POLITICS.HU (Hungary): Hungary’s data protection ombudsman lays down the law about personal surveys.

August 20, 2011

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“Ombudsman rules personal data in govt survey be destroyed” “According to the ombudsman, the bar code in the header of each questionnaire makes the sheets “unique and personal”, and respondents could be identified. Jori also said that the waiver attached to each questionnaire “would allow for nearly unlimited handling” of the personal data of respondents.”

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Stephen Bell Opinion Piece on Google+ name criteria

August 17, 2011

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Computer World writer Stephen Bell (NZ) takes a look at the way Google+ restricts usernames to something that sounds like a real name. “The company has displeased some potential users by insisting they use their real names or at least a name by which they are well-known and which looks like a conventional name.” Interesting […]

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Video advertising an application which fills out personal survey data automatically

August 15, 2011

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“it saves you a lot of time.” Apparently this application automatically fills out data for personal surveys, ostensibly to save time. Thankfully the video’s author advises not adding information such as your credit card details.

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NZ Herald: Smartphones test for new privacy law

August 8, 2011

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LINK “Any site on the web could personalise itself to react to where you are as well as who you know,” says Coates. Combine automatic “geotagging” (geographical identification) with blog posts, photos, tweets and so on, and suddenly you have “a hyper local sense” of what people are thinking – “what everyone in Nebraska thinks […]

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NZ post privacy policy for the Lifestyle survey

July 1, 2011

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Privacy policy here  

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Google+ privacy profile

June 29, 2011

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Interesting article from wired.com about privacy on google’s new social networking site google+ http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2011/06/google-facebook-privacy/ although google shouldn’t be breaching privacy thanks to the failure of google+’s predecessor, google buzz. http://techliberation.com/2011/03/30/the-ftc%E2%80%99s-google-buzz-privacy-settlement/

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