Facebook, Radical Transparency and Privacy: It's Not Just the Techies Who Are Mad

At SXSW, I decided to talk about privacy because I thought that it would be the most important issue of the year. I was more accurate than my wildest dreams. For the last month, I've watched as conversations about privacy went from being the topic of the tech elite to a conversation that's pervasive. The press coverage is overwhelming -- filled with infographics and  a concerted effort by journalists to make sense of and communicate what seems to be a moving target. ...more

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Zuckerberg’s Immaturity and Inexperience Hurt Facebook on Privacy Issues

Look, I completely believe that this generation of kids has their finger on the pulse of the massive change needed to bring us to a more humane, connected, responsible world.  I give a LOT of leeway to young thinkers, precisely BECAUS...more

How Young is Too Young for Social Media?

I posted this entry on my blog earlier this week and we continued the conversation over on Facebook. Now I am not a mother (yet), but I do recognise the dangers which kids can face and the fears which parents will have towards anything, and for this discussion, towards social media and generally technology. ...more

Private Is As Private Does In The Age Of The Internet

The other day I attended, as a speaker, the 2010 Consumer Privacy Consultations of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. Yes, that’s a mouthful. That’s how you can tell that we take these things seriously in Canada. We have commissionary offices that hold public consultations. ...more

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I was interested to read your views on the issue of privacy and ...more

Facebook has broken faith with us (community pages)

Here's an experiment for you to try. So far, it's not working for all users that try it, but I think it's probably only a matter of time. 1) Lock up your Status Updates. Make sure you have listed in Privacy Settings that Only Friends can see your Status Updates. 2) List ABC High School in your Profile, in the Education section ("ABC" is whatever high school you attended). ...more

Amazon Sues North Carolina Over Customer Privacy

Carolinians: That super-embarrassing book you were hoping no one would find out you own? You may not get your wish. In an ongoing struggle with the state of North Carolina that stretches back to the state's decision to collect taxes from online stores last June, Amazon has brought a lawsuit against the state's Department of Revenue. Amazon claims that the state is violating its residents' privacy by demanding that the online retailer release personal information, including names and addresses, in reference to purchases dating back to 2003. ...more

I definitely think you're on to something with the trust issue, and frankly, the slipperiness of ...more

Helena Guergis' Alleged Miscarriage: None of Our Business

I think it's safe to say that Helena Guergis' political career is a mess. Between her and husband, former MP Rahim Jaffer, there's a dropped drunk driving charge, a very public meltdown, #bustyhookers and now allegations of influence peddling, consorting with alleged con-men, and cocaine use. And that's just part of what's been making the news. But what does all this have to with whether or not Guergis had a miscarriage? In my book, nothing. The press, however has another opinion. ...more

Is so concerned about getting stories out there that they've stopped considering whether or not ...more

Top reasons that employers give for accessing, and why they are wrong

Here is a list of the reasons people give for wanting your credit report, and why those reasons are complete bunk.  This list comes from e-how (in bold), and my reasoning is in normal ...more

Searching for Salmonella, How the CDC Found the Salami.

Remember a few months ago when they discovered that a pepper-coated salami, was the cause of 245 people in 44 states getting salmonella?...more

The Balance Between Protecting our Children and Respecting Their Privacy

Last week, the news broke about a Philadelphia-area school district that has been accused of misusing technology to spy on a student at home.As @vodkamom reported on Twitter and here on the BlogHer Family Connections forum:...more
You over obsessive diaper sniffers always make me think back on George Carlin... Here's a few ...more