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Poll: Canadian businesses unconcerned about privacy breach risk
New poll results suggest that Canadian businesses are collecting more personal information than ever but they aren’t worried about privacy breaches.
The survey also asked a number of questions about security breaches where the personal information of customers is compromised. Results reveal that the plurality of the companies surveyed are not concerned about this type of security breach (42 per cent), although a sizeable minority (35 per cent) does express concern about this issue.
MEDIA De NOVO – Target advertising coming soon to Canada and your netz.
Canadian Target advertising to begin. They speak of only the needs of the advertisers which will then be delivered via set-top-boxes.
[Found Via Cartt.ca twitter @ http://twitter.com/gregobr/status/14916537382]
Privacy fears mount as ad targeting grows (Minority Report 2010?)
Contrary to what many marketers claim, most adult Americans (66 percent) do not want marketers to tailor advertisements to their interests,” the study concluded.
“Moreover, when Americans are informed of three common ways that marketers gather data about people in order to tailor ads, even higher percentages… say they would not want such advertising.”
Privacy fears mount as ad targeting sophistication grows
Corporations Do Not Have Personal Privacy Rights in Government Records, Groups Tell U.S. Supreme Court
Corporations should not be able to claim a personal privacy right to try to shield government documents about them from public view, six public interest organizations told the U.S. Supreme Court late Monday.
Entry-level line workers at Foxconn’s factory in Longhua earn just over 900 yuan ($131.80) per month before overtime and bonuses, said Zhu Fuquan, a production supervisor for the company.
Foxconn was rumored to be paying around 100,000 yuan to compensate families of suicide victims, said factory worker Wang, a sum he said was tempting some victims given their low base wages.
On Wednesday, workers said they had been asked to sign a letter from Foxconn, including a clause saying the company would pay no more than the legal minimum for injuries sustained outside the workplace.
Confronted with the letter, Gou apologized and said he was taking it back, calling the language inappropriate.
Adventurer straps balloons to chair and crosses English Channel
Jonathan Trappe, 36, of Raleigh, North Carolina, was strapped in a specially equipped chair below a bright cluster of balloons when he lifted off early Friday from Kent, in southeast England.
About five hours later, he lowered himself into a French field by cutting some of the balloons away.
Palin makes good on fence threat
Alaska — Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has erected a 14-foot-high fence at her Wasilla home, making good on a promise to prevent her new neighbor — a writer working on a book about her — from peering in.
[Something to hide?]
Mom guilty in Facebook flap with son
A woman who locked her son out of his Facebook account and posted vulgarities and other items of her own there was convicted Thursday of misdemeanour harassment and ordered not to have contact with the teenager.
Hackers on Planet Earth releases an API for its RFID badge
Conference attendees will see first hand where human tracking by commercial and government interests may be headed when they are offered an active RFID conference badge.
Privacy class action in offing for Google
The Australian Privacy Foundation, a non-government advocacy group, says there are strong grounds for consumers to pursue their legal rights as Google, in its view, has breached the Telecommunications Act and the Privacy Act.
In what Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has dubbed possibly “the largest privacy breach in history across Western democracies”, Google has admitted “mistakenly” collecting personal data through wireless connections while collecting information for its Street View mapping service.
Congressional Leaders Write to Google’s Schmidt About “Spy-Fi”
The letter follows a complaint that EPIC has sent to the Jules Genachowski, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, suggesting that Google may have violated federal wiretap laws.
Austria bans Google’s street view cars over privacy
Austria has placed a temporary ban on Google Street View cars while it probes concerns that the Internet company used the vehicles to collect private data, a statement said Friday.
The country’s Data Protection Commission (DSK) said all collection of data or use of previously gathered information by Google Street View in Austria would be banned until the probe was concluded, according to the statement on its website.
“To clarify the matter, we are asking Google… to present a precise technical description of its data-collection activities by June 7, 2010, as well as to answer a detailed questionnaire,” it said.
Austria Vows Fix To Protect Data After Google “Accident”
Austria said Friday amendments should be made in the European Union data protection directive, particularly data gathering sanctions, following the so-called Google “accident.”
Austrian state secretary for media Josef Ostermayer said sanctions were necessary to ensure that companies “were not even tempted” to use such unauthorized data.
Ostermayer said, “If there is no EU legislation, we are planning a national law.”
Ireland debuts Fone-a-Freetard lottery
The experiment is the result of an out of court settlement between the major labels and ISP Eircom last year, in which the latter agreed to introduce a ‘graduated response’ scheme for infringers. Eircom will process around 50 infringement notifications a week, in a sort of national anti-lottery.
Mobile web users escape Ofcom file-sharing clampdown
Ofcom has announced its plans for illegal file-sharing in the UK today and has opened a loophole for those using a mobile network.
The reason for this seems to be the technology behind the mobile network, rather than those who use it.
In its online infringement document, Ofcom states: “Mobile network operators (”MNOs”) assign public IP addresses differently to most fixed ISPs.
Irish Labels’ Legal Action Against Telcos
The Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA) has taken legal action against mobile operators O2 and 3 Ireland.
IRMA’s plenary summons against both companies is part of an effort to get Irish fixed line and mobile providers to introduce a graduated response system to tackle illegal file-sharing.
IRMA has said it is in negotiations with two other ISPs – reportedly Vodafone and Eircom’s mobile subsidiary Meteor – to implement the same system.
Other ISPs have not agreed to implement the anti-piracy measures. UPC, the cable TV operator and broadband provider, has a High Court hearing with IRMA set for June 17.
UK: O2 limits B/W usage to less than 50-gigs
More than 40-gigs makes you a thief and you will be disconnected. Yet O2 states, “There is no limit on the monthly network usage”.
A savvy O2 users states:
“they finally cant say the detrimental affect is nothing to do with peak time usage ! they have now admitted that the detrimental affect IS PEAK TIME FAILURE OF SERVICE so the question left is how does downloading out of peak time affect the service and therefore breach there FUP ?”
[Any UK O2 users on p2pnet care to elaborate?]
ISPs told to keep filesharer naughty list
The details of internet users who are accused of unlawful filesharing three times will be recorded on a blacklist so record and film companies can target legal action, rules published today reveal.
Telcos Waking Up To the Value of Your Location
“Cell phone networks represent probably the most effective data collectors of all time: almost everyone’s movements and communications are logged in some way by these firms thanks to the ubiquity of cell phones. Now they’re beginning to wake up to the value of that data, as researchers mine call records to study travel and social patterns at previously unimaginable scales. Not surprisingly, some are thinking about how to monetize that data, too.”
China Rips Off The iPad With The iPed
According to this TBS news report, the iPed is on sale in Shenzhen, China. Shenzhen is the location of the largest Foxconn plant, where the iPhone and the iPad are manufactured. The iPed comes packaged in a box that looks like the iPod.
And is priced at the equivalent of ¥9,600 (US$105). The iPad is priced at ¥48,800 ($536) in The Land of the Rising Sun.
Exclusive: “I’ve never heard of Far Cry,” says P2P defendant
Last week, the law firm of Dunlap, Grubb, & Weaver dropped a letter in the mail. A few days ago it was opened by a woman whom we’ll call Sabine (she asked that her identity be kept private, and some details and dates of her case have been altered to maintain anonymity), and it informed her that she had been identified swapping the film Far Cry on peer-to-peer (P2P) networks during the night of March 22.
Sabine could pay the lawyers (they accept credit cards) $1,500 by early June to make the problem go away, said the letter. Waiting until the end of June increased the payoff amount to $2,500.
Sabine doesn’t yet know what she’ll do. “I’m trying to seek some legal advice,” she said, but she’s leaning toward calling the firm’s bluff. If they want to convert her “John Doe” lawsuit into a “named” lawsuit, let them.
“No one in my household has ever heard of Far Cry,” she said.
Video: The psychology of lining up for an iPad
Or the psychology of early apapters?
“There was a lot of hype built up,” he said. “Some people have to be first to own a technology – to be seen as the innovator, but also because of the sense they might miss out.”
One Laptop Per Child now tax-deductible in Australia
Australia’s Federal Government has given the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project a boost overnight, announcing that all donations of $2 or more to the organisation will be fully tax-deductible.
The government hopes that by extending tax-deductible status for donations to the project, funds will be raised to meet OLPC Australia’s target of providing up to 20,000 laptops to indigenous children in rural and remote communities by 2012.
At Congressional Hearing, BP Official Resists Defining ‘Legitimate’ Claims
A top BP PLC executive declined to be specific Thursday when pressed at a congressional hearing to say what kind of claims the company will pay from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
“We are going to pay all legitimate claims,” Willis said, repeating a company refrain that has drawn skepticism from lawmakers and from plaintiffs’ advocates, who have brought scores of class actions and other lawsuits against BP and other companies.
Border Searches of Laptops May Be Taken Off-Site for Cause, Court Rules
A federal court in Michigan ruled that if a laptop search could not be performed at the U.S. border, the government has the right to seize and transport the computer to a secondary inspection facility, as long as there is reasonable suspicion.
Media freedom caught in political crossfire
Thailand’s monarchy law being abused, say critics
Thailand’s media are reputed to be among the freest in Asia – with one big caveat: it is illegal to disparage the king. In the current political struggle between “yellow shirts” and “red shirts”, observers fear this provision is now being used to stifle legitimate debate.
Chiranuch, who is due to stand trial on 31 May, faces a maximum of 50 years in jail – five years for each of 10 postings. The 2007 law applies the same punishment for a person convicted of using the Internet to contravene national security laws – including lèse majesté – to the director of the website on which he or she did so.
“What the authorities seem to intend through this prosecution is to remove a thorn in their side,” says Peter Noorlander, legal director of the Media Legal Defence Initiative, which is supporting Chiranuch.
Chiranuch, who says prachatai.com has suffered countless anonymous attacks to stop its server working properly, argues that the only way to be sure not to run foul of the law – by approving each comment before posting – would kill off the debates that rage on her site and reduce the number of places online for political discussion.
That, some critics argue, is precisely the government’s aim.
Minister scraps police’s passport plan
[Councils in Denmark are issuing new passport without fingerprints, in opposition to new EU requirements via Privacy International]
US AND EU TURN THEIR BACKS ON RIGHT TO READ FOR BLIND AND PRINT DISABLED
There exists no rational economic reason why the wealthy countries are against establishing a few exceptions and limitations on copyright so that millions of blind persons could have access to much more reading material. In no way do they constitute a viable market for commercial products. Only a rabidly cold, fundamentalist, ideological perspective of the protection of intellectual property and the exaggerated lobbying power of publishers and other content-owners, such as the Motion Picture Association, can explain the US and EU rejection of World Blind Union´s proposal for a Treaty for the Visually Impaired.
New Married Dating Website Focuses on Having Fun and Not Getting Caught
Optimized Marketing Solutions today unveiled their newest online dating site, discreetadultery.com, an extended married dating (http://www.discreetadultery.com) service for lonely women and men. Married dating remains one of the most active niches in dating. Powered by an existing well-known affair website, Discreet Adultery is a personals club with over 5 million members in the US and Canada extended with a unique set of tools, guides and services to help members have an illicit affair without getting caught.
AT&T Info Dumped In Local’s Recycle Bin
[...] So let me get this straight: the person who left them there is environmentally conscious and a recycler but clueless about proper protection of personal information?
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