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  • Daddy, Make the Bad Man Go AwayGovernment, Consumer Protection, Blog, Personal Finance, Privacy

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    So, it’s 10:15 PM and your eight-year-old just woke up with a nightmare. While you’re tending to him, the phone rings and of course your 13-year-old daughter gets to it first. A minute or two later she bursts into her brother’s room crying, and blurts out to the two of you that the nasty man on the phone just told her that mommy and daddy would go to jail if they didn’t pay their old […]

  • Herding Cats: Regulating Online TrackingData Security, Blog, Privacy, Technology

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    There was a time, when the World Wide Web was young, that many entrepreneurs counted on the idea they could make money the old-fashioned way–by charging cyber-customers on a per-use basis, the same way they charged traditional brick-and-mortar patrons. Most print magazines, for example, felt they could make a seamless transition from paid print subscriptions to paid Internet subscriptions. Newspapers believed that some of their traditional departments, such as classifieds, would become huge profit centers […]

  • The Michaels & Fox Data Breaches: Coincidence or Cohesion?Data Security, Blog, Privacy, Identity Theft, Technology

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    Well, two fascinating—and repellant—things happened in the last few days, which but for the broadest possible subject matter connection, would seem to be unrelated. On May 6, a group calling itself LulzSec hacked Fox Entertainment network computers and released personal information about people from the database of potential contestants for the popular Fox show “X Factor.” Five days later, the same group announced in quite caustic terms that it also had hacked Fox.com computers to […]

  • When You’re the Apple of Their EyeData Security, Blog, Privacy, Technology

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    The World Wide Web seems to be making the world less wide. Everyone is connected to everyone and everything else, and that is changing the way many things are done, particularly advertising and marketing. The past decade or so has seen a radical evolution in the way marketers define and reach their target markets. Gone are the days when the Sunday insert sufficed for advertisers looking to pinpoint potential customers. These days, advertisers want to […]

  • FTC “Do Not Track” Proposal: Q&A With A Privacy AdvocateBlog, Privacy

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    Earlier this month the Federal Trade Commission formally announced a new world order that would provide more privacy options for Internet users. The cornerstone of that proposal is a universal “Do Not Track” mechanism that would allow web consumers to block access to online marketers. The proposal is viewed by privacy groups as similar to the FTC’s 2004’s “Do Not Call” registry, which gave consumers the option to block unwanted telemarketing calls to their homes. […]

  • ID Theft Watch: One iPhone App Too ManyBlog, Privacy, Identity Theft, Technology

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    My name is Adam and I own an iPhone. In that regard, I’m not alone. I have about 85 million fellow iPhone “friends.” Sure, that’s about 415 million fewer friends than Mark Zuckerberg, the co-founder of Facebook. But still, 85 million is no trifling number. Even more telling, The New York Times reports that iPhone users are purported to be more sexually active than Blackberry or Android users. While flattering, I can’t vouch for that […]

  • Colorado’s Pot Plan: Orwellian Surveillance or Sound Law Enforcement?Government, Blog, Privacy

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    Here’s a news item that makes me sit back and scratch my chin: Colorado lawmakers and regulators are creating the nation’s first surveillance system to track the sale of medical marijuana. The state will use video cameras to track pot sales. It’s also considering additional tracking measures including fingerprints of prescription holders and radio frequency chips on pot plants. The goal is to make sure that pot buyers actually have prescriptions and that customers buy […]

  • Big Privacy Breaches, Big ConsequencesBlog, Privacy

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    News of Tyler Clementi’s tragic suicide after the teenage Rutgers student was emotionally devastated by an online video brings to mind other cases in which webcams became spying tools, with repugnant consequences. Perhaps the most infamous involved the Lower Merion School District in suburban Philadelphia, which gave laptops to high school students. District officials activated the laptops’ webcams 42 times, capturing images of shirtless students sleeping or walking around their bedrooms. The practice was discovered […]

  • Security Risks of Mobile BankingBlog, Privacy, Identity Theft, Technology

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    Hail the Gods of Ever More Convenience, but Alas, Beware the Demons of Ever Less Security So there I was, watching TV the other night and suddenly this provocative bank commercial came on. Imagine that… a provocative TV ad for a financial institution. A man and a woman are giggling and talking excitedly about something they have been waiting to do the entire day. The camera pans slowly, erotically, up the fluffy carpet past a […]

  • Be My Valentine – ID Theft & the Broken HeartData Security, Blog, Privacy, Identity Theft

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    There was a song from the ’30s or ’40s entitled, “How Could You Believe Me When I Said I Loved You When You Know I’ve Been A Liar All My Life.” In an age where the worlds of online dating and identity theft collide with disastrous results, for many this tune might as well be a personal soundtrack. Across the cyber universe, people are sitting in dark rooms, in front of computer monitors, anonymously typing […]

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