Throw together some of the world's foremost thinkers of online privacy and representatives from Mozilla into a room, and given enough time something incredible will be created. Introducing a prototype alpha version of 'Privacy Icons', these visual representations of online privacy policies could revolutionise the existing policies for websites and services into a readable and understandable format for ordinary users. This combined effort will help transform text-based contract-like policies into a system where the ordinary user will know where their data goes. For example, knowing that a website or service will only use your data solely for the intended use for that site, versus a service which uses your data to sell on to spammers and junk mailers could be the difference between using it and not. Gallery To take a look at the proposed new Privacy Icons to revolutionise the understanding of online privacy policies, check out the gallery here. To find out more, I spoke to my old … [Read more...] about How Privacy Icons could save web users from themselves
Your privacy takes a beating every time you open your web browser. But how badly are you being pummeled? An independent group called PrivacyChoice has undertaken the formidable effort of assigning a numeric score, on a scale of 0-100, to help rate the policies and practices of website publishers and the trackers they use to monitor your activities as you move around the web. That rating, called PrivacyScore, was officially unveiled today. And while it’s fun to look at the individual scores for some of your favorite websites, it’s sobering to consider how poorly behaved most websites are when it comes to your privacy. I’ve had a few day’s to look at the PrivacyScore online tool and examine how various sites perform. Here, for example, is a representative slice of some top-tier news sites: Fox News … 84 New York Post … 83 CNET/Download.com … 82 Washington Post … 82 ZDNet … 73 MSN … 72 MSNBC … 72 New York Times … … [Read more...] about How much online privacy do you really have? Less than you think
If the public wants online privacy it had better fight now for laws to protect it because businesses won't and individuals don't have the clout, security expert Bruce Schneier told RSA Conference. Facebook's New Privacy Settings: 5 Things You Should KnowThe longer information-privacy policies go unset, the more likely it is that they never will be set, says Schneier, an author of books about security and CTO of security consultant BT Counterpane. As young people grow up with broad swaths of information about them in the public domain, they will lose any sense of privacy that older generations have. [ InfoWorld's Roger Grimes explains how to stop data leaks in an enlightening 30-minute Webcast, Data Loss Prevention, which covers the tools and techniques used by experienced security pros. ]And they will have no appreciation that lack of privacy shifts power over their lives from themselves to businesses or governments that do control their information. Laws protecting digital data that … [Read more...] about Schneier: Fight for online privacy or kiss it good-bye
Everybody wants a measure of privacy. As some experts on the topic have pointed out, even those who declare they have "nothing to hide" generally have curtains on the windows of their homes and don't invite everybody over to have a look at their credit card statements. [ 9 iPhone-iPad Apps That Invade Your Privacy, and 1 That Doesn't ] [ 4 Google Social Search Tips for Control and Privacy ] [ Top 12 Retailers for Security and Privacy Practices ]But in light of recent revelations from Edward Snowden, the former Booz Allen Hamilton employee who leaked top-secret documents about the extent of National Security Agency (NSA) data collection, and more recent news about government monitoring even snail mail, there are serious questions about whether privacy -- particularly online and telephone -- is possible at any level any more.[20 security and privacy apps for Androids and iPhones]The answer from a number of experts is a qualified yes -- as in possible, but not likely. As Kevin … [Read more...] about 8 Tips to Enhance Your Online Privacy
We write a lot about security at TechRepublic, and with good reason: Hacks, leaks, and breaches are a constant threat. As security firms patch holes new ones emerge, meaning it's only a matter of time before your information is leaked on the web through no fault of your own.When we wrote about privacy protection software in 2015 the internet was a vastly different place. Less than two years later we've seen a massive rise in cybercrime that is unlikely to slow down, making protecting yourself more important than ever.Staying safe on the internet means defending yourself against any and all scripts, plugins, applets, and pop ups that may appear. Here are five apps that can do just that.Everything you do online is tracked—that's just the way of the modern web. Sites use tracking to target ads, generate analytics, and track users in the name of a better UX, but they also result in a long, detailed paper trail of all your online activity. SEE: Why EU watchdogs say Windows 10 is … [Read more...] about 5 easily installed utilities for improving your online privacy
As a parent of a son who belongs to Generation Y, I wanted to understand the vast disconnect between Millennials (members of Generation Y born between 1982 and 2000) and their parents when it comes to online privacy habits. My interest deepened this past November when Facebook proposed major changes to their governing documents:[W]e found that the voting mechanism, which is triggered by a specific number of comments, actually resulted in a system that incentivized the quantity of comments over their quality. Therefore, we're proposing to end the voting component of the process in favor of a system that leads to more meaningful feedback and engagement.The decision was entirely up to Facebook members. According to CNET, the voter turnout was sparse — 700,000 out of one billion members, so Facebook rescinded the ability to vote. CNET also mentioned, of the 700,000 who did vote, 88 percent cast their vote against the new changes.Since November, I have been taking an informal poll of … [Read more...] about What’s with Generation Y and online privacy?