Category: Privacy

CISPA - Invasion of Privacy Act

CISPA – Invasion of Privacy Act

When I think of the new Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) bill that passed the House Intelligence Committee I think of the scene from the film “Enemy of the State” where Congressman Phillip Hammersley (played by the late Jason Robards) says:

“Telecommunications Security and Privacy Act. Invasion of privacy is more like it. – You read the Post? ‘This bill is not the first step towards the surveillance society. It is the surveillance society.'”




LikeALittle.com – Where Campuses Flirt Anonymously

likealittleLikeALittle.com allows users to post tweet-like flirtatious updates about nearby people. The site is already posting updates from users at over 450 college campuses, has over 25,000 Facebook “Likes,” and has brought in millions of page views.




Gawker Security Breach Forces Massive LinkedIn Password Changes

I received two security-related emails in the last 24 hours. One was from Gawker Media stating that there was a breach via its commenting system. The second email arrived this morning from LinkedIn, asking me to reset my password because my account was disabled for “security reasons.”

According to this Gawker blog post, Lifehacker, Gizmodo, Gawker, Jezebel, io9, Jalopnik, Kotaku, Deadspin, and Fleshbot were all affected by the security breach.




POLL: Using Fingerprint Scans For School Lunch Programs

This is the news article that prompted the creation of this poll:

LAUSD to use fingerprint scans for school lunches

This is an interesting issue for several reasons:

  • I used to work for a company that sold fingerprint recognition components
  • I taught for eight years
  • And, I’m fascinated by the overlap of technology and culture



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Privacy Erodes On Facebook

I don’t usually do “reblogs” but the Matt McKeon blog post, “The Evolution of Privacy on Facebook“, is so striking and timely that I had to comment on it. The post is a visual chronicle of Facebook’s privacy changes since 2005. In 2005, content was only visible to limited to a small circle of friends and their immediate network. Fast-forward to today and almost all of a Facebook user’s activity is available on the Web.