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Facebook is likely to smash Wall Street records when it floats on the NASDAQ stock exchange this week. But in an age when we increasingly live our lives online, how worried should we be about what companies and governments do with our personal data? When Facebook begins issuing shares on Friday, it is expected that the company will be valued at $100bn, three times the GDP of Kenya - a remarkable rise for a company that was started in a Harvard dorm room.
Web browsers are software on your machine that communicate with servers or hosts on the Internet.
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There has been a rolling scandal about the Carrier IQ software installed by cell phone companies on 150 million phones , mostly within the United States. Subjects of outright disagreement have included the nature of the program, what information it actually collects, and under what circumstances.
With all the talk lately about Facebook's flawed privacy systems, it's a good time to consider what you're making available elsewhere on the web and on your system. These 10 settings tweaks and setups make your web life a little less public. Photo by Jorge Franganillo .
Tracking the Trackers: Where Everybody Knows Your Username | Stanford Center for Internet and SocietyClick the local Home Depot ad and your email address gets handed to a dozen companies monitoring you.
Photobucket, Wall Street Journal , Home Depot take liberties with your personal info
It's not really a secret, per se, but there's a quiet understanding among many iOS app developers that it is acceptable to send a user's entire address book, without their permission, to remote servers and then store it for future reference. It's common practice, and many companies likely have your address book stored in their database.