Most of us are concerned about Internet privacy, or the lack thereof, but Betty “BJ” Ostergren is doing something about it. Ostergren maintains a webpage which outs the private personal information of public officials – all of which is available to anyone with an Internet connection and a clue – in an effort to […]
There is a hue and cry being raised across the web about Yahoo’s use of web beacons, which some liken to “super cookies”, and which allow the tracker to track a user’s movements not only within their own website, but even when the user has moved on to other, unaffiliated websites. The use of web […]
NEW YORK, May 18, 2005 – From computer monitoring and telephone taping to video surveillance and GPS satellite tracking, employers are using policy and technology to manage productivity and protect resources. To motivate employee compliance, companies increasingly are putting teeth in technology policies. Fully 26% have fired workers for misusing the Internet. Another 25% have […]
How many people a day do you suppose go into a mega-electronics store like Circuit City and purchase a new computer? And how many of those people do you suppose have the store like Circuit City transfer their personal data from their old computer to their new computer for them? How many of you have […]
Many of Aunty’s dear readers will remember that around Christmas last year Aunty told you about the Ellsworth family trying to get access to their slain son’s Yahoo email account, after their son Justin Ellsworth was killed in combat in Iraq. And following that, the Linn family of Midlothian, Virginia, attempted to get access to […]
What’s that old line about “who’s watching the watchers?”? America Online (AOL) actually pays people to watch over their chat rooms, to make sure that nothing untoward happens to any of the underaged who like to hang out in the chat rooms and..you know..chat. This is all part of AOL’s efforts to offer a safe […]
Britney Spears is pregnant. Hurrah. Huzzah. And isn’t it a wonderful thing? With the advent of the World Wide Web, Britney Spears can, in one push of a button, announce that she is pregnant to millions of fans, cranks, obsessed, and even disinterested people. Britney can truly announce “to the world” that she is pregnant. […]
Busting someone for smoking behind the school is usually a sweet moment for the principal. Unless, of course, the person being busted is the principal, and it’s a student who busted her!
Identity theft insurance? It’s obviously an idea whose time has come. In fact some would say that identity theft insurance is an idea whose time is long overdue. Just ask anyone whose personal data has recently been compromised by either the hacking of ChoicePoint’s data or the Scamming of Lexis Nexis’ data. No doubt the […]
Aunty has been talking about RFIDs to track people since last year, and the natural extension, implanting RFIDs or other miniature technology (or ICT, as it’s often known in Europe) in people, is not a new concept. After all, we’ve been injecting microchips into pets and livestock for years. And that seems to be just […]
Ever wonder how someone on the Internet is able to tell where you are located when you visit their site? (You did know that people can tell where you are located, right?) It’s done by geolocation – geographic location – of your IP address.
AOL has acknowledged that their updated Terms of Service for their AIM service is confusing and in places poorly worded. As Aunty reported earlier this week, the AIM TOS included such choice phrases as “You waive any right to privacy.” “That’s a phrase that should not have been in that section in the first place. […]
Holy complete waiver of privacy, Batman! AOL’s new terms of service for their AIM service includes that AIM users waive any right to privacy, and that the AIM user allows AOL to the right to reproduce and republish your chats anywhere, any time. Now, this only applies to users who downloaded an AIM product from […]