Archive for the 'Privacy' Category

Obama administration Wants Computer Privacy Ruling Overturned

Last August the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in a 9-2 decision, came up with some Miranda style guidelines for prosecutors and judges covering how to protect Fourth Amendment privacy rights when searching computer records.  This was hailed by many as a significant step forward in protecting digital privacy. Now, the Obama administration wants […]

Kaspersky CEO Wants To End Online Anonymity

I just saw this little gem on Slashdot this morning: Eugene Kaspersky, CEO of well-known computer security company Kaspersky Labs, is calling for an end to the anonymity of the Internet, and for the creation of mandatory ‘Internet passports’ for anyone who wishes to browse the Web The very first thought I had after reading […]

You Got A License For That Web Browser?

According to a story on ITnews there’s some people arguing that it’s time to require a kind of “internet drivers license” before allowing people to go online for the first time. Australia’s leading criminologist thinks online scams have escalated to such a point that first-time users of computers should have to earn a licence to […]

Google Ordered To Reveal Blogger Identity

In another assault on people’s right to anonymity, a judge has ordered Google to reveal the identity of an anonymous blogger who apparently had some “less than complimentary” things to say about the Vogue cover model Liskula Cohen. I think that there’s a couple of lessons here.  First, even when writing in a so-called “anonymous” […]

Deleting Cookies? Don’t Forget The SuperCookies!

By now I think that probably most people online these days knows about cookies.  That they’re little text files that allows a website to store up to 4k of information on your computer.  They allow websites to recognize you when you come back, remember your login information and preferences settings and so on. Cookies are […]