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Category Archives: Privacy

2013 is The Year of the Proxy

If we learned anything from 2012, it’s that Google is in control, and apparently the FTC agrees. Google can do what it wants, and has the cash to fund the lobbyists to get formal “approvals” that hedge liability. But Google isn’t the biggest threat. Google is a fairly low risk threat compared to many of […]

Google Owns Your Internets

For years I’ve pointed out that Google consistently acts to disintermediate web publishers. For years I’ve noted how Google, while saying that we are all friends, reliably “improves” Google’s services in ways which force webmasters to eliminate their own interest in the dissemination of what they publish. The “nickels from Google” may add up to […]

Palm on Pal Pre Privacy: We’re Just as Slimy as the Rest of our Industry

It seems Palm has decided that they are OK with being slimy about undisclosed privacy and user tracking. Give a chance to comment on the recent expose about detailed user tracking buried inside the Palm Pre, they tell us (paraphrasing) “everybody does it” and “we’re happy our users trust us”. MobileCrunch re-highlighted this news from […]

We’re All SEO Tools

SEO is Dead: Long Live Competitive Webmastering My friends at OutspokenMedia just published an outline of their SEO audit process. It looks exactly like what should be in a webmastering 101 course. From my perspective, it has nothing to do with search engine optimization, except that search engines control the flow of almost all of […]

Ruining the Web: Google is Responsible and Capable

In search world we’ve long noted the power Google holds for shaping the web. We’ve long lamented the way Google has failed to put that power to good use, compared to the way it has put that power to work. Google is responsible for much of the character of today’s web (something Google’s own CEO […]

Japanese Protest Google Privacy Invasions

Japanese quality of life and humanitarian advocates are referring to Google as that big, bad IT behemoth formerly known as Cyberdyne Systems (Terminator movies). “It is necessary to warn society that an IT giant is openly violating privacy rights, which are important rights that the citizens have, through this service.” They are calling for a […]

It seems EVERYONE is stuffing your local Flash storage…

Once in a while I like to remind everyone of some of the trust points that exist out there in Internet land, and this time I will underline the importance of paying attention because dang, it seems just about everyone is stuffing crap into your local Flash storage these days. Everyone knows about cookies, those […]

Another Security Breech – CLEAR

Another example of the fast and loose behavior of today’s wanna be businesses comes with the CLEAR program’s misplaced laptop computer. CLEAR is a security program sanctioned by the Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). You may have seen the CLEAR people at airports, pitching their program as a fast-track through […]

Home Page Privacy Link Lowers Conversions

How do you explain that Google doesn’t want to post a home page privacy link, and is willing to violate California law by refusing to include the privacy policy link on the Google homepage? It must hurt conversions. Google is a serious web company and Google tests things before deploying them. The privacypolicy is an […]

Implantable RFID Chips, Privacy, and Effort

Who has the time or who can afford the effort required to manage the privacy issues under attack today? A company in Ohio (Agent Technologies, see domain note below) is implanting RFID chips into the arms of employees, to see if the technology provides a good security solution for controlled-access areas. Ohio has introduced a […]

Blog Courage: Will They Celebrate it Later?

Blog Courage: What it takes to publish a public opinion, despite. This post over at Coding Horror highlights the silencing of Kathy Sierra, the Creating Passionate Users author, as one example of how blog success leads to blog shutdown. Kathy was a big success, and death threats and negative attention somehow caused her to stop […]

Wikileaks IP Address 178.33.255.46 (UPDATED below)

ORIGINAL: Just in case anyone was looking for Wikileaks.com, since their domain name was confiscated. Updated: 07/2011 now 178.33.255.46 enjoy! Updated 12/2010: was 88.80.13.160 now 88.80.2.32 now 213.251.145.96 see wikileaks.ch Updated 07/2013: was 178.33.255.46 now… broken. Wikileaks moved from wikileaks.com to wikileaks.org and then moved to utilize the Cloudflare proxy system, in order to maintain […]

Google’s Microsoft Health Vault

When Microsoft announced Microsoft Health Vault, for storing and retrieiving sensitive personal health records over the public Internet, I commented with “Microsoft is first out of the gate announcing Health Vault, an online personal health information database of Google proportions.” Now that Google has regained its composure in the health database area, it is testing […]

Google Health Platform

Following Microsoft’s Health Vault, Google has announced that the Google Health Initiative at the Web Summit. As allof us involved with search already know, Google reminds us: Google is already the starting point for a large majority of the health-related searches on the Web Now we also hear that Googleis moving into local health commerce […]

HealthVault (Microsoft Health Vault)

Microsoft is first out of the gate announcing Health Vault, an online personal health information database of Google proportions. We can expect everyone to go after that gold mine, because such a database represents the single most profitable social media endeavor imaginable. Google will eventually build a health database. Yahoo! will probably try and add […]

Don’t Let Web 2.0 Fuzzy Focus Blur Your Competitive Business Vision

My first job was as an engineering tech for a small electronic instrument manufacturer. The company actually made things here in the US of A, by hand. They bought boxes of screws, drilled holes in sheets of beautifully-painted metal, and manufactured scientific instruments from the ground up. I put them together. Later, I was hired […]