Posts Tagged With: privacy

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Posted in personal
January 16, 2013

On her own terms.

On Sunday I watched The Golden Globes, which culminated (for me) in Jodie Foster receiving the Cecil B. DeMille award. TheBoy and I watched it, and were touched by her candor and wit. So I was surprised to see so many negative responses to her speech, though not surprised that the people who didn’t like it didn’t seem to have listened to all of it. There were complaints that she mocked coming out, but then came out anyways by thanking her ex-partner, and co-parent of her two boys. But most of her speech was about living her life on her…

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December 18, 2012

Instagram: What you need to know.

Since was originally posted, there have been developments from the story. I’ve marked the updates down at the bottom. Not that long ago, Facebook acquired Instagram. They integrated it into Facebook, and the internet rejoiced. Well, today Instagram began informing users about their updated Terms of Service– mostly to bring them more into line with Facebook’s own ToS. I’ve blogged about Facebook’s ToS and Privacy settings before, and one of Facebook’s more controversial features was the roll out of their social ads- which take activities that you make (liking pages, comments, etc) to advertise a service. It didn’t take long…

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Posted in Geek, The Wired Mom
November 27, 2012

The Wired Mom: Facebook and Privacy

Yet again, on Facebook, there’s a slew of copy/paste statuses claiming to protect your privacy. It seems to happen about once a year, and out of the 300+ people I follow, I wind up seeing a fair amount of these. This time, this is the post that’s going around: In response to the new Facebook guidelines I hereby declare that my copyright is attached to all of my personal details, illustrations, comics, paintings, professional photos and videos, etc. (as a result of the Berner Convention). For commercial use of the above my written consent is needed at all times! (Anyone…

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Posted in personal, The Wired Mom
June 26, 2012

Really, Facebook?

As I’ve said here many times, one of the things that frustrates me to no end is Facebook’s policy of changing your settings without telling you. They’ve done it many times already (I tend to do a check of my settings around the first of the month, even though I don’t really post much of anything there anymore). And they’ve done it again. Facebook is putting your facebook email address on your profile/timeline. I know, Facebook has email? Sort of. Facebook has assigned everyone an email address based on their username, and if someone emails it, it will go into…

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Posted in personal, The Wired Mom
November 2, 2011

Skirting the law to get kids on Facebook.

A survey came out recently where parents admitted that they let their kids use Facebook before they were 13, the legal minimum for nearly every website on the internet. Is it a good thing to skirt the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)? I honestly don’t think so. I’ll be honest, I was a teenager as the internet first became available, and made a lot of mistakes in my early days. I learned about the skeezy older men who were on the lookout for teenagers, before there was “To Catch a Predator.” I learned about the importance of anonymity very…

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Posted in personal, The Wired Mom
October 10, 2011

I’m Not In Love with the New Facebook

This post has been a long time coming. Okay, a couple of weeks. Not that long ago, Facebook unleashed a giant update to their site a couple days before announcing their new profile- the Timeline. With most large sites, when they’re about to roll out a big update, they let you know. Remember “New Twitter”? Twitter had a link at the top of the page asking if you wanted to try it. They also talked about the changes on their blog. Whenever Gmail rolls out new features, it’s the same deal- links at the top of the page and in…

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Posted in personal
August 19, 2010

Does the internet really need me to check in?

Yesterday Facebook announced (and began rolling out) its new service Places. Which is essentially a check-in service ala FourSquare, only built into Facebook. Also, they oh so helpfully enabled it for you. (That was meant to be sarcastic – I’ll be posting later on about helpful ways to lock down your Facebook’s security). But for now, lifehacker has a great post about how to disable Facebook Places. (Just don’t forget to look at the Applications and Websites subsection) As some might have noticed, I’ve gone to great care to not broadcast where I live. I do not actually live in…

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Posted in entertainment, personal
July 7, 2010

Why I’m in favor of anonymity

[Picture placeholder here] I know, it seems ridiculous for me to say that I back internet anonymity when I blog under my maiden name and tweet with a derivation of it. Part of the reason that I use it for my blog is that it is my maiden name. I don’t have my address under this name, cell phones… or even anything that one could use to trace me prior to when I got married. I use it for writing and artwork because it’s who I started off writing as. Thankfully now, it’s given me the opportunity to be able…

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Posted in The Wired Mom
May 11, 2010

Spin it, Facebook Exec!

Just a couple days ago, I posted my thoughts on the latest Facebook changes. While I tackled the privacy issues first and foremost, there are other concerns. All my interest information is public- and there’s no way to opt out of that, other than to delete it entirely. Not only that, Facebook adjusted how my personal data is used with advertising as well as how it can interact with other sites. Rather than give the opportunity to set those controls manually, Facebook assume that I’d want to join their new program and let my friends share all my information with…

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Posted in The Wired Mom
May 9, 2010

Dear Dad, Sorry I introduced you to Facebook

Dear Dad, I’m sorry I introduced you to Facebook. No, I don’t mean it like that! While I’ve heard plenty of horror stories about family members who overshare, post embarrasing photos, you’ve been wonderful. Honestly, it isn’t you at all. It’s Facebook. When I recommended that you join Facebook, it was because it was the top ranked social network. True, they did have a history of changing interfaces, but those are easy to get used to. True, they did say that anything you uploaded on Facebook would be their property for all time- but a lot of people complained, and…