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Google CEO Eric Schmidt: Privacy Quote of the Week

December 12, 2009

Many privacy advocates are up in arms after Google CEO Eric Schmidt recently made the following statement:

“If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place.”

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Follow my blog on Twitter

December 11, 2009

You can receive my privacy blog posts directly via Twitter – username @PrivacyResearch.

Facebook faces criticism on privacy change

December 11, 2009

On Wednesday December 9th, Facebook announced changes to its privacy settings to give users more control over who sees the information they post on their personal pages. However, not everyone is happy about the changes.

“Facebook is nudging the settings toward the ‘disclose everything’ position,” said Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the US Electronic Privacy Information Center (Epic). “That’s not fair from the privacy perspective.”

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Facebook’s Privacy Policy

Book Recommendation: Virtual Shadows – Your Privacy in the Information Society

December 10, 2009

This book, written by my friend and HP colleague Karen Lawrence Oqvist is highly recommended reading for anyone interested in privacy, social networks and web 2.0. You can find it on Amazon.com here.

Here is the Amazon review I wrote:

Over the course of our daily lives we generate and leave behind a vast amount of “digital DNA”, both online and off, and the consequences can be enormous. In her new book “Virtual Shadows: Your Privacy in the Information Society”, Karen Lawrence Oqvist details the many ways in which our society inadvertently or purposefully tracks our actions. From “Customer Loyalty Programs” to Social Networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace, and everything in between, Ms. Oqvist examines the ramifications of our computer actions, and how we can better protect ourselves and our children from the examination and potential misuse of our personal information. This is a must-read book for anyone who uses an Internet-connected computer, or has children who do.

Karen also authors a privacy blog called Virtual Shadows that has served as an inspiration to me. I recommend you visit her blog.

Privacy rankings: LinkedIn and Bebo high, Facebook and MySpace average, Badoo low

December 10, 2009

Cambridge academics have revealed that social networks that promote their security controls are likely to deter users from joining, and as a result privacy guidelines are inaccessible.

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IBM staffer posts pics on Facebook, loses benefits

December 10, 2009

A Canadian woman suffering from depression goes on holiday and puts some cheery photos on Facebook. Her insurance company withdraws her sick-leave benefits.

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