Protecting our rights to privacy and digital dignity

Users of social media are generally unaware of how much of their fragmented personal data is collated from across social media sites—and even taken from the content of their free, web-hosted emails (e.g. Gmail)—and how this can be used to build detailed personal profiles.
Protecting our rights to privacy and digital dignity
How many of us read the terms and conditions when signing up to a social media account or downloading a new app? And does agreeing to these rules offer us any real protection from big business looking to mine our data for profit?
Researchers are now aiming to address the ethical challenges around social media by designing new tools and services to help citizens protect their privacy and take more control over their own data.
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Yahoo sees ‘end to end’ email encryption by year-end

The new security feature aims to allow “non-technical” people to use encryption with the click of a button after an initial setup of a few minutes.
Yahoo said Sunday it plans to introduce "end to end encryption" for email this year to boost privacy protection for us
Yahoo said Sunday it plans to introduce “end to end encryption” for email this year to boost privacy protection for users concerned about snooping from governments or hackers.
The Internet giant demonstrated new security and safety features for its email service at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, ramping up efforts to boost privacy since the 2013 revelations about government surveillance.
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New Google security chief looks for balance with privacy

“Privacy, to me, is protecting and securing my activities; that they are personal to myself and not visible to the whole wide world,” Eschelbeck said.
Google has a new sheriff keeping watch over the wilds of the Internet.
Austrian-born Gerhard Eschelbeck has ranged the British city of Oxford; cavorted at notorious Def Con hacker conclaves, wrangled a herd of startups, and camped out in Silicon Valley.
He now holds the reins of security and privacy for all-things Google.
In an exclusive interview with AFP, Eschelbeck spoke of using Google’s massive scope to protect users from cyber villains such as spammers and state-sponsored spies.
“The size of our computing infrastructure allows us to process, analyze, and research the changing threat landscape and look ahead to predict what is coming,” Eschelbeck said during his first one-on-one press interview in his new post.
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Twitter takes non-US data to Ireland in cloud privacy move

Twitter will hand over personal information when it is legally required to do so, and reminded users that “You are what you tweet!”
Twitter has altered its privacy policies for non-US users and announced plans to move their data onto servers in Ireland.
The company did not mention any political intention behind the move, but it may be a reaction to the PRISM revelations which showed that the internet is full of intelligence agency backdoors.
Twitter has informed affected users in a privacy policy update, explaining that their data will be moving closer to where they live, and that they should not experience any change to the service.
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Who is Responsible for Protecting Your Personal Data Online?

The most important piece of advice is to be vigilant and to not share unnecessary
information on social networking sites and other public places!
An overwhelming majority of British adults are now concerned about the online security of their private information, the threats posed by hackers and the possibility of unauthorised access to their data. This was the key finding of recent YouGov research in the wake of the Edward Snowden leaks.
Snowden’s mass surveillance revelations elevated data privacy concerns, prompting debate over ethics and the power that Governments can gain from gathering data on private citizens. These massive data collection efforts had and still have the potential to erode online privacy as they contradict the core principles of the internet, namely privacy and internet freedom.
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Lost in the clouds: 7 examples of compromised personal information

Most people don’t realize their data is available to the public, potentially offering themselves up as victims of identity theft or similar fraud!
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Google has indexed thousands of backup drives.
Each day millions of people across the globe create backups of their files. These backups are supposed to offer a measure of assurance that their files are safe, but that’s not entirely true.
In fact, depending on how you’ve configured the device, your backups are freely available online to anyone who knows what they’re looking for.
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Weekend Open Forum: Have your online privacy habits changed post-Snowden?

Have your online habits changed post Snowden?
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It’s been nearly two years since the first government surveillance programs were leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. And while not much has changed since then, you’d think that with all the coverage every subsequent leak got on mainstream media, most people are reasonably well informed on the matter and taking precautions. But that’s not necessarily true.
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How can we return privacy control to social media users?

Terms of Service: Social Media and the Price of Constant Connection
Now the latest addition to the NewsHour bookshelf, “Terms of Service.” It’s a look at the erosion of privacy in the age of social media.
Jeffrey Brown recently talked to author Jacob Silverman at Busboys and Poets, a restaurant and bookstore chain in and around Washington.
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Your privacy for sale: From plastic surgery to eating disorders, medical secrets sold to the cold call sharks

Whistleblower says its ‘madness’ so much personal information is available!
Frightened: Diana Doyle was plagued with cold calls
A firm linked to the sale of NHS patient data is offering details of eating disorder sufferers for just 12p a head, the Mail can reveal today. It has also offered to supply names of those suffering from stress, hair loss, dandruff, impotence and snoring.
Even details of dieters and those who have had plastic surgery appear on the list of data for sale.
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Microsoft drops default ‘do not track’ browser privacy setting

Web companies were vocal in opposition to Microsoft’s automatic do not track feature after it was first enabled!
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Microsoft has changed course on a Web browsing feature that was the subject of a heated Internet privacy debate.
As Internet users became aware of the amount of data advertisers were able to collect based on their browsing, privacy advocates and regulators in recent years pushed for a “do not track” feature in Web browsers that would ask sites not to monitor their behavior for advertising purposes.
Microsoft took a firm stance on the issue, enabling do not track by default beginning with the 2012 release of Internet Explorer 10. Now, the company is reversing that decision for its new browsers…
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