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OFF-GRID: all the ways your personal data is collected…

November 2, 2011

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Off-grid blogger TECHSTAR offers a somewhat depressing list of all the ways personal data is collected from everyday people. The article begins with the infamous Scott McNealy quote “You have zero privacy anyway. Get over it.”

The strange reality of “People-searching” (US)

September 7, 2011

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Spokeo, Intelius and ZabaSearch are three websites that allow you to search a wealth of information on anyone in the US. Searching my first and last name on ZabaSearch (free) offered over 1000 results from the US, an initialled middle name brought the number down to 64, most of whom had phone number, date of […]

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 […]

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/

The Guardian: Facebook privacy

June 24, 2011

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A link to a choppy article from the Guardian detailing Facebook’s access to phone numbers, http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/blog/2010/oct/06/facebook-privacy-phone-numbers-upload and the embedded Tom Scott site “EVIL” http://www.tomscott.com/evil/

Easy encryption for public web security

June 24, 2011

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An APF article via NZ Herald about a new service called PrivateSky which encrypts and decrypts information posted by the user to facebook, email and general internet exchanges: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/technology/news/article.cfm?c_id=5&objectid=10734020