Privacy News & Analysis
| Thursday Nov 14, 2013
The days when a phone was simply used to place calls are long gone. (A study last year noted calling is one of the last things we do with smartphones, ranking far behind activities like web browsing and social networking.) But odds are most people don't think of their smartphones as tracking devices.
In this final installment of our three part series on the loss of privacy in a big data world, we'll explore the secret life of smartphones.
| Wednesday Nov 13, 2013
Yesterday we told you how retailers use "super spy cams" and other technologies to analyze store traffic, set staffing, reduce check-out line backups, monitor inventory and improve the overall customer experience. They use facial recognition software to identify VIP shoppers or nap shoplifters and identity thieves.
Companies like NEC Corp. use security camera footage to understand the behavior of crowds and to "detect abnormalities" to improve safety. But what's the reality? Security gained … or privacy lost?
| Tuesday Nov 12, 2013
Trash cans pick people's pockets. Customers get retail discounts based on their moods. Retailers offer personalized purchase suggestions, just by analyzing everything customers have bought or browsed.
It's a brave new world of customer experience. In the age of big data, predictive modeling, data mining, passive Wi-Fi tracking and personalized marketing are part of the new normal. The question is: Do these technologies represent state of the art marketing and analytics or cross the line from clever to creepy?
| Friday Oct 18, 2013
If you value your privacy on Facebook or Google, take heed of new updates that could affect how the social networks use your information.
| Thursday Oct 17, 2013
Does how and where you work affect privacy and communication? As anyone who's worked in a cubicle or a corner office can attest, it's an obvious question. And yet, the answer isn't as straight forward. Many tech firms will tell you how open workspaces have helped teams collaborate more efficiently, while most executives know they've made it when they achieve the corner suite. Recently a team of researchers set out to find out the distinct benefits associated with various office spaces and how they affect workspace satisfaction.
| Friday Oct 11, 2013
The US government is still shut down, but social media is wide open. This week, Facebook makes it easier to create and measure ads, while making it harder for users to stay hidden. Another week, another user interface update at Yahoo.
| Thursday Oct 3, 2013
Meet Blippex. While it's not yet used as a verb, it is being regarded as a contender in the search engine market. But not because it's the next Google.
| Friday Sep 6, 2013
| Thursday Aug 29, 2013
Facebook is asking for feedback on how member information should be used following a court settlement that is forcing the social network to change its Statement of Rights and Responsibilities and Data Use Policy.
| Tuesday Aug 27, 2013
It took a couple years, but those who filed a lawsuit against Facebook over information used in targeted advertising are seeing a small payday.
| Tuesday Aug 20, 2013
You may have already noticed that the mobility issue is over and done. In fact, mobile, social, wearable and the internet of things have converged. What remains is to understand what it all means -- what just happened to us?
| Thursday Aug 15, 2013
Google announced voice search is coming to Gmail, Calenders and Google+, and it will first debut to US English speakers before rolling out more widely.
| Wednesday Aug 14, 2013
If you always suspected that Google was reading your emails, in a legal motion filed in a California court, Google admits that it is indeed doing just that. And ... it says that users should not expect the content of their emails to be private.
| Thursday Aug 1, 2013
From the Web site of the Turn ad agency
In a move that should surprise no one, Foursquare will be working with one of Facebook's ad partners to direct location-based ads to its users beyond their check-ins.
| Monday Jul 15, 2013
People with smartphones balance the desire for privacy with the desire for access, often in return for giving up private data, such as location. While people often give this information freely, external sources can access this data through other means. According to a new report from Bitdefender, smartphone users should be aware of what information can be released to third-party companies.