Kids and Privacy: Where Do You Draw the Line?

It all started with a post on Huffington Post. A mother, Kim Bongiorno, admitted that she read her five-year-old child's diary because she was worried that her child was struggling with child-sized fears and she wanted to be able to assuage her child's mind.  What she found instead was love.  A long list of all the things her child loves.  Wheeeeew. Wipe brow and scene. Except that the real story took place in the comment section and all the spin-off blog posts that came from this event: should this mother have read her child's diary, or do kids have a right to privacy? ...more
I have the passwords to my children's online accounts and they know that I can check them ...more

Is There No Privacy Anymore?

I love my husband to distraction. I won’t pretend that we never fight or say things to each other in anger. We are a normal couple. However, you will never see me air our fights and disagreements online. I will never post those little pictures / memes that denigrate husbands or marriages. You know, the ones that say when you get married you adopt a fully grown toddler etc. I have respect for him and for our union....more

FTC and Consumers Want Companies to Take Privacy More Seriously

A recent Wall StreetJournal article drew attention to the fact that, “Companies are watching you. They want to know where you go on the web, what you buy and what causes you support—with the hope of sending you targeted offers based on your preferences and lifestyle choices.”When browsing the internet, consumers without proper protection are unknowingly sharing lots of personal information they probably wouldn’t if they knew they were being watched....more

Create Google+ Circles By What You Post, Not Who is in Them

Google+ privacy for what you post is controlled by sharing with limited circles or specific individuals. Even though I wrote that you only need one Google+ circle, if you don't intend to make all your posts public you will likely need additional circles. (You may also want additional circles to control how you read posts on Google+, but I will save those considerations for another post.) ...more
That's a really interesting concept. I was doing that for the newsroom I was running but I ...more

Privacy Please: A Room of One's Own

“I understand completely, honey. Everyone needs his or her own space.” Whether it’s a few minutes alone or a room of one’s own, privacy is one thing you just can’t share."...more
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Yours Doesn't Smell Like Roses Either Kid

I just got finished doing something dirty.  Get your minds out of the gutter.  I just cleaned the cat litter.  It occurred to me while doing it that the cat is the only living creature in our house that gets to go the bathroom with any semblance of privacy.  ...more

6 Tips On How Celebrities Can Maintain Their Privacy

By: Stan Popovich Many celebrities have a difficult time maintaining their privacy. Here are a few suggestions on how celebrities can manage their private life and deal with the media. 1.  Monitor Your Fame and Adjust AccordinglyThe first step a celebrity can do is to monitor their fame. If a celebrity becomes a house hold name then he or she should expect the kind of media exposure that is coming their way. If a famous person isn’t always in the news, he or she can expect a little less attention....more

Facebook Exchange, Targeted Ads, and Opting to Opt Out

I read about the Facebook Exchange (FBX) curious as to what it meant for online privacy. I'm not of the belief that targeted advertising is all good or bad, but I do think we should have the ability to pick and choose how we're tracked online and by whom. From Facebook to Google, we’re opted in to these programs before, or if, we can choose otherwise, which raises the question: is a tailored web a better one? And what can we do about it?...more
@Kristen Daukas Thanks for your perspective as a marketing professional. I think that targeting ...more

A (nearly) public life

Blogging is personal. Well, I guess it doesn’t have to be. But all the blogs that I find engaging and worth going back to are personal. And whether I need to or not, I have tried to be personal here....more

Your Shopper Loyalty Card Data: Oh, the places it’ll go.

image via the American Library Association ...more