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What is Privacy, Really?

Well I guess privacy has no real definition.  Privacy is what each individual thinks it is or wants it to be.  The internet is the biggest thing out right now and there is too much money to be made.  Some people believe that target marketing is ok, some believe that it is an invasion of privacy.  Personally, I don't see anything wrong with it, I mean the important things we want to keep private, like bank records and such, are unharmed in this marketing campaign. 

There are options out there to keep our usage private, like software.  There is also legislation in effect and in the making to keep use safe, like the Internet Bill of Rights.  But there still should be a choice, and companies know that and are making amends with ways to "turn off" these marketing trackers and let us have the "old school" internet browsing. 

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Stricter online privacy rules possibly detrimental - ZDNet Asia

Stricter online privacy rules possibly detrimental - ZDNet Asia | You Don't Know Me | Scoop.it

"Marketing communications firm TeamAsia believed that consumers have to make a choice between privacy and user experience."  This is true, nothing is free in the world.  You cannot have your cake and eat it too.  If something like a social network site seems to be free, it is not, there IS a price to be paid and it is privacy.  If there are stricter policies on privacy online then the sites we use for free are the ones that will suffer.  This article suggests this exactly, "ITIF's Castro noted that corporations were not the main threat to privacy, but it was individuals who needed to be more careful with leaving traces of information online."  It seems that this new "target advertising" is not hurting, but helping.  "The reality is that the top privacy threats to most people's privacy do not come from distant companies but from family and 'friends' who read your e-mail, steal your credit cards, and look through your Web browser history."

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Theater Of Cruelty: On the Down-Low - Part 1

Theater Of Cruelty: On the Down-Low - Part 1 | You Don't Know Me | Scoop.it

I have talked about the online marketing tools using our information, but here is a different take, the government getting to view all of our internet activity to "regulate" what we do.  This is about Canada's C-30 bill, but as we know it has to start somewhere.  This bill will allow law enforcement to access your internet usage and details, without privacy as a concern.  This would be an infringement on our rights, this bill has a lack of due process to be able to view your activities.  For instance to get a phone tap a warrant is needed from a judge, but with this bill there need only be a "want" to look into your affairs and this could be a huge misuse by certain people.  Laws are sometimes tried in some countries and then adopted in others.   Since 9-11 there has been several standards set and broken from the past that makes our civil liberties null and void.  In the end the government could simply say that this is all for the good of society to help fight crime and our privacy is not important, but were will it stop, hopefully before it hits the US.

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Vogel Internet, Information Technology and e-Discovery Blog : Texas Internet, Information Technology, eCommerce & E-Discovery Lawyer & Attorney Peter S. Vogel : Gardere Wynne Sewell Law Firm : Dall...

Nine scientists recently sued for invasion of privacy because their personal emails were secretly monitord.  These scientists worked for the FDA and they apparently used the computers from work at the FDA for this personal business and there is a disclosure in place that states that the work computers are monitored, so this was a dead end, you cannot expect the same level of privacy you would get at home as in at work because of copyright and trade sectret laws.  Ths most interesting part of this Blog is the proposal to the White House of the "Internet Bill of Rights" for legislative consideration.  These rights include: Individual control over the data collecting companies and how they use it, the right to understand the sophisticated privacy policies, better security and accountability.   

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White House, NSA weigh cybersecurity, personal privacy - Washington Post

White House, NSA weigh cybersecurity, personal privacy - Washington Post | You Don't Know Me | Scoop.it

Having protection from cyberhackers and other internet crimes has its disadvantages.  The NSA would like to take the role of the protectors on the Internet, but with this comes a major invasion of our privacy.  The NSA would have access to any and all internet traffic in a way to deture these internet crimes.  The White House, Justice Department and Obama are against this legislature because of the infringment on freedom it comes with.  Indeed there is no legislation in effect, but you can bet there will be in the near future.  The legilsation in question in this article learns towards critical infrastucture facilities, like nuclear power plants.  The Department of Homeland Security also has a role in this and there is a proposal of this joint division going before Congress in May.  All other Legislature of this kind has been voted down in the past. 

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Is Google ignoring Internet privacy? [Update] - CBS News

Is Google ignoring Internet privacy? [Update] - CBS News | You Don't Know Me | Scoop.it

USA TODAYIs Google ignoring Internet privacy? [Update]CBS NewsIf so, that raises a troubling question: Is Google deliberately ignoring Internet users' privacy preferences?  Specifically, the software maker says Google circumvents IE's so-called P3P Privacy Protection feature, a Web standard that lets websites tell a browser
what they intend to do with information they collect about a user.  It seems that until we have regulation, which can take an average of 6 years, anything goes.  Companies are going to push target marketing to the limits until there are perameters set.  According to the Wall Street Journal, Google and other advertising network owners used special code to bypass Safari's privacy settings, letting it track Web users.  Microsoft and Google have regularly traded shots over privacy, each trying to
paint the other as serial violators.

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Pew Report: 65% View Personalized Search As Bad; 73% See It As Privacy Invasion

Pew Report: 65% View Personalized Search As Bad; 73% See It As Privacy Invasion | You Don't Know Me | Scoop.it

The voter are in!  Most people do not want their privacy invaded just to have a better search engine, although the search giants Google and Bing will state that they provide better results by using this privacy invading idea.  Well the numbers don't lie and 65% of the people polled, say that it is a bad thing because it limits the information you get online and what search results you see.  29% say that it is a good thing because it gives results that are more relevent to them.  They even break down the polls to demographics and basically it states that the older someone is the more they do not like an invasion of privacty just to make an easier search.  Overall 73% of the people say they were  " Not Ok" with personalized search because they felt it was an invasion of privacy.

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According To The FBI, Internet Privacy Is Now Considered To Be Suspicious Activity

According To The FBI, Internet Privacy Is Now Considered To Be Suspicious Activity | You Don't Know Me | Scoop.it

The FBI is actually thinking that if you try and hide what you are doing on the internet in a public place, then you are up to no good.  We have been told that all of our rights are now “limited privileges” that can be taken away at any time for the sake of “national security”.  Sadly, most Americans have become convinced that if we give up large amounts of liberty and freedom it will help the authorities keep us safe.

I sure hope this is not how people think because it will never end.  Once the government starts taking our liberties, they will never stop.  Here is this article are thing the FBI want us to look out for and things to do if we see them.  Does this mean we are suppose to snoop and look at other people's screens?

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Culture Desk: How to Get Privacy Right : The New Yorker

Culture Desk: How to Get Privacy Right : The New Yorker | You Don't Know Me | Scoop.it

"Data is the new currency on the internet".  It is all big business and advertising does fund the interent.  "What we really need to fear is outright fraud".  This behaviorism advertising is harmless.  These companies are making everything available to the public that they are doing and they are only trying to make our lives easier and more efficient.  Self policing as opposed to legislative policing is a good idea for the internet.  Laws take too long to pass and technology moves at too fast of a pace for legislature to keep up.  The system of evolving social norms, corporate shaming has brought about a coalition that will soon voluntarily include "do not track" buttons on their web browsers.  What this article means is that the power of the peoples voice is much more powerful than any legislature in place.  We are the ones they are marketing to and we are the ones paying their salaries in an indirect way, so if there is something we do not like we can change it.

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Brooklyn's Spotflux raises $1M to help users regain their privacy on the web - VentureBeat

Brooklyn's Spotflux raises $1M to help users regain their privacy on the web - VentureBeat | You Don't Know Me | Scoop.it

The Brooklyn based startup Spotflux is announcing a $1 million funding led by New Atlantic Ventures and taking the beta label off its product in time for SXSW.  Spotflux is a desktop application for Mac and PC, so any service, from Skype to web to browsing, that encrypts your connection through a virtual private network (VPN).  This program can help on so many levels, An example of Spotflux in action? When the government of Iran tried to block Internet access for its citizens last month, the more than one thousand Spotflux users in Iran were able to continue accessing the web, while remaining safe from the sort of deep packet inspection that might tip off the repressive regime.  So there are things that can be done to protect ourselves until there is legislation in place.

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Privacy software, criminal use - Boston.com

There are ways to protect our online privacy, but this means that criminals can also be protected from being found.   The Tor Project is widely considered the largest service in the world that allows users to navigate the Internet anonymously, but apparently it is being used for child pornagraphers and drug deals to go down anonymously.  In their defense they cannot control the way people use their site, just like a gun manufacturer cannot control the way someone uses a gun.  This new program helps consumers protect themselves from internet surveillance.  Users include those speaking out against oppressive political regimes in other countries, corporate whistle-blowers, law enforcement officials, and domestic abuse victims, people that are trying not to be found, but the downside is it works.

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