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On the NSA Matter

That pretty much sums up my thoughts on the subject. The actual spying is not particularly news to anyone, I should think. The real news here is the frightening prevalence of mockery aimed at those who still want to be able to take a shit in private.

It’s Time to Close the Curtains to Google’s Beady Eyes

I’ve been using DuckDuckGo exclusively for my Web searches for a few days. It’s fast, it returns highly relevant results, and the company cares about privacy. Something about Google seems to have hit a tipping point lately. Their newly unified privacy policy and the “search plus your world” business just provide further evidence that Google is a creep. We’ll leave the fact that their search results are often full of useless cruft out of this, for now.

Let me make something clear: I never used to worry much about online privacy. Google just wanted to show me ads that more closely aligned to my interests, right? There’s a nice (if snarky) distillation of that point of view over at Adweek:

Can somebody please tell America that advertisers don’t wake up in the morning and perv-search terms in order to start some office betting pool on who you’ll be dating next?

While I agree with Ms. Cullers’ assertion that advertisers aren’t as a general rule concerned about our private peccadillos (barring the odd exception, naturally), I still find it more than a little creepy to think that there’s a massive database of info about every tiny little thing I’ve been interested in since the turn of the millennium. Maybe Google (or the government) won’t use it against me, but it’s still there. We don’t use nuclear weapons very often, but they’re out there, and they suck.

If you’re still on the fence, DuckDuckGo’s privacy policy is a pretty convincing document.


UPDATE, June 29, 2013 12:50 PM: We certainly have a new perspective on privacy now, don’t we?

Maryland Stands Up to Employer Nosiness

Way to go, Maryland:

Maryland has become the first state to pass a law banning employers from asking for social media passwords. […] Illinois and California have both introduced similar pieces of legislation, and senators from New York and Connecticut have both asked the US Attorney General to prohibit this practice.

If this whole thing is new to you, see also: this and this

…Becomes a Flood

Now Schumer is also expressing concern about employers requesting Facebook passwords.

Did Wal-Mart Buy Private User Data For Marketing Purposes?

Well, this isn’t shady. No, not shady at all.

Hey Employer, Show Me Yours And I’ll Show You Mine

Senator Blumenthal is working on a bill that would prevent employers from asking potential employees for their Facebook passwords. It’s a great start, provided it passes (which is anything but a given for our corporate-owned Senate). Now let’s do something about pre-employment credit checks.