'to sell you stuff'Everything We Know About What Data Brokers Know About You (ads)
Other than certain kinds of protected data – including medical records and data used for credit reports – consumers have no legal right to control or even monitor how information about them is bought and sold.
guide to privacy toolsHow-to stop getting tracked in your Browser.
looking forward to...Predictions for 2013
something to consider...What is Do Not Track (DNT)?
Note: Promotional vehicle.
'breathtaking'U.S. Terrorism Agency to Tap a Vast Database of Citizens
The rules now allow the little-known National Counterterrorism Center to examine the government files of U.S. citizens for possible criminal behavior, even if there is no reason to suspect them. That is a departure from past practice, which barred the agency from storing information about ordinary Americans unless a person was a terror suspect or related to an investigation.
on outdated privacy lawsProtect the Constitution: Update privacy laws now!
It's your choice...National Do Not Call Registry (Q&A)
'Lock down your privacy'Privacyfix Firefox extension (also available for Chrome, with plans for Safari version as well)
Instantly check your privacy settings across Facebook, Google and the other websites and companies collecting your data. Get to the fix with one click. Know when policies change.
Note: This is not an endorsement.
'record is not inspiring'There’s a big hole in the ad-industry privacy initiative. It’s called Facebook.
'nearing an impasse'The Trouble with ID Cookies: Why Do Not Track Must Mean Do Not Collect
'know your iOS apps 'Clueful App (Web app)
You'd be surprised how many things an app can learn about you and what you do. Without you ever knowing it.
Note: Promotional vehicle.
ToS;DRTerms of Service; Didn't Read by Unhosted
"I have read and agree to the Terms" is the biggest lie on the web. We aim to fix that.
Related: Open Notice
'mobile privacy application'Wickr - Leave No Trace!
Note: This is not an endorsement.
'a techie sausage fest'Why I don't use Google+ (as a woman)
'social engineering trick'Gmail's Security Hole Could Lead to Mass Harvesting of Accounts (ads)
'worst privacy violators'And the privacy invasion award goes to...
privacy/data managementForm History Control Firefox extension
An extension to View and Manage form history entries (view, edit, delete, selective clean-up, export/import)
a 'blind courier'NoPlaintext
Don't let sensitive information go around the world and sit in someone's account forever. We give you a one-time-usable link to send instead. Once it's seen it's gone for good! The message is encrypted on your computer and we can never see it.
Note: This is not an endorsement. If you choose to trust the unidentified author(s) of this tool with your sensitive information, you do so at your own risk!
He's right!Privacy is not an Option
Software developers need to look at privacy the same way we've learned to look at security: it's not an add-on or a feature that customers have to turn on, it's something built-in that shouldn't be turned off.
Online Social Networks (OSNs) offer access control mechanisms to protect users' sensitive information from undesired accesses. Yet, their information is still vulnerable to disclosure when their friends assign conflicting privacy policies: a user prohibits everyone from accessing his own content or profile but his friends allow others to see it...
What a surprise! ;-)Study discovers 'free' Android apps pass along user data to ad networks without permission
Who's tracking you?Collusion
Collusion is an experimental add-on for Firefox and allows you to see all the third parties that are tracking your movements across the Web. It will show, in real time, how that data creates a spider-web of interaction between companies and other trackers.
'you become mere product'Privacy betrayed: Twitter sells multi-billion tweet archive
clarifying the issuesSetting the Record Straight on Google's Safari Tracking
online consumer protectionFact Sheet: Plan to Protect Privacy in the Internet Age by Adopting a Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights
WTF (evil?) Google!Google Bypassing User Privacy Settings - IEBlog
When the IE team heard that Google had bypassed user privacy settings on Safari, we asked ourselves a simple question: is Google circumventing the privacy preferences of Internet Explorer users too? We've discovered the answer is yes: Google is employing similar methods to get around the default privacy protections in IE and track IE users with cookies.
opt-out helperNetwork Advertising Initiative
Opt Out of Behavioral Advertising
'exploited a loophole'Google Tracked iPhones, Bypassing Apple Browser Privacy Settings
avoiding 'personalised bubbles'I don't think you browse like I do
the missing option...A Modest Proposal: Google, Take My Money
I just wish you'd take alternative forms of payment besides my eyeballs and my personal information.
disconnect.me: Paying with our data
'magnet for privacy complaints'A New Year for Privacy: The PRC Launches Online Complaint Center
'weirdly unsocial' networksThe Social Graph is Neither
Social networks exist to sell you crap. The icky feeling you get when your friend starts to talk to you about Amway, or when you spot someone passing out business cards at a birthday party, is the entire driving force behind a site like Facebook.
usability of opt-out toolsWhy Johnny Can't Opt Out: A Usability Evaluation of Tools to Limit Online Behavioral Advertising
Facebook privacy is a joke......and it's not funny anymore!
'too shady'OnStar Begins Spying On Customers' GPS Location For Profit
'there's an app for that!'How To Improve Your Burglary Skills
A note to burglars: The above link is not intended for your use – just move along please ;-))
more on 'Do Not Track'"Do Not Track" standards for the Web: The work is starting.
honoring users' privacy prefsMozilla Publishes Developer Guide on DNT
Introduction to Do Not Track
'power over vulnerable people'"Real Names" Policies Are an Abuse of Power
How honest is your ISP?Widespread Hijacking of Search Traffic in the United States
'protecting against tracking'ShareMeNot
a Firefox add-on designed to prevent third-party buttons (such as the Facebook "Like" button or the Twitter "tweet" button) embedded by sites across the Internet from tracking you until you actually click on them
Don't do that!Plain Text Offenders – "Did you just email me back my own password?!"
'easy hacking'It's not just Big Brother watching (ads)
'aims to respect its users'Instantbird » News » Instantbird 1.0 released in 11 locales!
As part of our belief in respecting our users, we give them an ad-free experience and respect their privacy by not collecting any information about them (Instantbird contacts our servers only when checking for updates, or in the unfortunate and uncommon event of a crash).
Note: This is not an endorsement.
protect your sensitive data... (2)How Dropbox sacrifices user privacy for cost savings
thoughts on private infoAssange v Zuckerberg
online 'privacy manager'SelectOut
SelectOut is here to help enlighten internet users about their choices, the companies that are behind data online, and give users the options choose for themselves.
'camouflage from face detection'CV Dazzle
CV Dazzle™ is camouflage from computer vision (CV). It is a form of expressive interference that combines makeup and hair styling (or other modifications) with face-detection thwarting designs...
Google without the GoogleStartingpage Search Engine
When you search with Startingpage, we submit your search query to Google and return the search results to you in total privacy. Because Startingpage does the searching for you, you never make direct contact with Google. That means Google can't record your IP address, log your visit, or put tracking cookies on your browser. And we won't either.
Note: This appears to be a duplication of another product by the same company: Startpage
Is privacy dead?The tech industry is a virus
sharing your personal detailsOnline Tracking Company RapLeaf Profiles Users by Name
Related link: RapLeaf
RapLeaf knows even more about Mrs. Twombly and millions of other Americans: their real names and email addresses.
This makes RapLeaf a rare breed. Rival tracking companies also gather minute detail on individual Americans: They know a tremendous amount about what you do. But most trackers either can't or won't keep the ultimate piece of personal information—your name—in their databases. The industry often cites this layer of anonymity as a reason online tracking shouldn't be considered intrusive.
comparing privacy policiesPrivacy is the new search quality
'creepy' indeedSteve Jobs Is Watching You: Apple Seeking to Patent Spyware
'unsurprisingly common' vulnerabilityXSS - an Underestimated Threat?
'sophisticated and dangerous'New trojan virus Zeus v3 empties online bank accounts
How to protect yourself from trojans when banking online
- Make sure your anti-virus software is up to date.
- Keep firewalls set to the highest level.
- Never open an e-mail attachment from someone you don't know.
- Never double-click on an e-mail attachment that ends in .exe. It is an 'executable' file and can do what it likes in your system.
- If you think your machine has already been infected, contact your bank immediately. If the bank thinks you are a genuine victim of fraud it will reimburse you.
common sense...Top 8 Things You Shouldn't Give Social Networking Sites
noteworthy traveling precautionsSummer Vacation - A Privacy and Identity Theft Primer
getting downright creepyFacebook Leaks Usernames, User IDs, and Personal Details to Advertisers
'lack of privacy, and spammy newsfeeds'Why I Canceled My Facebook Account
'don't fall prey' to scammersCensus Scams - You Can Count on It
tagged 'UI FAIL'Trying to escape from Google Buzz: The Adventure Continues!
public-to-anyone by defaultWARNING: Google Buzz Has A Huge Privacy Flaw
control over one's dataIs it possible to opt out of social networking?
'you can never leave'Google Toolbar Tracks Browsing Even After Users Choose "Disable"
'prevent google from tracking'GoogleSharing :: A Special Kind Of Proxy
an economic decisionFacebook's move ain't about changes in privacy norms
net neutrality, privacy & securityCenter for Democracy & Technology | Keeping the Internet Open, Innovative and Free
'jail-break' with careWorm attack bites at Apple iPhone
The worm, known as ikee, only affects "jail-broken" phones, where a user has removed Apple's protection mechanisms to allow the phone to run any software.
'subtle security holes'Secure computers aren't so secure
'sophisticated ways'Online thieves step up bank raids
Flash: Security and Privacy (2)BetterPrivacy Firefox extension
'privacy norms online'Context, Privacy, and (Attempted) Blogger Anonymity
Flash: Security and PrivacyAdobe - Flash Player : Settings Manager
'to give users control'Vanish: Enhancing the Privacy of the Web with Self-Destructing Data
'surveillance solutions'UAE Blackberry update was spyware
'modern surveillance'When employers become watchers
UK government is watching... (3)Agency denies internet spy plans
UK government is watching... (2)Plan to monitor all internet use
The new system would track all e-mails, phone calls and internet use, including visits to social network sites.
Related post: UK government is watching you!
'stretching the law'Net firms start storing user data
Details of user e-mails, website visits and net phone calls will be stored by internet service providers (ISPs) from Monday under an EU directive...
UK government is watching you!Social network sites 'monitored' – "It is part of a plan to store details of all phone calls, e-mails and websites visited on a central database..."
dealing with targeted adsTargeted Advertising Cookie Opt-Out (TACO) Firefox extension
Sets permanent opt-out cookies to stop targeted advertising by 28 different advertising networks, including Google/Doubleclick and many other members of the Network Advertising Initiative.
Please read the "Long Description" before installing this add-on, for important note regarding privacy settings in Firefox.
Note: This is not an endorsement.
'integrity of the internet'Web founder's 'snooping' warning
just so you know...Facebook's New Terms Of Service: "We Can Do Anything We Want With Your Content. Forever."
Related Update (2/18/09):
Update on Terms | Facebook
re: robospamNew Rules Requiring an Automated Voice or Keypress Opt-Out
don't clickFacebook users hit by virus – "The virus tricks users by telling them they're in a video..."
so much for your privacy rights...Court Ruling Will Expose Viewing Habits of YouTube Users
'did not inform customers'Call to prosecute BT for ad trial
says Candadian privacy groupFacebook 'violates privacy laws'
invading privacy (for 'good')?Vote! How to Detect the Social Sites Your Visitors Use
'Big Brother' indeedCriticism for 'UK database' plan
from BBC's 'Click' programIdentity 'at risk' on Facebook
Related: Click's Facebook security advice
snooping and profilingThe Phorm 'Webwise' System
Related post: 'fears over the future of the internet'
issue is 'privacy' not 'piracy'Policing internet 'not ISP's job'
The head of one of Britain's biggest internet providers has criticised the music industry for demanding that he act against pirates.
Related: ISPs could face piracy sanctions
'fears over the future of the internet'Web creator rejects net tracking Related:
Phorm 'illegal' says policy group
Phorm needs 'better protection'
security and privacy concernsAnger over pupils database plan
here's your proof...Clarkson stung after bank prank
TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson has lost money after publishing his bank details in his newspaper column.The Top Gear host revealed his account numbers after rubbishing the furore over the loss of 25 million people's personal details on two computer discs. He wanted to prove the story was a fuss about nothing...
dealing with direct marketers...On Labour, Ipsos MORI and the TPS...
'unacceptable intrusion'German spyware plans trigger row – "German government plans to spy on terror suspects by deploying malicious e-mails have drawn sharp criticism."
company denies security breachMonster attack steals user data
US job website Monster.com has suffered an online attack with the personal data of hundreds of thousands of users stolen...
'faceless cameras barking''Talking' CCTV scolds offenders
good to know...Debit card versus credit card – "Your federal debit card legal rights are weaker than your credit card rights."
on privacy...Is the NSA Reading Your E-Mail?
privacy issue...Friendster's sneak attack on your anonymity
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