This year-end report summarizes several trends and noteworthy happenings of the past 12 months, including an increase in government user data requests, a community governance decision-making debacle, and controversies around various privacy-oriented technical implementations.
Tag Archives: Privacy
Top U.S. intelligence officials gathered in the White House Situation Room in March to debate a controversial proposal.
Source: Toronto Star
Software companies that make cellphone apps are being investigated to determine whether they have violated the privacy rights of children by quietly collecting personal information from phones and sharing it with advertisers and data brokers.
The inaugural edition of the Social Media CyberWatch discusses issues related to privacy awareness.
Source: Liau Yun Qing, ZD Net
Several Chinese Internet search players have come together under the lead of the Internet Society of China to sign a code of conduct which requires them to self-regulate to protect user rights.
Source: Ryan Gallagher, The Guardian
Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Pinterest: all of them could be the source of valuable intelligence that the UK’s intelligence agencies want to know about – and now government eavesdropping and security agency GCHQ is developing new tools to sift through them for nuggets of useful data.
Source: Mozilla Blog
People really enjoy social features that help them connect with others. To offer these features, social networks often end collecting lots of personal info, and their users don’t always understand the tradeoffs involved.
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
If the location of a particular computer cannot be determined, the Dutch police would be able to break in without ever contacting foreign authorities.
Verizon iPhone owners have 30 days to opt-out of sharing location, search data and more with advertisers
Source: Matthew Panzarino
If you’re the brand new owner of a Verizon iPhone, you’ve got 30 days to opt-out of sharing information including anonymized location data as well as demographics like age, gender, sports teams, dining habits and more.
Source: Shahid Abbasi, The News Tribe
Pakistan’s government has decided to establish a monitoring system of international incoming and outgoing calls along with voice and text communication of internet through International Clearing House (IHC).