputerWorld 7 hrs ago | Mashable

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The future of Singapore's Geekdom News 27, Aug 2012 Exactly one month later, the geeks responded. According to different estimates, GeekcampSG 2012, which happened on August 18, saw between 400 to 500 attendees, and is Singapore’s largest GeekcampSG yet. Data privacy: What your zip code reveals about you - Apr. 18, 2013 All that is needed to match the information data brokers compile with what you buy is your full name — obtained when you swipe a credit card — and a zip code, according to data privacy experts. NEW YORK (CNNMoney) That five-digit zip code is one of the key items data brokers use to link a wealth of public records to what you buy. They can figure out whether you're getting married (or divorced), selling your home, smoke cigarettes, sending a kid off to college or about to have one. Such information is the cornerstone of a multi-billion dollar industry that enables retailers to target consumers with advertising and coupons.

You May Have 'Nothing to Hide' But You Still Have Something to Fear This post was first published on In the wake of recent news that the NSA is spying on Americans, I have been particularly struck by the argument that "if you've got nothing to hide, you've got nothing to fear." At first blush, this argument might seem sound – after all, if the government is merely conducting anti-terrorism surveillance, non-terrorists shouldn't be affected, right? But if you look more closely, you'll see this idea is full of holes. The "nothing to hide" argument mistakenly suggests that privacy is something only criminals desire. In fact, we choose to do many things in private – sing in the shower, make love, confide in family and friends – even though they are not wrong or illegal.

Online Voting and Hostile Deployment Environments Elections Canada recently stated that sometime after 2013 it intends to trial online voting, a system that lets citizens vote over the Internet. Fortunately, they are just committing to a trial but if the trial is conducted improperly then Elections Canada, politicians, and the Canadian public may mistakenly come to think that online voting is secure. Worse, they might see it as a valid ‘complement’ to traditional voting processes. If Canadians en masse vote using the Internet, with all of its existing and persistent infrastructural and security deficiencies, then the election is simply begging to be stolen.

How Privacy is Lost April 28th, 2013 at 17:45 UTC by Ross Anderson On Friday I went to a fascinating lobbying meeting on the new EU data protection regulation. Europe is by default the world’s privacy regulator, as America doesn’t care and no-one else is big enough to matter; so this is really important. Some 3000 amendments have been proposed and the regulation is in the final stages of the committee process; the rapporteurs of the various parties are negotiating compromise amendments which should be ready for a vote within weeks. So the pressure is really on.

Internal audit shows NSA often breaks privacy rules, made thousands of violations a year The Washington Post today published several big scoops related to the National Security Agency's surveillance programs. The paper's investigations were triggered by documents leaked to them "earlier this summer" by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. He has sought political asylum from a number of nations, and is currently in Moscow. The U.S. wants to charge him with espionage for his revelations. Why George Orwell is as relevant today as ever Why Orwell Matters is the title of a book published some years ago by my much-lamented if misguided friend Christopher Hitchens. Whether Orwell matters, he clearly still fascinates, stimulates and enrages. How is it that a writer who died in 1950, at only 46, should be one of the most controversial figures of our own time? During the war he spent some years working for the BBC ("wasting my own time and the public's money", as he characteristically said), and the George Orwell Memorial Trust has proposed that a statue of perhaps the most famous employee in the corporation's history should be put up outside its new HQ.

where “nothing to hide” fails as logic Every April, I try to wade through mounds of paperwork to file my taxes. Like most Americans, I’m trying to follow the law and pay all of the taxes that I owe without getting screwed in the process. I try and make sure that every donation I made is backed by proof, every deduction is backed by logic and documentation that I’ll be able to make sense of three to seven years later. Because, like many Americans, I completely and utterly dread the idea of being audited.

FBI will Monitor Social Media using Crawl Application FBI will Monitor Social Media using Crawl Application The Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking for a better way to spy on Facebook and Twitter users. The Bureau is asking companies to build software that can effectively scan social media online for significant words, phrases and behavior so that agents can respond.A paper posted on the FBI website asks for companies to build programs that will map sentiment and wrongdoing.

Windows 8 privacy complaint misses the Windows 8 contains a significant privacy flaw, insecurely telling Microsoft about every program you run, according to student and developer Nadim Kobeissi whose assessment fails to grasp some key technical details. Kobeissi, who has made a name for himself with his controversial browser-based secure chat service Cryptocat, says that the flaw lies in Windows 8's SmartScreen feature. The first time you run any downloaded executable on Windows 8, the operating system sends information about that application to Microsoft. Kebeissi says that this information is sufficient to identify the application you're running, and that Microsoft could combine this with IP address information to know who was running what. Further, Kobeissi says that the server Microsoft sends the information to supports the SSLv2 protocol, which is known to be insecure. So today I was working on some code for a new web site I am about to launch for one of my privacy projects. I wanted a way to be able to log some statistics about my site visitors without retaining any information which might be considered as private, identifying or could be used to track them; these statistics are important for attracting sponsors. As a rule, I always disable logging everything apart from the date/time, requested page and result (whether or not the page was retrieved successfully) in Apache's access log - but this is a little cumbersome to navigate and create meaningful information from. So I decided I wanted to save some statistical data to a database which I can then access and display in a number of useful ways such as tables & charts.

Google recruiting data privacy 'ninja' By Brandon Bailey Posted: 08/23/2012 05:02:45 PM PDT0 Comments|Updated: about a year ago Click photo to enlarge After a series of recent privacy gaffes, Google is soliciting software...