Posts Tagged: privacy

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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”?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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