Privacy concerns continue to grow over personal data use and leaks, and this week those concerns were highlighted in the New Scientist in their editorial (29th August - https://www.newscientist.com/issue/3036). From reflecting the opinion of many that "Privacy is dead": to asking how we got here, "Data has become currency"; to thinking about solutions, "Such systems … Continue reading Online privacy – is there a simple route to the ‘Internet of Me’?
Sharing today is generally seen as positive, but is also associated with negative aspects around privacy. If the negative aspects are not fixed sharing will slow and cease to the detriment to everyone, but there is a solution that will increase benefits to individuals, businesses and society as a whole IF there is a change … Continue reading Sharing – change in control needed
We seem to be caught between two stools of thought on Privacy - either Privacy is dead (aka Mark Zuckerberg and more recent posts such ashttp://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/innovations/wp/2015/02/11/privacy-is-following-chivalry-to-the-grave-heres-why-thats-a-good-thing/) or the Go Dark movement. This seems to be looking at issues incorrectly, because we haven't defined what Privacy is. Specifically, being private doesn’t mean not sharing anything - … Continue reading Definition of Privacy in the Digital Age
Yesterday Facebook announced a new feature which allows users to download the data they have in Facebook to their computers - sound familiar? For too long Facebook has been a walled garden where you can put your data in, but couldn't get it out without using a tool like SocialSafe, so we heartily welcome Facebook's … Continue reading Facebook join SocialSafe by promoting data portability
Well Facebook Places is here and you can now check-in to places (only for US customers at present) with the Facebook App, so friends and others can see where you are. Useful? - probably. A privacy concern? - most definitely. The use of geo-location apps has been growing with the likes of Foursquare and Gowalla … Continue reading Facebook ‘Places’ More Privacy Concerns On Us
Sophos has reported on a Facebook Dislike Button and the story has been picked up by major sites such as the BBC and Mashable. Essentially some nefarious folk have created an application which pretends to be the official Facebook Dislike Button, asks for access to your FB profile and asks personal questions on a survey … Continue reading Another Facebook scam – The “Official” Dislike Button
Over the last few weeks there has been mounting criticism of Facebook’s privacy rules and changes. I have been one of those - my point being that Facebook is so easy to use, yet the privacy controls so complex that I felt this was a deliberate policy to effectively trick users into greater openness than … Continue reading Facebook Privacy Changes – a step forward?