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Why Does Europe Hate Silicon Valley?

Mark Weinstein | Posted 06.30.2015 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

American ingenuity is alive and well. We've changed the rules of the game, invented new playing fields, and blazed new paths. Europeans would admit this reality as much as we do ourselves. The divide therefore comes when Europe thinks these services don't protect the individual.

Hello Facebook, Goodbye Privacy: FB's Rogue "Hello Android" app

Mark Weinstein | Posted 06.29.2015 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

Smartphones these days tend to be more about the "smart" and less about the phone. With all the cool apps and features we can use on our devices, t...

Creepy, Remarkable Reveal: Facebook Watches You Even If You Are Not A Member

Mark Weinstein | Posted 06.13.2015 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

Facebook claims they found one that they're fixing for you. This particular bug enabled Facebook to track the online movements of non-users. Yes, you, Facebook friend or foe, user or boycotter, you were under the watchful eye of Facebook, whether you knew it or not.

Europe's Remarkable New War on Facebook

Mark Weinstein | Posted 05.29.2015 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

Remember the name Max Schrems. He's a European David firing his slingshot at the modern-day Goliath you know as Facebook.

5 Extremely Private Things Your iPhone Knows About You

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 03.19.2015 | Technology

With every iPhone, iPad and iPod comes a set of densely worded documents informing you that by using these gadgets you're giving up a ton of highly se...

7 Cool Ways to Have Fun Online While Protecting Your Privacy

Mark Weinstein | Posted 03.25.2015 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

I've got to be connected -- we all do today. And I've always loved tech -- particularly the helpful kind built by entrepreneurs who respect and honor their customers.

The Shot Heard Round the World Wide Web

Mark Weinstein | Posted 12.14.2014 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

The privacy revolution is here!

Apple vs. Google: The Privacy Revolution Rumble

Mark Weinstein | Posted 11.30.2014 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

In the grand scheme of things, a public tiff between Apple and Google emphasizes how important online privacy has become in the eyes of industry titans and the masses their products cater to.

OKCupid, That's OKStupid

Mark Weinstein | Posted 11.02.2014 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

I believe we have already and will continue to see real change in the coming years as users take back the Internet and hold service providers more accountable for their actions.

Google Mates With an Emu

Mark Weinstein | Posted 10.25.2014 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

Part instant messaging client, part Siri-type virtual assistant, Emu can monitor everything you are talking about when you chat. Objectively, such an app sounds useful. But that's not the reality here, not when there's profitability involved based on your private data.

Europe Declares War on Facebook

Mark Weinstein | Posted 10.05.2014 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

What will become of this suit? I suppose it could be dismissed but based on Schrems track record, I doubt it. And if people continue to join the suit, then this case will become less a thorn in the side for Facebook and more the privacy shot heard round the world.

The Dog Days of Summer and 99 Days of Facebook Freedom - Woohoo!

Mark Weinstein | Posted 09.22.2014 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

At the end of the day we are not customers to Facebook rather we are products that offer cash potential to advertisers (their true customers) based on every online move we make. Facebook knows it. We know it. Zuckasaurus knows it.

Facebook, It's Time We Talk Divorce

Mark Weinstein | Posted 09.04.2014 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

Facebook is doing everything it can to rebuild another you, faster, stronger, more perfect, and more capable of maximizing the profit it hopes to extract with advertisers. Sound farfetched? Not when you throw in the opening an English investigation as to whether Facebook violated data protection laws with its actions.

The Supreme Court Rules With a Caveat in the Wings: Is Your Smartphone Public or Private?

Mark Weinstein | Posted 08.27.2014 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

It appears that Chief Justice Roberts feels that if a social media company states that they have access to view and analyze your posts, content, and relationships, then that ought to be fair game for the government (and law enforcement), too.

Is Silicon Valley More Dangerous to Your Privacy Than the NSA?

Mark Weinstein | Posted 08.11.2014 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

The Silicon Valley tech giants want to reform government surveillance on the Internet? That's what they say, anyway.

The Right to Rewrite Your Personal History

Mark Weinstein | Posted 07.15.2014 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

On May 13, the ECJ rained on Google's anti-privacy parade by ruling that people can ask Google to delete sensitive information from its Internet search results. On the surface, you would think that online privacy advocates would refer to this court decision as the shot heard round the world -- only it's not and here's why.

Snapchat's Big Lie to Americans

Mark Weinstein | Posted 07.12.2014 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

Which is worse: pursuing a scorched earth policy towards online privacy while claiming to "do no evil" or blatantly lying about yourself as an important online privacy application? I would vote for the latter.

WhatsApp With WhatsApp?

Mark Weinstein | Posted 04.28.2014 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

Facebook and WhatsApp are perfect privacy partners. Each hand feeds one another with your privacy serving as the main course. The best course of action to take is to look for companies that have built into their app methodologies that truly protect user interest.

Freedom From Unauthorized Intrusion

Mark Weinstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

Merriam-Webster's online dictionary defines privacy as "freedom from unauthorized intrusion." The United States government defines privacy as "freedom from unauthorized intrusion, except by us." Personally I prefer the former definition.

How Far Will You Go to Protect Your Emails?

Mark Weinstein | Posted 11.17.2013 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

How far will you go to protect your emails? As individuals we can't really answer that question. That's because we're at the whim of our email provide...

These Terms and Conditions Shouldn't Apply to Anyone

Mark Weinstein | Posted 10.14.2013 | Entertainment
Mark Weinstein

Similar to Vine, they can rent or sell your information as they see fit, as long as it adheres to its Privacy Policy, which as a living document, it can change at any time without notifying you. Did you follow that?

Cantor's "Citizen Cosponsor" Raises Concerns

Marci Harris | Posted 05.21.2012 | Politics
Marci Harris

The site allows for those "cosponsoring" and "tracking" bills to receive updates that are not defined. Will these updates be managed by the Majority Leader's office? If so, are they partisan messages from the Republican Caucus or will they be couched as updates from the institution of "Congress"?

Google Dumping Over 60 Privacy Policies for 1

Ramon Nuez | Posted 03.27.2012 | Technology
Ramon Nuez

Google clearly defines how your personal data is being collected and used. Google uses this data for a number of reasons which are spelled out in the privacy statement. And only Google uses your information, unless you have given them opt-in consent.

Cover Your App: Five Lessons from Recent Data Breaches

Scott Vernick | Posted 03.26.2012 | Technology
Scott Vernick

A few simple changes in how you handle your online activities and personal technology can have a huge impact in safeguarding your life on the Internet.

Report: Goldman Tells Staffers To Stay Away From Protests

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 12.13.2011 | Business

Goldman Sachs employees better not think of grabbing lunch or taking in the scenery at Zucotti Park. "The firm” as it’s known among its workers ha...