Or, how I learned to love the ads, as long as my face was in it... via PCWorlds' Brad Chacos, comes this astonishingly well written screed, detailing the latest indication of the death of privacy. To wit: Google Inc.'s (NasdaqGS: GOOG) plan to utilize your countenance, commentary and legal name within their advertising inventory. See any problems with this?
Nothing like a bit of SSN and Credit Card information theft accusations (specifically, violations of the Stored Communication Act (SCA), the Electronic Privacy
Communication Act (ECPA) and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA)) to round out the weekend. Evidence has led a Federal Court in Chicago to grant class-action status to a suit brought by plaintiffs against ComScore (NasdaqGS: SCOR) a publicly traded internet user tracking service.
The highly respected Om Malik opines on Facebook Home, aka The Death of Privacy...
'Facebook’s history as a repeat offender on privacy, and playing loose
and easy with our data means that need to be even more vigilant about
privacy issues, thanks to this Home app/faux-OS.' - via GigaOm's Om Malik
News, of a privacy shake up (as it were) at Google, Inc. (NasdaqGS: GOOG). Evidently, the current privacy director Alma Whitten, Ph.D., is stepping down, to be replaced by Lawrence You. Privacy failures at Google just kept adding up, is it any wonder Whitten's ouster took place?
"Placing Alma as the director of privacy and the other strict
controls that Google claimed it would implement didn't stop buzz from
happening, nor the Safari cookie tampering that led to the 22.5 million
FTC fine," - Chris Soghoian
'CALEA (Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act) requires
telecommunications carriers and makers of communications equipment to
enable their equipment so it can be used for surveillance purposes by
federal law enforcement agencies.' - via Computerworld's Jaikumar Vijayan