Tag Archives: privacy

Why? Why!? WHY!?

Beacon illegal?

Turns out some aspects of Beacon were/are probably illegal. Check out this analysis. Another member of a professorial mailing list I’m on asked whether Facebook may have violated the Video Privacy Protection Act of 1988. Nicknamed the “Bork Bill” (a newspaper published his video rental records during his confirmation hearings), the VPPA protects your privacy […]

A nation of SINners

This article got me thinking about what Social Insurance Numbers in Canada are used for. The Privacy Commissioner of Canada has a good little fact sheet on SIN use, and who can ask you for it. Your SIN is a confidential number that is restricted to income reporting purposes. There are a select and limited […]

One less Facebook user

After giving it considerable thought over the last few weeks, and with the advent and somewhat-demise of Beacon, I’ve decided that I’m going to go through the pain-in-the-ass process of deleting my Facebook account tonight. Some of the reasons include what Amy Tiemann said in this CNET piece: You remember the old story about the […]

Zuckerberg's ego

There’s been a huge buzz lately about Facebook’s attempt to roll out Beacon, an application that would effectively track anything you purchase online, and then post the purchase to your Facebook newsfeed. What I find most astonishing is that Facebook’s creator, Mark Zuckerberg, seems surprised at the backlash against Beacon. First Coca-Cola jumped ship (though […]