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EU Commissioner Vĕra Jourová says protection of personal data more than a “European” fundamental right

30/10/2015<p>Tags:<p>EU<p>EU Commissioner, Vĕra Jourová, yesterday told the 37th International Privacy Conference in Amsterdam that the ECJ’s decision in the …

How your phone tracks your every move - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

In the digital age, how much of your life is actually private? To find out, ABC reporter Will Ockenden got access to his metadata. This is what that …

Security

Medical Privacy Under Threat in the Age of Big Data

“I didn’t understand the issue of medical privacy. It sounded abstract,” says Deanna Fei, author of the new book <i>Girl in Glass</i>, which covers the …

Reorganizing the world for living alone

Have you ever considered that the mobile app driven, on-demand service economy is really a reflection of our increasingly isolated lives? I know it’s easy to dismiss many of the services as unnecessary luxuries dreamed up by tech-bro man-children, but in the broader scope of things are we seeing …

Root Cause Analysis

Companies Should Have to Agree to Your Personal Privacy Policy

Dear Corporation,<p>You have expressed an interest in collecting personal information about me. (This interest may have been expressed by implication, …

The search for solitude in an internet of things

The internet is already a threat to quiet contemplation – but could the internet of things herald a return to solitude?<p>Solitude has long been the condition for inspiration. John the Baptist fled to the desert; Descartes retreated to his fireside; Mahler took refuge in his lakeside cabin. Through …

A (Silicon) Valley Grows in Algeria - VICE

<i>Photo of FtoorCom, an Algerian entrepreneur conference, courtesy of Chouaib Attoui</i><p>A staggering 97 percent of Algeria's exports and 60 percent of the government's income come from oil and gas—numbers that are all fine and well, when the price of oil is high.<p>But oil prices tumbled to nearly half …

Algeria

Anonymity is the internet's next big battleground

Users are growing twitchy about how their data is being used, with major ramifications for advertisers, marketers and the entire internet industry<p>The use of personal data is a thorny subject for the public and for the many companies that use it. By allowing companies to take their data, internet …

#Unplug: Baratunde Thurston Left The Internet For 25 Days, And You Should, Too

I have left the Internet. I’m on vacation. That means no social media updates, responses, check-ins, likes, taps, pokes, noogies, tickles, or head locks. I’m going to practice looking people in the eye and not checking my email or . . .<p>My official biography, such as it is, reads as follows: …

Experimenting With Virtual Reality, Financial Services Enter The Matrix

“You take the blue pill –- the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill -– you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.”<p>Morpheus and <i>The Matrix</i> introduced virtual reality (VR) to a mass audience, and the technology — …

Oculus VR unveils the version of Oculus Rift you'll actually buy

Oculus VR finally debuted the long-awaited consumer version of Oculus Rift, the virtual reality headset, at a media event in San Francisco on Thursday.<p>"For the first time we’ll finally be on the inside of the game," Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe said onstage. "Gamers have been dreaming of this. We’ve …

Virtual Reality

Tech firms need to use data ethically around the internet of things

Free services usually mean we pay in data and privacy. Is there a better business model for connected homes?<p>As more connected products come to market, from smart thermostats on our walls to connected wearables on our wrists, how will we pay for it?<p>Will we sign contracts as we do with mobile phones, …

Why a made-up language from 1887 is making a digital comeback

If you could print out the whole Internet, how many pages would it be?

We all understand, courtesy our daily contributions to social media and our search struggles with Google, that the Internet is huge — and only growing more huge. More than 3 billion people are now online. By the end of 2016, Internet traffic could eclipse one zettabyte a year.<p>But who the heck knows …

Internet

Big data is coming for your purchase history - to charge you more money

Unprotected consumer data will allow price personalization by companies who know how much you need something and how much you can manage pay<p>Are you ready for a gas station to charge you more when you are running late or your tank is empty? Laws against price gouging typically apply in times of …

Where does Google Maps think you are?

Google’s mapping app throws up some unusual responses to vanity searches<p>Google is in hot water today over some search results on its Maps pages, after it was discovered that a search for “nigger king” brings up the White House as a result. The company apologised, but not before other awkward …

Apps' data collection from children comes under UK privacy review

Information Commissioner’s Office to examine 50 apps and websites to find out what information they collect and how they explain it<p>Children’s apps and websites are in the spotlight on privacy grounds again, after the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) announced a review of how these …

How we sold our souls – and more – to the internet giants

From TVs that listen in on us to a doll that records your child’s questions, data collection has become both dangerously intrusive and highly profitable. Is it time for governments to act to curb online surveillance?<p>Last year, when my refrigerator broke, the repair man replaced the computer that …

Surveillance

Do Not Track: revolutionary mashup documentary about Web privacy

I make documentaries about the Internet. My last one, Rip! A Remix Manifesto, was made during the copyright wars of the early 2000s. We followed Girl …

Net Neutrality

We're more than mere consumers, and business should remember that

Companies collect an ever-growing amount of information on customers, but forgetting the individuals behind big data is detrimental, not least to business<p>In early 2014, the national workplace supplier OfficeMax sent junk mail to Illinois resident Mike Seay. On the envelope, written beside Seay’s …

Psychologists raise concerns over Clyde Rathbone's new people-rating website, Karma

Psychologists and cyber bullying experts have panned a controversial new website, Karma, developed in part by former Wallaby and ACT Brumbies player …

Australian News

Social Media Needs More Limitations, Not Choices

Social media is always updating to give people more. More features like video and picture sharing. More freedom to use third-party apps. More …

Deep Links Yield Deep Data—But They Will Also Know A Lot About You

Deep linking is hot, and for good reason: it can make mobile search much more powerful by making it more predictive. In a world governed by small screen sizes and large intent, that’s a huge asset.<p>And it’s why deep linking startup URX recently introduced AppViews, a product with the not-so-modest …

Mobile Marketing

Facebook isn’t a charity. The poor will pay by surrendering their data

Silicon Valley holds out the promise of connectivity for all. But there’s a price to pay<p>Luxury is already here – it’s just not very evenly distributed. Such, at any rate, is the provocative argument put forward by Hal Varian, Google’s chief economist. Recently dubbed “the Varian rule”, it states …

Customer Data: Designing for Transparency and Trust

With the explosion of digital technologies, companies are sweeping up vast quantities of data about consumers’ activities, both online and off. Feeding this trend are new smart, connected products—from fitness trackers to home systems—that gather and transmit detailed information.<p>Though some …

Facebook sending 'nonposts' to its servers

Aral Balkan independently verified my claims that Facebook are keylogging your status updates as you type.To give you “suggestions”, Facebook sends …

Facebook

Podcast: Retaining Ownership of Your Personal Data

Recently I had the pleasure of catching up with the lovely Denise Holt from Collaborative IQ.<p>Denise is the CMO & Co-Founder, GratZeez, Inc. & CEO & …

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