InformationWeek: Google Is Watching, Perhaps Soon In Your Home Researchers propose gathering personal data by tracking people's activities at home through home network interactions. By Thomas Claburn, InformationWeek July 11, 2008 URL: http://www.informationweek.com/story/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=208808510 Undeterred by the persistent worries of privacy... continue reading "Could Google's data collection get more intrusive?" »

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!=: Google: "Privacy? Depends: where are you?"€™ A gaggle of campaigners (NAI, Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, Michael Zimmer, etc) push Google to add a link to its privacy policy on its home page, and Google’s refusal sparks snark: for example, “Larry... continue reading "Google privacy: Depends on where you are" »

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Telegraph: Are Google's street views a burglar's charter? By Jenny McCartney Last Updated: 12:01am BST 13/07/2008 In George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, the hero, Winston Smith, starts out by hating Big Brother, and ends up - in a moment of... continue reading "UK reaction vs. Street View strong, odd" »

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YouTube - Jane Horvath Testifies before Senate Commerce Committee... continue reading "Jane Horvath, Google Privacy person, testifies before Senate committee" »

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Stolen data live on in Google searches: (07-06) 17:35 PDT -- A Colorado woman logged on to her computer in April, voted on a CNN poll, shopped for airline tickets and calculated payments for a $25,000 car loan from Wells... continue reading "Stolen personal data never dies" »

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BBC NEWS: Google faces 'Street View block' Google's plans to launch a mapping tool in the UK could be referred to the Information Commissioner. Street View matches photos of locations to maps, including passers-by who were captured as the photograph... continue reading "Google Street View in trouble in the UK" »

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Los Angeles Times: Google has made peace with privacy advocates, and it did so without cluttering up its famously sparse home page. The search giant had drawn criticism over its refusal to include a link to its privacy policy on... continue reading "Finally: Google adds "privacy" policy link to front page" »

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Doug K explains: ... The real question is how to arrive at a health-care system that doesn't punish the sick. The answer is technically simple but politically difficult. It starts with acknowledging that health care isn't a market. More accurately,... continue reading "The problem with health care records is political, not technical" »

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Do-It-Yourself, Do-It-For-Everybody: I keep thinking about what is missing in the DIY economy, who gets left out. Is it the same people who traditionally have labor that is considered worthless? DIY youth, social participation, and interactivity are all good, but... continue reading "Cathy Davidson is (as always) asking all the right questions" »

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Google execs reveal double standards | Australian IT: Google execs reveal double standards Anthony Klan | April 12, 2008 THEY spend their days devising technology that eats away at privacy but when it comes to disclosing their own personal information... continue reading "Australian Google Execs wary of sharing personal information" »

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I put no faith in privacy policies issued by Web service firms. For one thing, they always reserve the right to change them. So only one side of the user-provider relationship can change the terms of the deal without notice... continue reading "A Model Privacy Policy" »

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I blogged about this special issue of First Monday already. But Seth reminded me to pull out and highlight Michael Zimmer's particular contribution: The Externalities of Search 2.0: The Emerging Privacy Threats when the Drive for the Perfect Search Engine... continue reading "Zimmer on privacy and the "perfect search"" »

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Frank Pasquale writes: ... A collective commitment to privacy may be far more valuable than a private, transactional approach that all but guarantees a "race to the bottom."The big question, of course, is whether such rules would effectively "cripple" innovative... continue reading "Why privacy "self help" is not the answer" »

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Bruce Schneier explains: When I write and speak about privacy, I am regularly confronted with the mutual disclosure argument. Explained in books like David Brin's The Transparent Society, the argument goes something like this: In a world of ubiquitous surveillance,... continue reading "What's the relationship between power and privacy?" »

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michaelzimmer.org: More (Limited) Peeks into Google Health Posted on Thursday, February 28th, 2008 at 12:36 pm Google has provided some more information about their beta eHealth product, including this claim regarding privacy and security: Privacy and Security - Due to... continue reading "Michael Zimmer looks at Google Health and sees major privacy pitfalls" »

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Eric Jennings writes: ... I don't know about you, but I'm a little leery about Google knowing what allergies I have or what medications I may take. They already know what searches I run, sift through my email for keywords... continue reading "What about Google and Health Records?" »

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Video guides to privacy policies and settings.... continue reading "Check out Google's "privacy channel" on YouTube" »

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Check out this report that examines and rates leading surveillance societies in the EU and the World 2007.... continue reading "Privacy International rates "Surveillance States" around the world" »

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Google's DoubleClick deal brings focus on privacy: ... Nearly lost in the news about the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's approval on Thursday of Google's acquisition of DoubleClick was another action by the agency: the publication of a proposed set of... continue reading "FTC's privacy principles" »

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Post I.T. -- A Technology Blog From The Washington Post - (washingtonpost.com): The ranking Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee sent a letter to Google's chairman and CEO Eric Schmidt yesterday, posing some rather pointed questions about the... continue reading "House Republicans take a sudden interest in Google/Privacy" »

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The great Frank Pasquale, writing onConcurring Opinions: Google Street View: All the World's a Stage posted by Frank Pasquale Yesterday I joined the NPR "Talk of the Nation" program to discuss Google's privacy policies. The callers were most fascinated by... continue reading "On Google "Street View" and the idea of public privacy" »

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Ed Felten writes on Freedom to Tinker that we can distill some general lessons from the dumb moves Facebook made with their social marketing tool, Beacon: (1) Overlawyerization: Organizations see privacy as a legal compliance problem. They're happy as long... continue reading "Some lessons from Facebook's "Beacon" debacle" »

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Googling Google(November-December2007) Privacy Inc. Googling Google Google, which earned $1.1 billion in operating income in the second quarter of 2007 alone, is now the single most important company on the Internet. Catapulted to a position of power by an ingenious... continue reading "Great article on Google and Privacy from Harvard Magazine" »

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InformIT: Google is a great search engine, but it's also more than that. Google has tons of hidden features, some of which are quite fun and most of which are extremely useful— if you know about them. How do you... continue reading "Google's Hidden Features" »

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This is a must-read story. It wraps itself around the potential politics of Google deftly. I hope Cory writes sequals. Radar Online : Cory Doctorow imagines a world in which Google is evil ... "Tell me about your hobbies. Are... continue reading "Cory Doctorow's brilliant new story: 'Scroogled'" »

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