The Complete Guide to Internet Security and Privacy Issues!
The search kingpin later relented in the face of criticism on the ban, and eventually changed its data retention policy to saving search strings for 18 months before deleting them.. Google do not delete your logs, they are just obfuscating them : they remove the last byte of your IP address, that’s all. So your request are mixed with the request of (at most) 253 other neighbors. For companies (which have more than 253 computers) this is a problem. I don’t actually understand why they do that…
“Google does allow people to erase their web search history, but by default, the company does keep records on what you search and click on for 18 months.”
The web search history and the search logs are two different things. Even if you clear your history, they still have the logs with you IP address (which is a personal information in EU).
“Google should be given credit for producing a video series explaining online privacy on its various services”
I have seen the videos about web search privacy, and they are quite confusing about the difference between web search privacy and logs. Furthermore they say that logs keep no personal information (which is not trust since IP is one). They do not explain why they keep obfuscate logs after 18 months …
but on the other hand, this does mean that the privacy of the Internet trolls and other simliar vermin are protected. Here are few places you can check it out:
Nameless in Cyberspace: Anonymity on the Internet, by Jonathan D. Wallace. Given the importance of anonymity as a component of free speech, the cost of banning anonymous Internet speech would be enormous. It makes no sense to treat Internet speech differently from printed leaflets or books.
PrivacyGuide gives you useful tips for protecting your privacy and helps you take control of the way your information is used. It attempts to answer your questions, in consumer friendly, practical terms, about what you can do to assure that information that you choose to share with companies is used in ways you believe are appropriate.
Did you know that ID theft is the most common digital crime in the U.S. and that someone can be using your name and accounts to buy illegal stuff and using them for money laundry?
People who want to open email from patent attorney Andrew Currier have to know the drill. First, they must answer a predetermined question, such as “Where did we first meet?”
The Center for Democracy and Technology works to promote democratic values and constitutional liberties in the digital age. With expertise in law, technology, and policy, CDT seeks practical solutions to enhance free expression and privacy in global communications technologies. CDT is dedicated to building consensus among all parties interested in the future of the Internet and other new communications media.
Good security and an expectation of privacy on the Internet requires some effort on the part of the individual. You could always just not go on the internet, but if you do, this page is intended to provide readers with a brief introduction to Internet security and topics of concern. The URL to other sites give more details or sources of solutions.
10) Security Yahoo
Be cautious about giving out your credit card numbers, Social Security number, bank account numbers, driver license number, and passwords. Never include this information in an email, which is generally not secure.
Internet privacy consists of privacy over the media of the Internet: the ability to control what information one reveals about oneself over the Internet, and to control who can access that information. Many people use the term to mean universal Internet privacy: every user of the Internet possessing Internet privacy. Internet privacy forms a subset of computer privacy. Experts in the field of Internet privacy have a consensus that Internet privacy does not really exist. Privacy advocates believe that it should exist.
American Internet users overwhelmingly want the presumption of privacy when they go online. But a great many Internet users do not know the basics of how their online activities are observed and they do not use available tools to protect themselves. And despite their concerns, Americans continue to trust email, surf the Web for advice about intimate aspects of their lives, make friends online, and turn to Web sites for health information, for spending their money, and for material about their finances.
From time to time, I’ll give an overview of one broad MediaShift topic, annotated with online resources and plenty of tips. The idea is to help you understand the topic, learn the jargon, and take action. I’ve already covered blogging, citizen journalism, social networking and other topics. This week I’l look at online privacy.
The purpose of this site is to provide as much information as possible, in one place, about your privacy and security, or lack thereof, on the internet. It is a complex subject. To try to make it easier to find the areas that are of concern to different people, the site is divided into a number of subject areas. Just find what’s of interest to you, and click on the link.
OnGuardOnline.gov provides practical tips from the federal government and the technology industry to help you be on guard against Internet fraud, secure your computer, and protect your personal information.
The Open Government Guide is a complete compendium of information on every state’s open records and open meetings laws. Each state’s section is arranged according to a standard outline, making it easy to compare laws in various states
The FCC’s ban on sending unwanted e-mail messages to wireless devices applies to all “commercial messages.” The CAN-SPAM Act defines commercial messages as those for which the primary purpose is to advertise or promote a commercial product or service. The FCC’s ban does not cover “transactional or relationship” messages, or notices to facilitate a transaction you have already agreed to. These messages would include statements about an existing account or warranty information about a product you’ve purchased. The FCC’s ban also does not cover non-commercial messages, such as messages about candidates for public office.
one-stop national resource to learn about the crime of identity theft. It provides detailed information to help you deter, detect, and defend against identity theft.
Americans express great concerns about privacy on the Internet, and state legislatures have responded in several ways to this complex issue.
The Privacy Coalition is a nonpartisan coalition of consumer, civil liberties, educational, family, library, labor, and technology organizations that have agreed to the Privacy Pledge. Members of the coalition have been meeting since 1995, but formalized the organization in February 2001.
The Center for Digital Democracy (CDD) is dedicated to ensuring that the public interest is a fundamental part of the new digital communications landscape. From open broadband networks, to free or low-cost universal Internet access, to diverse ownership of new media outlets, to privacy and other consumer safeguards, CDD works to promote an electronic media system that fosters democratic expression and human rights.
A national, not-for-profit group based in Washington, D.C., CDD is on the cutting edge of new media developments, especially tracking the commercial media market. Through outreach to the press, policymakers, reports, blogs, investigative research and organizing, CDD plays a unique and pivotal role helping foster the development of sustainable online communities and services essential to civil society in the 21st Century.
CPSR is a global organization promoting the responsible use of computer technology. Founded in 1981, CPSR educates policymakers and the public on a wide range of issues. CPSR has incubated numerous projects such as Privaterra, the Public Sphere Project, EPIC (the Electronic Privacy Information Center), the 21st Century Project, the Civil Society Project, and the CFP (Computers, Freedom & Privacy) Conference. Originally founded by U.S. computer scientists, CPSR now has members in 26 countries on six continents.
The Privacy Rights Clearinghouse (PRC) is a nonprofit consumer organization with a two-part mission — consumer information and consumer advocacy. It was established in 1992 and is based in San Diego, California. It is primarily grant-supported and serves individuals nationwide.
The Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use provides research and outreach services to address issues of the safe and responsible use of the Internet. We provide guidance to parents, educators, librarians, policy-makers, and others regarding effective strategies to assist young people in gaining the knowledge, skills, motivation, and self-control to use the Internet and other information technologies in a safe and responsible manner.
The Policy Languages Interest Group (PLING) was created. Chaired by Marco Casassa-Mont (HP Labs) and Renato Iannella (NICTA), the group is chartered to discuss interoperability, requirements and related needs for integrating and computing the results when different policy languages used together, for example, OASIS XACML (eXtensible Access Control Markup Language), IETF Common Policy, and P3P (W3C Platform for Privacy Preferences). Participation is open to W3C Members and the public.
EPIC is a public interest research center in Washington, D.C. It was established in 1994 to focus public attention on emerging civil liberties issues and to protect privacy, the First Amendment, and constitutional values.
33) Privacy Activism
Electronic Frontiers Australia Inc. (EFA) is a non-profit national organisation representing Internet users concerned with on-line freedoms and rights. EFA was established in January 1994 and incorporated under the Associations Incorporation Act (S.A.) in May 1994.
EFA is independent of government and commerce and is funded by membership subscriptions and donations from individuals and organisations with an altruistic interest in promoting online civil liberties.
Our major objectives are to protect and promote the civil liberties of users and operators of computer based communications systems such as the Internet, to advocate the amendment of laws and regulations in Australia and elsewhere (both current and proposed) which restrict free speech and to educate the community at large about the social, political, and civil liberties issues involved in the use of computer based communications systems.
35) World Privacy Forum
The World Privacy Forum is a nonprofit, non-partisan 501 (C) (3) public interest research group. The organization is focused on conducting in-depth research, analysis, and consumer education in the area of privacy. It is the only privacy-focused public interest research group conducting independent, longitudinal work. The World Privacy Forum has had notable successes with its research, which has been groundbreaking and consistently ahead of trends. World Privacy Forum reports have documented important new areas, including medical identity theft. Areas of focus for the World Privacy Forum include health care, technology, and the financial sector. The Forum was founded in 2003 and works both nationally and internationally.
CAUCE North America was formed in March 2007 from a merger between the very first CAUCE, CAUCE US, and CAUCE Canada, combining the strengths of the two sibling CAUCE organizations. CAUCE NA, as an all-volunteer consumer advocacy organization, has moved beyond its original mission of encouraging the creation and adoption of anti-spam laws to a broader stance of defending the interests of the average Internet user. CAUCE NA is led by a combined Board with a cumulative century of experience in the field of Internet advocacy.
The CMU Usable Privacy and Security Laboratory (CUPS) brings together researchers working on a diverse set of projects related to understanding and improving the usability of privacy and security software and systems. Our research employs a combination of three high-level strategies to make secure systems more usable: building systems that “just work” without involving humans in security-critical functions; making secure systems intuitive and easy to use; and teaching humans how to perform security-critical tasks.
Links to resources on the economics of privacy, financial privacy, and the economics of anonymity: papers, people, related conferences, and other links.
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Site maintained by Professor Michael Geist of the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law. The site features summaries of all of the Canadian Privacy Commissioner’s decisions under the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) . While those decisions are available in full-text on the Commissioner’s site, this site provides additional search functionality, including full-text searches as well as searching by individual provisions, sector, and outcome.
The Samuelson-Glushko Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC) is based at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, Common Law Section. CIPPIC seeks to ensure balance in policy and law-making processes on issues that arise as a result of new technologies. Law students work with clinic counsel on projects and cases involving the intersection of law, technology and the public interest.
David is also the Chairman and Founder of the Anti-Phishing Working Group , the leading non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating identity theft and fraud on the Internet. The APWG has over 1,500 member companies and agencies worldwide. Membership is limited to banks and other financial institutions, ISPs, law enforcement agencies and security technology vendors.
45) Privacy Journal
numbrX keeps an online record of reported personal, private and confidential data breaches which can lead to identity theft and credit fraud.
Developments in privacy law and writings of a Canadian privacy lawyer, containing information related to the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (aka PIPEDA) and other Canadian and international laws.
48) Privacy Times
Privacy Times is the leading Subscription-only newsletter Covering privacy & Freedom of Information Law And policy. It is read largely by attorneys and professionals who must stay abreast of the legislation, litigation, and executive branch activities, as well as consumer news, technology trends and business developments. Since 1981, Privacy Times has provided its readers With accurate reporting, objective analysis and thoughtful insight into the events that shape the ongoing debate over privacy and Freedom of Information.
49) Bruce Schneier