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Displaying items by tag: Policies

Wednesday, 03 September 2008 12:50

Face recognition comes to Google's Picasa

Google has added face recognition to its Picasa Web Albums service. Is that something to worry about, or should we just sit back and enjoy it?

Published in Core Dump
Thursday, 28 August 2008 02:27

Whoops! iPhone passcode bypass a cinch

Did you think putting a passcode lock on your iPhone would help keep your personal information safe as well as stopping people from using the phone without permission? Well think again because it turns out that the iPhone is as easy to crack as a soft shelled peanut.

Published in Mobility
When Andrew Chapman from Oxford, England successfully bid £35 for an old computer on eBay he wasn't expecting to have the details of a million bank accounts thrown in for free...

Published in Home Tech
Is Australia taking privacy seriously? The Australian Privacy Commissioner recently supported the introduction of mandatory data breach notification, but a new publication from her office provides plenty of wriggle room for organisations that want to keep their lapses under wraps.

Published in Core Dump
It might seem like something of a silly question, but people are asking just how secure the Apple MobileMe service is if you use it while mobile after learning it has a surprising lack of data encryption functionality...

Published in Home Tech
The UK Home Office has admitted that a memory stick with the data concerning every single prisoner in the country, all 84,000 of them, has managed to escape. Of course, this being the UK government, the data was not encrypted...

Published in Home Tech
Tuesday, 12 August 2008 15:23

Google Street View: just do it?

As individuals fret over homes and private roads being seen on Google’s Street View, is Google taking privacy requests seriously?

Published in Fuzzy Logic
Google's Street View images are supposed to be taken only from public roads, but the camera cars have found their way onto school campuses.

Published in Networking
Thursday, 07 August 2008 07:14

Google Street View: Is privacy only for the rich?

Investigation of the coverage of Google Street View of upmarket parts of Melbourne seem to show that the some of the more swanky areas have not been photographed. Is this because the rich get the privilege of privacy or mere coincidence?

Published in Core Dump
Controversial behavioral advertising targeting outfit Phorm, whose Webwise ad technology monitors user browsing habits to serve appropriate advertising messages, might have dragged the UK Government into a slugfest with the European Union over a possible breach of strict Euro data laws...

Published in Technology Regulation
Wednesday, 06 August 2008 15:27

A view on Google's Street View

If you want to know what a particular urban area looks like without actually visiting it, Google Maps' Street View is about as good as it gets. But not everyone is happy about what's on display.

Published in Core Dump
The controversial “Street View” feature of Google Maps first launched in the US has now come to Australia, raising privacy fears while giving the world a street level view of the land down under. Go ogle it and see what you think!

Published in Fuzzy Logic
Has Google become schizophrenic? It seems that way as with one breath it tells us that it takes our privacy very seriously indeed, and in the next admits that there is no privacy...

Published in Home Tech
That is the surprising conclusion of a University of Michigan study which discovered that more than 75 percent of bank sites surveyed had at least one flaw which could make customers vulnerable to financial or identity loss. The findings, which will be presented today at a Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security meeting  at the Carnegie Mellon University, suggest that these are design flaws that cannot be fixed with a simple patch...

Published in Home Tech
There is a scenario in the new Batman movie which, although technically absurd, foreshadows a surveillance system that is frighteningly close to reality

Published in Cornered!
Ever wondered if someone is reading your Google Mail messages? Well now, courtesy of a new Google privacy tool (oh the irony) you can find out...

Published in Home Tech
The privacy related problems just pile up for Google as the first Street View vans are spotted in the United Kingdom and European Data Protection laws are rolled out to greet them...

Published in Home Tech
Saturday, 05 July 2008 16:29

No appeal from Google on YouTube data ruling

An appeal by Google against the decision of a federal judge in New York that it must hand over details of every video ever viewed on YouTube to Viacom was not only widely expected, but thought to be pretty much a given. A comment by Google's senior litigation counsel seems to suggest otherwise...

Published in Networking
Do you ever feel uncomfortable when you're warned that "this call may be monitored for quality and training purposes" and then you're asked for sensitive information such as a credit card number? IBM's India Research Laboratory thinks it has the answer.

Published in Home Tech
A judge has ordered that YouTube must hand over every record of every video watched by YouTube users to Viacom. That's the user name, address and IP address relating to every video clip you ever watched. The data, contained on a set of four terabyte hard drives, is to be used to help Viacom prove that copyright infringing material is more popular than user-generated video content. And increase the liability of Google if Viacom wins its $1 billion copyright infringement case, of course. Meanwhile, it seems, all your YouTube viewing history belongs to Viacom...

Published in Networking

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