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FORBES: New US firm “MelonCard” starts free-to-use personal data protection service

November 6, 2011


Andy Greenberg of FORBES reports on the newly launched “MelonCard” service in the US which attempts to universally opt-out users from personal data collection programmes. It does ask for payment for its premium service of $7. Advertisements

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

November 2, 2011


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.”

Digital inheritance?

November 1, 2011


link (Digital Trends) A recent survey raises the issue of digital inheritance, with people leaving the passwords to personal information and data in their wills. This includes photos, videos, music and access to facebook accounts and other webpages. Although the survey was targeted at Brits, it would be unsurprising to find it happening here in NZ. […]

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

September 7, 2011


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


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 […]

Video advertising an application which fills out personal survey data automatically

August 15, 2011


“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.