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Improving your Web Pal

Google recently made some changes in Chrome that required changes in the Customer Commons Web Pal. Our good friends at Emmett Global have completed most of those changes, which you’ll see in by going into Window -> Extensions, and clicking on the “Enable” box next to “Customer Commons Web Pal.”

The layout on your Web Pal start page (where you are when you open a new page or tab) is still going through some changes. So bear with us as we work those out. We’ll also put up an FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions list) explaining some of the changes and new capabilities.

Meanwhile, stay tuned for some exciting news about what we’ll be doing at Customer Commons over the coming months.

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Tor anonymity service users may have been unmasked

BREAKING NEWS! 
TOR USERS HAVE BEEN EXPOSED!
“Users who operated or accessed hidden services from early February through July 4 should assume they were affected”

The Tor Project has warned that attacks on the service are likely to continue

The group behind Internet-anonymity software Tor has said many of its users may have been identified by government-funded researchers.

In a note on the non-profit’s website, Tor Project leader Roger Dingledine said the service had identified computers on its network that had been quietly altering Tor traffic for five months in an attempt to unmask users connecting to what are known as “hidden services,”
Read more: http://eandt.theiet.org/news/2014/jul/tor-attack.cfm
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Privacy groups call for action to stop Facebook’s off site user tracking plans

Facebook called upon to stop tracking people across all websites
even when they’re not on Facebook!

U.S. and EU privacy and consumer groups called on privacy regulators to stop Facebook’s plans to gather the Internet browsing patterns of its users while they visit other sites.

The groups, gathered in the Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD) asked the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Irish Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) to stop Facebook collecting the web browsing activities of Internet users in order to target advertising. They made the request in a letter sent to the authorities on Tuesday. Facebook’s European headquarters is in Ireland, giving the Irish data protection commissioner responsibility for defending its European users’ personal data and privacy rights under EU law.
Read more: http://www.pcworld.com/article/2459120/privacy-groups-call-for-action-to-stop-facebooks-off-site-user-tracking-plans.html

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Start Up Nation meets the Cluetrain Manifesto

Photo: Was honored to meet a true internet pioneer (author of the Cluetrain Manifesto), Doc Searls. Here we are exchanging books at the launch of the Respect Network in Tel Aviv, where we both spoke. You might want to sign up for your own personal cloud name at RespectNetwork.com, I did. -- Saul
Saul Singer and Doc Searls were two of the keynote speakers at the
Emmett/Respect Network launch event in Tel Aviv last week.
Was honored to meet a true internet pioneer (author of the Cluetrain Manifesto), Doc Searls. Here we are exchanging books at the launch of the Respect Network in Tel Aviv, where we both spoke. You might want to sign up for your own personal cloud name at RespectNetwork.com, I did. — Saul

Lookout Facebook, Israel Moving To New Respect Network

Emmett Global and Respect Network launch in Tel Aviv despite the rockets!
Respect Network CTO and co-founder Drummond ReedTel Aviv has now joined the new Respect Network. It is the fourth city in the world to do so.The launch of Israel’s participation in the service is to be celebrated at a gathering tonight in Tel Aviv’s Jaffa Port. That is if there are no rocket attacks to disrupt it.
Are you tired of all those social networking and free e mail services taking advantage of your personal information? Do you constantly get unwanted solicitations and wonder how these companies know how to target you?
Well, Respect Network has an answer. It’s the world’s first global private network of personal and business clouds. Headquartered in San Francisco, it was founded in 2011 and now has a coalition of more than 70 Founding Partners. Its purpose is to empower members anywhere in the world to safely share sensitive private data over trusted private connections.
Read more: http://jewishbusinessnews.com/2014/07/14/lookout-facebook-israel-moving-to-new-respect-network/
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Respect Network promises web privacy as priority

Thanks to all who came to our Tel Aviv launch last night at 
The Container in Jaffa Port!

New initiative aims to ‘take back the Internet’ from clutches of companies that freely use private users’ data
A new global initiative that aims to restore privacy for Internet users is making its Israeli debut. The new Respect Network, organizers promise, will enable users to prevent the distribution of their personal information to all manner of Internet marketers — and to be compensated for use of that data if they choose to share it.
Tel Aviv becomes the fourth city in the world where the Respect Network is offering its service.
Most users of Internet servers know that the “free” services they are offered — email, social networks, etc. – are anything but free.
Read more: http://www.timesofisrael.com/respect-network-promises-web-privacy-as-priority/
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How to make sure you aren’t giving away personal data when selling a smartphone

Make sure you encrypt your device before selling it!
Read how to do it here.
How to make sure you aren’t giving away personal data when selling a smartphone

As a test, Avast purchased 20 used and supposedly wiped Android phones and discovered that it was able to recover vast amounts of personal user data. My colleague Brian Fagioli wrote about this earlier in the week.
Google responded to the news, stating: “This research looks to be based on old devices and versions (pre-Android 3.0) and does not reflect the security protections in Android versions that are used by the vast majority of users”. It went on to offer users advice on how to make sure that you aren’t also gifting your personal data to buyers when selling an old mobile phone.
Google says would-be sellers should “enable encryption on your device and apply a factory reset beforehand; this has been available on Android for over three years”.
Simply performing a factory reset on its own won’t prevent your data from being recovered.
 Read more: http://www.itproportal.com/2014/07/13/how-to-make-sure-you-arent-giving-away-personal-data-when-selling-a-smartphone/
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The Fifth Surveillance: Corporate Spying On Non-Profits

“Spooky Business” report uncovers corporate spying and espionage against Non Profit organizations that threaten corporate profits!
In the age of innocence that was brought to an end by Edward Snowden’s revelations, we broadly knew of three kinds of surveillance: the classic kind, by countries against other countries; the industrial kind, by companies against companies; and — the most recent addition — the Google/Facebook kind, carried out by companies against their customers.
Read more: https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140711/08223227850/fifth-surveillance-corporate-spying-non-profits.shtml
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Here’s What Facebook Can Do With Your Personal Data in the Name of Science

How does Facebook monitor the ethics of its own research?

It turns out that Facebook pretty much regulates itself.
There probably have been times when you wondered what technology companies can do with your data. It might have been all the moments you realized how surprisingly well-targeted Facebook’s ads are. Or maybe it was the time that advertisement ran on your Gmail page, asking whether you and your boyfriend just broke up. (Extra points for Gmail if you really did.)
Read more: http://time.com/2949565/heres-what-facebook-can-do-with-your-personal-data-in-the-name-of-science/
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The Privacy Prospect

When companies take Privacy seriously there is real potential for both the brand and its customers to benefit!

As shown by this week’s debate around Google and the “right to be forgotten”, data is becoming one of the most valuable commodities and a question of critical importance to both brands and consumers today. Over the last few years, the public conscience has become increasingly aware (and wary) of how our personal information is being used. Almost overnight, it seems we have become a ‘product’ in our own right, and understandably this seismic shift has left consumers unsure as to whether or not companies should be allowed access to our data (ie data about us).
Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/mark-whitby/privacy-prospect_b_5557585.html
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