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Quick Reading Reco: Why Privacy Concerns are Ruining Facebook

Folks, Brennon Slattery has an article published at PCWorld that looks at recent changes (and trends) and I would like to suggest Facebook users (in particular) take a look at…

Why Privacy Concerns are Ruining Facebook

Facebook has had more than its share of privacy problems. There’s the Beacon fiasco; the lawsuits; the federal complaints; international investigations; and schemes galore. There are also a multitude of methods to protect your privacy both on Facebook and online in general. If Facebook users became more acquainted with the power they have to protect themselves, perhaps sweeping shut-downs such as these wouldn’t be necessary. But as Facebook locks doors and tosses keys, I cannot help but feel it’s headed in the opposite direction from whence it started, dismantling its very purpose, and adopting an attitude of exclusivity.”

To read the article, click here. (Note: on this website, all blue text items are “clickable”)

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December 2, 2009 Posted by | advice, computers, Internet, privacy, security | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Britons Wake Up. Too Late.

Ever-Present Surveillance Rankles the British Public

Successive U.K. governments have gradually constructed one of the most extensive and technologically advanced surveillance systems in the world.. The development of electronic surveillance and the collection and processing of personal information have become pervasive, routine and almost taken for granted.”traffic_cam

This NY Times article is an important read. It seems that people in England are discovering that giving one’s government too much power might not be such a good thing.

It has become commonplace to call Britain a “surveillance society,” a place where security cameras lurk at every corner, giant databases keep track of intimate personal details and the government has extraordinary powers to intrude into citizens’ lives.”

All I can say is.. isn’t it a little late to think of that?

This article features one woman’s experience in a striking example of abuse of power, and it is a glimpse at our future.. unless we get smart now, and stop buying into the “it’s for your protection” (aka “combats terrorism”) lie. Surveillance is NOT necessarily a good thing, people.

Please read, Ever-Present Surveillance Rankles the British Public

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October 25, 2009 Posted by | News, privacy | , , , , , , | 1 Comment