Privacy Awareness Week

It's Privacy Awareness Week. The following Security Tips are worth a scan:

Stop data violence and give users control over their information

The big boys are starting to say that people should own their own data. This is great to see; we've been talking about an Identity Commons for some time now...

What would be your answer to the Answer Man?

Listening to the Cause last night, the last line from St. Stephen (written by Robert Hunter and Jerry Garcia) struck me: "What would be your answer to the Answer Man?"  Though I've heard this line sung so many times before, this time my brain mapped it differently than I have before, with Google (plus all other hunter/gatherers of personal information - I'm looking at you, Facebook and Amazon) playing the part of the Answer Man.

Distributed Social Networking requires Secure Online Identity

The recent Facebook vs. Your Privacy uproar has ignited a firestorm of activity, of which Diaspora* is the most recent viral player.  (In related news: EFF responded today with A Bill of Privacy Rights for Social Network Users but it continues under the assumption that your data is stored in each social network's data silo and is not generally available to you to manage and share exactly as you wish.)

Web Analytics and Privacy

Data mining systems like Google Analytics that collect and analyze vast amounts of user data raise privacy concerns that need to be carefully considered when building community and social networking sites. As societal interactions rely on trust or reputation, it's important that this trust can be accumulated and even measured in a safe and secure way.

Google's Friend Connect vs. Your Privacy

Google is announcing Friend Connect tonight, a service advertised to "help website owners grow traffic by enabling any site on the web to easily provide social features for its visitors." Friend Connect employs OpenID and OAuth which is a good start, but how it puts them together is lacking vision and, disturbingly, may raise significant privacy concerns.

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