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Friday: June 26, 2009

Five reasons to use Google Voice and five reasons why you shouldn't.Five reasons to use Google Voice and five reasons why you shouldn't.

Some privacy advocates have expressed concerns that Google Voice may lead to 'increased profiling and tracking of users without safeguards.' Whether that's a problem is largely up to you, and how comfortable you feel with the situation.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Google @ 2:04 PM | Tags (4) | google | voice | privacy | security |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 28 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: June 25, 2009

Cryptographic challenge solved by IBM researcher.Cryptographic challenge solved by IBM researcher.

The breakthrough, called 'privacy homomorphism,' or 'fully homomorphic encryption,' makes possible the deep and unlimited analysis of encrypted information - data that has been intentionally scrambled - without sacrificing confidentiality.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Technology @ 3:40 PM | Tags (4) | ibm | encryption | privacy | analysis |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 10 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Saturday: June 20, 2009

Google tricycle camera might be coming to a college campus near you.Google tricycle camera might be coming to a college campus near you.

Now no area will be safe from Google Street View! Mwa ha ha!

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Google @ 11:05 AM | Tags (5) | campus | college | privacy | streetview | tricycle |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 8 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Friday: June 19, 2009

Looking for a job in Montana? You'll have to fork over your online usernames.

This actually goes well beyond a startling invasion of privacy in a state that has a reputation for a strong independent streak; it provides a serious risk of running afoul of employment law. Employers are typically prohibited from digging into an applicant's ethnic or religious background. An Internet search already runs the risk of picking up photos or text that can reveal these sorts of details; opening a person's social networking accounts would seem to make the discovery of these details almost inevitable.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Life @ 8:58 AM | Tags (3) | privacy | security | employment |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 11 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: June 17, 2009

IBM decides to put $100 million towards cell phone research.IBM decides to put $100 million towards cell phone research.

The company provided few specifics about its research goals but said it broadly hopes to improve mobile payment methods, security, privacy, and user interface and, chiefly, to enhance the ability of corporations to used mobile devices to interact with customers and employees.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Technology @ 5:22 PM | Tags (4) | mobile | research | ibm | privacy |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 2 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Mind-reading technology might be just around the corner.Mind-reading technology might be just around the corner.

The prospect of mind reading brings up privacy issues, raises deep ethical questions, and will doubtless eventually bring complicated legal dilemmas.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Technology @ 10:04 AM | Tags (5) | ethical | legal | mindreading | privacy | technology |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 10 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Google considering a request to boost privacy.Google considering a request to boost privacy.

Not only do many people not understand the privacy risks in using unencrypted services, but they don't know that they have the HTTPS default option and finding the settings to change isn't that easy, the letter says. Users can access Gmail, Docs, Calendar and other apps via HTTPS by simply changing the 'http://' in the URL address to 'https://,' but many don't know about that option, either.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Google @ 7:55 AM | Tags (4) | google | security | https | privacy |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 3 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: May 6, 2009

Using the Internet results in a loss of privacy automatically.Using the Internet results in a loss of privacy automatically.

Who knew?

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Interwebs @ 9:45 AM | Tags (3) | privacy | internet | security |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 419 Clicks | Posted by Vin


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