Tim Cook: Statement at International Data Privacy Day

Tim Cook, Apple CEO, made a very interesting statement at Brussels’ International Data Privacy Day. Technology does not need vast troves of personal data stitched together across dozens of websites and apps in order to succeed. Advertising existed and thrived for decades without it, and we’re here today because the path of least resistance isContinue reading “Tim Cook: Statement at International Data Privacy Day”

The problem with completely eliminating privacy

The New York Times has an interesting story about a company that uses facial recognition to completely eliminate privacy as we know it. If we only had one goal, to deter crime at all costs, one of the best strategies would be to put all of us into individual cages. The reason we don’t chooseContinue reading “The problem with completely eliminating privacy”

Japan’s online social scene isn’t so social

MSNBC has an interesting story on the differences in how social networks are used in Japan as compared to the US. Welcome to Japan’s online social scene, where you’re unlikely to meet anyone you don’t know already. The early promises of a new, open social frontier, akin to the identity-centric world of Facebook and MySpaceContinue reading “Japan’s online social scene isn’t so social”

What’s that under my skin – an RFID?

I have always been very excited about this but have been putting it off. However, the IEEE doesn’t want to let us on-the-edge engineers rest in peace – they went ahead and dedicated an entire issue of Spectrum magazine on embedding RFIDs inside human bodies. Reading about the experiences of the few people who haveContinue reading “What’s that under my skin – an RFID?”

Google’s Privacy Policy for Orkut

I wanted to find out what Google expresses to do with the extremely large amount of information it gathers from its social networking website Orkut. When going through the terms, I was felt happy for a second while I was mid-sentence, but it immediately turned to frown. I will explain why. This was the sentenceContinue reading “Google’s Privacy Policy for Orkut”