Posts Tagged: privacy

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    Where You Are Isn’t That Interesting But Where You Will Be Is

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    Every once in a while the thorny topic of location privacy rears its ugly head, often in tandem with a new location based service or the discovery of what an existing one is really doing. There’s often cries of “Big Brother” and “company X is tracking me” as well. But lost in the rhetoric and… Read more »

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    If You Live In The UK, You Need To Know About The Communications Data Bill

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    On Thursday June 14th. 2012, Theresa May, the UK Secretary Of State published the draft Communications Data Bill. If you’ve been reading or watching the UK media you might well be aware of this. The bill is hugely controversial, not least because it requires all UK internet service providers to track and store for 12… Read more »

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    Now The Metropolitan Police Want Your Phone’s Data

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    As a relatively prolific user of social networks and social media I generate a fair amount of data. Whilst I’m wary of what the social networks do with the data I generate, I appreciate that there’s no such thing as a free lunch and the data I generate contributes towards the revenue that keeps these… Read more »

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    Will The New Delicious Still Be … Delicious?

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    Delicious is dead! Long live Delicious. Like a lot of Delicious users, I recently received a mail urging me to authorise the transfer of my Delicious account and bookmarks to the new service once ownership transfers from Yahoo! to AVOS. The reception to the news of Delicious’s new owners has been … varied. Marshall Kirkpatrick… Read more »

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    Location’s “Ick Factor”; First iOS And Now Android

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    Two days ago I wrote about the “discovery” of a cache file on iOS devices that stores the position of cell towers and the associated media coverage surrounding this. Note that I use “discovery” in inverted commas here. As Sally Applin pointed out in a comment on my previous post, this “discovery” is not new… Read more »

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    Another Category Of Place You Really Don’t Want To Check In To

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    There are some places you really don’t want to check into using one of the many location based social networks. There’s a variety of suggestions of this nature on the web including funeral homes, an ex-partner’s house, jail or the same bar (every night). It now seems you can add military bases (when you’re in… Read more »

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    Does Location Need Some PR Love?

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    In an interview with GoMo News earlier this year, I talked about “the Bay Area bubble”, this is the mind-set found in Silicon Valley “where a lot of the products and services coming out seem to think your user will always have a smartphone, and will always have a GPS lock with an excellent data… Read more »

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    Facebook Places; Haven’t We Been Here Before?

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    A week and a half ago Facebook finally launched their Places feature to a predictable media furore over location privacy, regardless of whether it’s justified or not and, to location industry watchers at least, a strong sense of deja vu. Haven’t we been here before? Let’s look at the key issues that seem to be… Read more »

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    Latitude Inconsistitude

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    In the midst of yesterday’s I/O event, Google announced the launch of the long rumoured API for their Latitude location sharing platform; there’s ample coverage and commentary on ReadWriteWeb and on TechCrunch and that’s just fine because that’s not what I want to write about. When it was launched in early 2009, Latitude was the… Read more »

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    Facebook’s (Creepy) Bid For Your Homepage

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    Most browsers have a variation on the theme of a home page, which automagically loads your favourite web page when you start the browser or open a new browser window or tab. A lot of web sites try to capitalise on this, offering earnest entreaties to “make me your home page” … “no make me… Read more »