Online privacy

The Facebook-addicted judge and the little blue bird

Twitter is fighting a major privacy case that will help determine who has rights in social media. Unfortunately, the case is before a judge who has been disciplined for misusing Facebook. His track record suggests that he is the very last person who should be deciding these issues.

Social media judge says tweets are for cops

In a closely-watched case tied to last year’s Occupy Wall Street protests, a New York judge ruled that tweets are no different from words shouted in the street and ordered Twitter to turn over a user’s account to prosecutors.

Nextdoor taking slow road to social networking

It might take a trip to the local post office to get started with the social network Nextdoor, but the startup is seeing success by taking an old-school, privacy-based approach to creating online communities for neighborhoods.

Glassmap’s founders get clear about online privacy

Software services and applications are becoming increasingly intertwined with users’ lives, and this connection is leading to greater privacy concerns. Geoffrey Woo and Jon Zhang of Glassmap say there are four things that really matter: real-time adaptiveness, transparency, the right amount of privacy, and user-service symmetry.

Deep Packet Inspection Circles Back for a Second Look

Deep packet inspection, a creepy targeting technology, is looking to make a comeback, this time armed with opt-in consent and incentives for users. The technology fell out of favor a couple years ago after ISPs tried to use the it to target subscribers with ads.

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Privacy: How to Avoid the Third Rail of Online Services

The issue of online privacy has become such a highly charged topic that whenever Facebook or Google overstep the line between data collection and personal privacy, all hell breaks loose. And as that line continues to blur, social networks and online services would do well to heed the mistakes of their larger counterparts and keep a few key points in mind.