March 5, 2012

The Real Cost of Privacy

Alexis Madrigal, The Atlantic

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One simple answer to our privacy problems would be if everyone became maximally informed about how much data was being kept and sold about them. Logically, to do so, you'd have to read all the privacy policies on the websites you visit. A few years ago, two researchers, both then at Carnegie Mellon, decided to calculate how much time it would take to actually read every privacy policy you should. 
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May 10, 2012
New Front in War for Web Privacy
Jonathan Albright, The Conversation
With each passing day commercial interests seem to find new ways to harness the tools on which the web was built.Policy initiatives such as the US’s now-defunct SOPA and in-progress CISPA now involve the sharing our online... more ››
May 8, 2012
Why You Don't Stalk High Schoolers on Facebook
Kashmir Hill, Forbes
Apparently, parents aren’t the only ones addicted to spying on their kids. Clayton High School principal Louise Losos came up with what she thought was a clever idea for keeping an eye on the students at her Missouri school.... more ››
May 6, 2012
Judge: An IP-Address Doesn't Identify a Person
Ernesto, Torrent Freak
A landmark ruling in one of the many mass-BitTorrent lawsuits in the US has delivered a severe blow to a thus far lucrative business. Among other things, New York Judge Gary Brown explains in great detail why an IP-address is not... more ››