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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...

FTC Accuses Google Of 'Deceptive Privacy Practices'

The Huffington Post | Bianca Bosker | Posted 05.30.2011 | Technology

Google has agreed to a landmark settlement with the Federal Trade Commission over charges that the company used "deceptive tactics" and violated user ...

Political Attack Ad Targets Facebook's Former Chief Privacy Officer

Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

It seems the issue of Facebook privacy has gained enough currency to earn itself a place in a TV attack ad in the race for California attorney genera...

Facebook Privacy Policy, Settings Explained

Huffington Post | Bianca Bosker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

Recent changes to Facebook's privacy policies have made users' information far more public than ever before: much personal data is now public by defau...

Homeland Security Privacy Policy Investigation Sought

Washington Post | Spencer S. Hsu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Privacy advocates have asked lawmakers to investigate the Department of Homeland Security office in charge of protecting Americans' privacy, saying it...