23 August 2009

What Do Facebook Quizzes, Apps Know About You?

Slashdot’s summary says it all:

“A Facebook app[/quiz/whatever] can get its grubby little hands on [lots of stuff] by recursively sweeping through your friends list, pulling all their info and posts, and showing it to you. What’s more, apps can get at your information even if you never run the app yourself. Facebook apps run with the access privileges of the user running it, so anything your friend can see, the app they’re running can see, too.”

See also: Facebook Quiz about Facebook Privacy, or the lack thereof.


12 August 2009

New Google Opt Out Feature Protects Users’ Privacy By Moving Them To A Remote Village

Also: Should we Be Doing More To Reduce The Graphic Violence In Our Dreams

[via:Laughing Squid]

18 July 2009

Facebook using user faces for ads

Failing contextual advertising is always hilarious. You might want to opt out, though.


16 July 2009

UAE mobile network pushes spyware on Blackberry users

“…text messages and phone calls are usually more easily intercepted […] the BlackBerry architecture doesn’t lend itself to that kind of legally-authorised interception, which has caused problems in several other countries.”


17 January 2009

Demonstration against wiretapping law in Helsinki on Feb 5, 2009

Briefly in English: Meeting near the Central Railway Station at 14:30, demonstration to begin outside the Parliament at 15:00.

“Lex Nokia” is a loophole plagued law proposal which, if passed, would allow network owners to spy on header information (from/to fields) in electronic communications in order to stop very loosely defined “misuse”. Eavesdropping on “parts” of unencrypted electronic communication protocols is as much of a bad joke as pretending to be reading only the address part of a non-enveloped postcard.

The bill derives its informal name from Nokia, one of its corporate backers.

I’ve previously used this site as a vehicle for my views on the cancer of middle aged clueless-on-Internet-issues voters and politicians that’s destroying existing preconditions for civil liberties in my country.

Also: Google translation of the original post, the event on Facebook.

30 November 2008

Dutch minister plans to establish child health care dossier with data such as pubic hair, condom use and smoking habits

“A dossier will be kept of all children up to the age of 19 who come into contact with youth health care services. Routvoet [Dutch Youth and Family Minister] wants to prevent the authorities from ‘losing sight of them’. […] There are special codes for ‘no pubic hair’, ‘light or dark hair’, or ‘curly hair’.”

See also: Alt. link, original article in Dutch (Google translation), The Minister of Pubic Affairs.

[via:No Agenda]

23 August 2008

“Compare People” Facebook App Selling User Info

I’m not surprised. Something about the app struck me as quite sleazy from the beginning, but I avoided it too efficiently to notice any premium options. Maybe the features discussed here were pulled later, but I can’t seem to recall hearing about this matter before.

The same author has a later post with more details (read: screenshots) on what the premium mode that exposes the actions of your friends looks (or looked?) like.

[via:Trent E.]

18 August 2008

Opt out of some tracking done by Google-owned online ad networks

[via:Official Google blog]

3 August 2008

FireGPG – easy GNU Privacy Guard for Firefox (including Gmail)

“FireGPG is a Firefox extension […] which brings an interface to encrypt, decrypt, sign or verify the signature of text in any web page using GnuPG. FireGPG adds some features to the Gmail interface, to let you use GPG’s features directly in your webmail. More webmails will probably be supported in the future.”

24 July 2008

Memphis police director sues for critical bloggers’ names

“Memphis Police Director Larry Godwin and the city of Memphis[, Tennessee] have filed a lawsuit to learn who operates a blog harshly critical of Godwin and his department.

The lawsuit asks AOL to produce all information related to the identity of an e-mail address linked to MPD Enforcer 2.0, a blog popular with police officers that has been extremely critical of police leadership at 201 Poplar.

“In what could be a landmark case of privacy and the 1st Amendment,” the anonymous bloggers write on the site, “Godwin has illegally used his position and the City of Memphis as a ram to ruin the Constitution of the United States.”


11 July 2008

What Viacom wanted (but didn’t get)

A Google employee has summarized Viacom’s demands in the court case that famously lead to Google having to give out logs of pretty much all videos ever watched on Youtube.

10 July 2008

Privacy advice: get rid of Flash Cookies

“Flash cookies are a new way of tracing your movement and storing a lot more information about you than with normal cookies. … you can’t locate them in your browser. … not shown in the list of cookies that you can see when you take a look at the cookies … in your web browser.”

The easiest way to reach the Flash Cookies list of your flash player is through a special page on macromedia.com. At this point, most people who know how to delete browsing histories or http cookies probably haven’t even heard of flash cookies and are left with a false sense of privacy. Adobe is being irresponsible when they chose to not have the cookies list present in the settings dialog you get by right clicking on any flash applet.

30 June 2008

Isohunt’s bitorrent search engine now supports https

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