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Generational Views On Privacy, Facebook, and Geo-Tagging: Who Owns Our Personal Information?

An article from Private WiFi's CEO, Kent Lawson, raised interesting points about online privacy attitudes among younger people.

The article presented some interesting thoughts from Ella Hickson, a young playwright.

Ella notes she is more aware of the value of privacy and puts forth the idea that most of the younger generation thinks in terms of an “inner circle of friends” and “our public self.” Read More

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Professor Uses Online, Offline Data to Connect the Dots Of Your Digital Life

Even before its $1 billion acquisition of Instagram, Facebook was home to more than 60 billion photos and was adding about 250 million more each day.

But what if those photos -- even your photos -- could lead people to identity you offline?

Last year, a Carnegie Mellon University researcher conducted an experiment by "connecting the dots" in people's digital lives via off-the-shelf facial-recognition software. The researcher, Alessandro Acquisiti, was able to match subjects whose photos were posted on a dating site to their profile photos on Facebook. Read More

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Is the Webcam Hacker Watching?

The more ubiquitous cameras become, the less we're aware they're even there, according to a new article from GQ.

The web cameras "stare out at us blankly from our phones and laptops, our Xboxes and iPads, a billion eyes and ears just waiting to be turned on. But what if they were switched on--by someone else--when you least expected it? How would you feel, how would you behave, if the devices that surround your life were suddenly turned against you?" Read More

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2012 Trends: Big Data, Privacy Concerns, Identity Authentication At the Forefront

The Nieman Foundation at Harvard University has published an article written by Amy Webb, the head of the digital ideas and strategy agency Webbmedia Group, weighing in with predictions for the big tech trends of 2012.

Webb offers an entire sub-section to privacy concerns, noting that Americans are uploading millions of photos every day to social networks. Read More

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Online Recognition: When Even Your Face Is a Privacy Risk

Imagine living in a world where you could instantly find out the average age of people at a bar, or view an ad specifically tailored for you when you walk by a billboard, or use a website that knows the name of every person in your uploaded pictures.

This may sound like science fiction, but these things actually exist right now. This is the brave, new world of facial recognition software, and it is evolving at an ominously fast rate.

While this technology has many benefits and some mind boggling applications, questions about security and privacy have not yet been adequately addressed. We may be entering an era when even your face is a privacy risk. Read More

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Zuckerberg’s Facebook Photos Hacked

Not a good week for Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg. His very own Facebook account has been hacked and his photos have been shared online.

Due to a faulty security setting, some hackers allegedly used the opportunity to highlight the bug in the social networking site, posting 14 photos with the message, "It's time to fix those security flaws Facebook." Read More

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Austrian Man Asks for His Personal Data From Facebook, Gets 1,222 Pages of It

An Austrian law student concerned about his social media privacy contacted Facebook and asked for the information it had on him. He received a CD with 1,222 pages of data, including old chats that were long deleted, old "pokes," and invitations he hadn't replied to. This article says he is "now organizing an online campaign that will try and force Facebook to conform to European privacy laws – more stringent than U.S. laws – on behalf of its 800 million users." Read More

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House Hunters: New Online Identity Fraud Steals Photos Of Your Home to Lure Renters

This article shares the story of a man whose home has become a victim of identity theft -- someone has stolen photos of his house and posted them online in an attempt to lure willing renters to send them a cash deposit. As the article says, "it's easier than ever for these scammers to run these scams. They have access to the Internet; they have access to sophisticated technology that makes it very cheap and very easy for them to reach millions of potential victims." Read More

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Flickr Introduces Geofences To Protect User Location Privacy: The Social Media Privacy Report

The photo sharing social network, Flickr, is taking steps to ensure its users' privacy. Last week the website introduced Geofences, which help mask the location of a photo and thus protect online security and privacy. Read More

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Something New to Worry About — Your Camera and Online Privacy!

Before you upload pics from your Labor Day weekend extravaganza -- and the rest of your summer vacation photos -- check out what CEO Kent Lawson has to say about the risks of sharing digital photos online. In his latest "best of" series, we revisit what "modern" cameras record, how to turn off GPS tracking, and other ways to keep your identity safer online. Read More

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