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Internet Privacy

Understanding Chain Hacking: A Guide to Botnets

Harold Stark | Posted 07.13.2016 | Technology
Harold Stark

After the recent attempt upon a petition for a second EU referendum on the official website of the UK Parliament, a lot of thought has been given to t...

YTH Is Getting Teens Interested In Online Safety Through A Video Contest

Trish Kinney | Posted 06.23.2016 | Teen
Trish Kinney

The more teens know about how to protect themselves online, the better. The video contest is a great way for teens to share what they have learned and to have fun watching the ways other teens choose to share their own experiences.

Three ways to be just pushy enough on mobile

Sophie-Charlotte Moatti | Posted 05.24.2016 | Technology
Sophie-Charlotte Moatti

The mobile revolution isn't simply a technological invention from which we can disconnect at any time. We can't disengage from the air we breathe or f...

4 Reasons Why You May Need Reputation Management

Darius Fisher | Posted 05.12.2016 | Technology
Darius Fisher

As I discussed in a previous post, people must change their behavior in order to truly change their reputation - if your bad behavior got you into trouble in the first place.

Disco Lives

Mitch Rosenzweig | Posted 05.05.2016 | Good News
Mitch Rosenzweig

It's important to be able to let that door be open sometimes, especially when you are alone.

4 Ways to Handle Unfavorable Photos Online

Darius Fisher | Posted 03.29.2016 | Technology
Darius Fisher

If you have been hacked or had photos from the past resurface, there are actionable steps to minimize the damage and gain control of your brand. Below are four tips on what to do if unfavorable photos of you or your company appear online.

Talking About Teen Identity Theft

Jennifer Hanley | Posted 03.11.2016 | Parents
Jennifer Hanley

It's National Consumer Protection Week, which makes it a great time to think about the personal information that you and your children share online. One important issue to consider is teen identity theft.

The Government Is Taking A Huge Step On Online Privacy

Reuters | Casey Williams | Posted 03.10.2016 | Technology

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is set to unveil details of a proposal on Thursday to protect cons...

It's Your Data: Empowering Consumers to Protect Online Privacy

Tom Wheeler | Posted 03.10.2016 | Technology
Tom Wheeler

Simply by using the Internet, you have no choice but to share large amounts of personal information with your broadband provider. You have a right to know what information is being collected. It's your data. How it's used and shared should be your choice.

It's the Internet, Stupid

Timothy Karr | Posted 02.02.2017 | Technology
Timothy Karr

I've got some good news and some bad news. The good news is that presidential candidates are starting to talk about Internet issues. The bad news is that presidential candidates are starting to talk about Internet issues.

Multi-State Privacy Push Paves the Way for National Reform

Rachel Levinson-Waldman | Posted 01.20.2017 | Politics
Rachel Levinson-Waldman

The proposed laws focus on a range of issues, such as email and other electronic communications, employees' use of social media, cell phone trackers and license plate readers. Should these measures pass, it would send a strong signal to other states and Congress that Americans remain concerned about protecting their privacy.

For Internet Users, 2015 Was a Year of Many Wins... and One Loss

Timothy Karr | Posted 12.28.2016 | Technology
Timothy Karr

We organized online and off, sending millions of comments in support of an open Internet, beating back efforts to build even larger broadband monopolies, and creating new online tools to safeguard the privacy of our online communications. Here are the many highlights... and a few less-than-spectacular moments.

Will Big Data Be Used to Create Ad Zombies or Digital Assistants?

Gary Ebersole | Posted 12.15.2016 | Technology
Gary Ebersole

I usually don't expect deep insights from South Park. The producers of this animated comedy invariably deliver quirky, spot-on observations of modern ...

Is There a Data Vampire Under Your Christmas Tree?

Gary Ebersole | Posted 12.01.2016 | Technology
Gary Ebersole

It was only a matter of time before it happened. A major manufacturer of Wi-Fi-connected "data vampires" has been hacked. VTech, the Hong Kong-based ...

The Internet of Things: Biased, Opaque and Unfair

Gary Ebersole | Posted 11.23.2016 | Technology
Gary Ebersole

We don't believe consumers should blindly accept an opaque Internet of Things that is biased to enrich the technical elite at our expense. That's why I co-founded the Open IoT Foundation with a mission to expose data vampires.

The Cloud Is a Vast Storehouse of Consumer Data Collected by Big Business

Gary Ebersole | Posted 11.14.2016 | Technology
Gary Ebersole

When the Rolling Stones sang the classic lyrics "Hey, you, get off of my cloud", we understood the metaphor. It was a cry from a generation reflecting a growing sense of alienation. The demand was clear--respect my personal space and my world view. In that simpler era, a "cloud" was seen as a safe, private place to inhabit.

Big Business Uses High-Tech Data Vampires to Spy on Consumers

Gary Ebersole | Posted 11.11.2016 | Technology
Gary Ebersole

If we quietly submit to the data vampire-like IoT offerings from big business, we face a future of an all-knowing corporate Big Brother envisioned by George Orwell.

Lamar Smith's Lesson in Congressional Hypocrisy

Alex Formuzis | Posted 10.15.2016 | Politics
Alex Formuzis

You'd be hard-pressed to find a member of Congress more vocal about the threat of identity theft and cyber-attacks than Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas. Sm...

Security Is Cyber, Development Is Digital

Dr. Jovan Kurbalija | Posted 10.14.2016 | Technology
Dr. Jovan Kurbalija

E-, virtual, online, and net are gradually disappearing: This is the conclusion reached by the prefix monitoring of ongoing UN-based negotiations on global digital policy (negotiations on the 10-year review of WSIS, the World Summit on the Information Society).

Did You Know That Websites Can Identify You by the Way You Type?

Jeff Fox | Posted 09.15.2016 | Technology
Jeff Fox

Every new technology can be used for good or ill. Such is the case with the newly developing field of behavioral biometrics, a technology that's not the same as the physiological "biometrics" many of us know well. The chart below differentiates the two categories.

How To Remove Your House From Google Street View

The Huffington Post | Lorenzo Ligato | Posted 09.04.2015 | Technology

Google Street View can be a lifesaver when you're traveling or moving to a new place. But let's face it: Sometimes things can get a little creepy, lik...

Ashley Madison and the Hypocrisy of Male Internet Privacy Activists

Charles Clymer | Posted 08.28.2016 | Media
Charles Clymer

This is about a vicious sense of entitlement to women's minds and bodies by a large population who wield enormous influence over the primary means of communication among human beings. It's not just about hacking a nude photo or revenge porn or the unceasing stream of harassment women receive online.

Ashley Madison Is The Latest Proof That The Internet Does Not Keep Secrets

The Huffington Post | Alexis Fitts | Posted 08.24.2015 | Technology

Secrecy is at the core of Ashley Madison's business model. The dating site, which caters to people looking to cheat on their spouses, bills itself as...

Facebook Can’t Prevent Your Posts From Being Used Against You In Court

The Huffington Post | Alexis Fitts | Posted 07.23.2015 | Technology

A New York state appeals court ruling that Facebook can’t challenge search warrants seeking users' private account information was a stinging defeat...

Utah Mom Finds Stolen Facebook Photos Of Her Kids Promoting Porn Sites

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 05.05.2015 | Crime

A Utah mom was shocked to find photos of her children “all over at least 11 porn sites” after making a startling discovery on social media last we...