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UPDATE 1-Germany wants a German Internet as spying scandal rankles | Reuters

* Deutsche Tel wants to keep German web traffic in country* Nascent project faces technical, legal hurdles -experts* Will not work for common websites like Google, Facebook* NSA spying allegations on
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Deciding Who Sees Students’ Data

Deciding Who Sees Students’ Data | Surveillance Society | Scoop.it
Schools across the country are looking at new online ways to integrate and analyze information about their students. But privacy advocates remain wary.

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When Cynthia Stevenson, the superintendent of Jefferson County, Colo., public schools, heard about a data repository called inBloom, she thought it sounded like a technological fix for one of her bigger headaches. Over the years, the Jeffco school system, as it is known, which lies west of Denver, had invested in a couple of dozen student data systems, many of which were incompatible.

 

In fact, there were so many information systems — for things like contact information, grades and disciplinary data, test scores and curriculum planning for the district’s 86,000 students — that teachers had taken to scribbling the various passwords on sticky notes and posting them, insecurely, around classrooms and teachers’ rooms.

 

There must be a more effective way, Dr. Stevenson felt.

 

InBloom, a nonprofit corporation based in Atlanta, seemed to offer a solution: it could collect information from the district’s many databases and store it in the cloud, making access easier, and protect it with high-level encryption.


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Is it Legal for an Employer to Spy on Employees?

Is it Legal for an Employer to Spy on Employees? | Surveillance Society | Scoop.it
Cell phone tracking is a rapidly growing industry that is becoming popular among business owners as well as startups. It allows them to keep track of their workers and ensures maximum productivity. (Can you spy on your employees?
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Google’s wide net of data-fishing could land it whopping fines

Google’s wide net of data-fishing could land it whopping fines | Surveillance Society | Scoop.it
Google may be facing its toughest fight yet, as a series of court cases involving the company’s casual wiretapping of the world’s e-mails and Wi-Fi networks could result in astronomical fines, and drastically reshape the notion of online privacy.
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A Privacy Tool By Former Googler Prevents Google From Seeing User's Data Or Search Queries

A Privacy Tool By Former Googler Prevents Google From Seeing User's Data Or Search Queries | Surveillance Society | Scoop.it
In 2010, Brian Kennish the guy that build Facebook Disconnect Chrome extension that disables all traffic from third-party sites to Facebook servers quit hi (A #Privacy Tool By Former Googler Prevents #Google From Seeing User’s Data Or Search...
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FTC Reviewing Whether Facebook Violated Privacy Rules - U.S. News & World Report

FTC Reviewing Whether Facebook Violated Privacy Rules - U.S. News & World Report | Surveillance Society | Scoop.it
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Give Apple your fingerprint? It's your call

Give Apple your fingerprint? It's your call | Surveillance Society | Scoop.it
Using your fingerprint to identify yourself seems beguilingly simple: it belongs only to you, and you aren't going to lose it.
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Facebook's Latest Privacy Changes: Tag, You're You - NPR

Facebook's Latest Privacy Changes: Tag, You're You - NPR | Surveillance Society | Scoop.it
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Writing a post about Facebook changing its privacy policies can feel like a fool's errand.
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Read your inbox-Facebook has a new message for you!

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DMA: Industry Should Draft Any Future Voluntary Privacy Codes | Broadcasting & Cable

The Digital Marketing Association already has plenty of suggestions to improve the National Telecommunications & Information Administration's (NTIA) multistakeholder process for enforcing the Obama Administration's consumer privacy "bill of rights." Those include letting industry create guidelines and give individual companies the opportunity to participate or not without any pressure from NTIA.

NTIA is scheduled to hold a "lessons learned" meeting with those stakeholders Thursday (Aug. 29) to help improve that process. In advance of that meeting, one of the stakeholders has written NTIA chief Lawrence Strickling on improving any future stakeholder meetings.

In the letter, Jerry Cerasale, senior VP, government affairs, for DMA, provided a number of suggestions. Those include that industry stakeholders should draft any code they will have to consider adopting, with the multistakeholder meetings providing the opportunity for others, which would include public advocacy groups, to comment on the draft and decide whether or not they will support them.

The Consumer Federation of America has recommended a selection process for code drafters from the broader multistakeholder community, which would include public advocacy groups like CFA. In addition to nixing that idea, DMA also doesn't like CFA's suggestion of hiring an outside party to facilitate or draft the code, and DMA says the industry should handle implementation testing.

 

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Social Media vs. Privacy [COMIC]

Social Media vs. Privacy [COMIC] | Surveillance Society | Scoop.it
via joyoftech A lot of fuss has been made recently over the fact that the NSA has been collecting your phone records from Verizon and other telecommunications companies. Wake up: they've been watching you for a long time!
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This comic pretty mucu sums it up...

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India's new surveillance network will make the NSA green with envy - Quartz

India's new surveillance network will make the NSA green with envy - Quartz | Surveillance Society | Scoop.it
India's new surveillance network will make the NSA green with envy
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India doesn't seem to worry that the surveillance scandal recently rocking the US might perturb its own citizens.
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For George Orwell's Birthday, Artists Top Surveillance Cams With Party Hats

For George Orwell's Birthday, Artists Top Surveillance Cams With Party Hats | Surveillance Society | Scoop.it
This week marked the 110th birthday of George Orwell, who penned the dystopian government-surveillance novel 1984, coining the phrase "Big Brother" (In honor of George Orwell's birthday, Dutch artists put party hats on surveillance cameras.
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Why The NSA's Surveillance Program Is Illegal And Unconstitutional | Techdirt

Why The NSA's Surveillance Program Is Illegal And Unconstitutional | Techdirt | Surveillance Society | Scoop.it
As more and more details keep coming out about the NSA's surveillance program, the story keeps coming back around to the key point that many people have been raising all along: How the hell can all of this be legal?
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Is Bell’s plan to monitor and profile Canadians legal: Geist | Toronto Star

Is Bell’s plan to monitor and profile Canadians legal: Geist | Toronto Star | Surveillance Society | Scoop.it
The planned scope of Bell’s profiling is unprecedented in Canada, reflecting the power of a vertically-integrated media giant.
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NSA Privacy Concerns Apply to Education | Heartlander Magazine

NSA Privacy Concerns Apply to Education | Heartlander Magazine | Surveillance Society | Scoop.it
RT @EducationNY: NSA Privacy Concerns Apply to Education | Heartlander Magazine: http://t.co/c60yTGG5lS #FERPA
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Smartphones have a lot to say about their owners, delighting advertisers and stirring up privacy fears

Smartphones have a lot to say about their owners, delighting advertisers and stirring up privacy fears | Surveillance Society | Scoop.it
Once, only hairdressers and bartenders knew people's secrets.
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Add technologists to surveillance tech review panel, IT groups say - PCWorld

Add technologists to surveillance tech review panel, IT groups say - PCWorld | Surveillance Society | Scoop.it
Add technologists to surveillance tech review panel, IT groups say
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U.S. President Barack Obama should add actual technologists to a group reviewing the nation's surveillance technologies, IT-related groups have said.
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Most Online Adults Know They're Not Anonymous But Take Steps To Protect Privacy

Most Online Adults Know They're Not Anonymous But Take Steps To Protect Privacy | Surveillance Society | Scoop.it
A recent survey from the Pew Research Center found at the more than a fifth (21%) of adults have had an email or social media account hijacked and more than a tenth (11%) have had information important information stolen, such as a social security...
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'Raising McCain' premiere: Meghan McCain tackles privacy in docu-series ... - Zap2it.com (blog)

'Raising McCain' premiere: Meghan McCain tackles privacy in docu-series ... - Zap2it.com (blog) | Surveillance Society | Scoop.it
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These producers beat me to the punch. I started compiling this Scoopit as research for a doc on this topic.

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Technology | Academics | Policy - Jeffrey Rosen Examines the Legal Grey Areas with Law Enforcement Using Facial-Recognition Technology

Technology | Academics | Policy - Jeffrey Rosen Examines the Legal Grey Areas with Law Enforcement Using Facial-Recognition Technology | Surveillance Society | Scoop.it
On Public Radio International’s The Takeaway, law professor Jeffrey Rosen, George Washington University, discusses the legal and privacy implications of law enforcement using facial recognition technology to match driver’s license photos and...
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Microsoft moves forward with NSA surveillance lawsuit after government negotiations stall

Microsoft moves forward with NSA surveillance lawsuit after government negotiations stall | Surveillance Society | Scoop.it
Microsoft is proceeding with a lawsuit that it hopes will let it publish court orders made under the FISA surveillance law. In late June, the company filed a motion with the court that oversees... (The gods vs the titans who will prevail.
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Parental Spyware Readily Available to Monitor Teens

Parental Spyware Readily Available to Monitor Teens | Surveillance Society | Scoop.it
According to the Pew Research Center, 88 percent of teens use social media and 72 percent of parents are concerned about how their teens interact online with people they don't know.
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Yet, I'm not sure the people at Pew would agree with such an invasion of privacy. What about teaching digital citizenship and strengthening your relationship with your kids by communicating with them face to face once in a wile.

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The latest in government surveillance scoops and debate - Poynter.org

The latest in government surveillance scoops and debate
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If you need to catch up on recent stories about the NSA's surveillance programs, ProPublica published a great explainer by Jonathan Stray Thursday.
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Will More Video Surveillance Cameras Make Us Any Safer? - Huffington Post

Will More Video Surveillance Cameras Make Us Any Safer? - Huffington Post | Surveillance Society | Scoop.it
Will More Video Surveillance Cameras Make Us Any Safer?
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UK: Provide Clear Answers on Data Surveillance | Human Rights Watch

UK: Provide Clear Answers on Data Surveillance | Human Rights Watch | Surveillance Society | Scoop.it
(London) – Reports that the United Kingdom’s intelligence agency has intercepted and collected vast amounts of Internet and phone data raise serious concerns that the government has breached the privacy rights of millions of people in the UK and...
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