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Google is changing its terms of service to allow them to use your name and photo in advertisements to your friends. Most people seem to have been opted in to this by default, although some (including me) have found themselves defaulted out of the program. If you are uncomfortable with your name, picture, and opinions […]

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Apparently in response to pressure from China, Apple has pulled censorship circumvention app “OpenDoor” from the iTunes app store. More info here.

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Krebs on Security discovered that a major identity theft service populated its databases by raiding the vaults of three of the biggest personal information brokers, including LexisNexis, Dun & Bradstreet, and Kroll Background which does employment background, drug, and health screening. This is very bad news. The stolen data includes SSN, birthdays, and the answers […]

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MaskMe (introduced in this blog post) is an interesting new entrant in the privacy services space. They provide the ability to provide “masked” Email addresses (like our old Nyms product), phone numbers, and credit cards. Combined with Anonymizer Universal, you will be able to do a fairly comprehensive job of shielding your true identity from […]

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spider.io┬áis talking about a bug they discovered in Microsoft Internet Explorer versions 6-10. Evidently the bug allows tracking of your mouse movement even if the browser window has been minimized and you have a different application active. They say that at least two companies providing display ad analytics are already using this exploit to improve […]

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From Declan’s article on CNET. The fight over the “do not track” flag continues. In the latest version of Internet Explorer (version 10), Microsoft has made “do not track” the default setting. This makes tracking by websites an “opt in” rather than an “opt out” proposition. Privacy advocates have long favored this approach, but advertisers […]

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Picking Powerful Pins

Despite all the work on dual factor authentication and other new security methodologies, in general our passwords are the keys to the kingdom. In many cases, such at ATMs, we are limited to 4 digit numeric PINs. This post to DataGenetics does a good job of analyzing how bad we are at picking PINs and […]

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In this CNET article by Declan McCulagh, he reports that the DoJ is planning to request mandatory data retention by Internet providers. Their argument is that the lack of data retention is interfering with law enforcement’s ability to investigate cases. This implies some kind of shift in the balance of privacy vs. access. No such […]

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India to Monitor Google and Skype – WSJ.com. As an extension of their policy of pushing for access to encrypted communications on RIM BlackBerry devices, they are now demanding access to data from both Google and Skype. India is demanding that Skype and Google install servers within India so the government can access the information […]

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The Wall Street Journal has been running an excellent series of articles on commercial tracking technologies used by websites and advertisers to profile and target you. Many will be shocked by the level of detail in the collected information and the scope of its collection. This information is used for targeting advertising, but also (and […]

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