What Bill of Rights? CISPA explained. The American politicians’ thinking appears to be: stuff the Fourth Amendment.
YouTube history, 2013 I remain absolutely astonished by YouTube’s lack of privacy. I turned the history off on this site, and blocked the YouTube cookie. Yet it still claims I have watched certain videos. Some I do recognize but the top half-dozen, I have never seen. Not only should I not have a viewing history, the one that YouTube claims I have is total bollocks. But, it is Google, and privacy breaches, false accusations and inexplicable technical behaviour are par for the course at that company.
Google delays an all-clear for as long as it possibly can I am told by those in the know that Google takes about five hours to do a review. I have waited 16 now for today’s one. That’s on top of the six days our site has been blacklisted and libellous things written about us, just because Google cannot distinguish clean code from malicious code. (We know it can’t, since it makes malicious code anyway.)
The dangers of using a cellphone for uploading photos on Facebook I’ve written statuses to myself before, and some to long-time friends (people I have known for years, if not decades). Earlier today I uploaded something for myself—which Facebook made public.
I was able to repeat this just now. I uploaded a random image and conﬁrmed that the privacy settings were set to ‘close friends’. (Note that using this method to write statuses to a group works—just not photographs.) The image went up. Then, when rechecking on a desktop computer, I noticed that the image was open to pretty much everyone apart from two groups, and names from a now-deleted list.
I will report this as a bug to Facebook, but it goes to show just how lame their privacy settings are when you are not using a proper computer.
YouTube privacy The screen you get to when you click ‘Manage privacy’ for YouTube from Google Dashboard. Why am I not surprised?
Privacyfix is a simple little Chrome & Firefox Add-On that enables anyone (with one of those browsers) to monitor and adjust Facebook and Google privacy settings. The add-on gives you instant warning signs on the settings that you’ll want to take a look at and enables you go directly to the place where you can change those settings.
If you are in anyway worried about your online privacy (which you probably should be) this is well worth installing.
Browser privacy check Not a bad idea. When I think about it, it’s actually surprising it’s taken this long for something like this to come out.
Two simple questions about the Facebook privacy leak
I wrote the below in response to another article about the Facebook private message SNAFU, but the site then forced me to register. So I’m sharing it here instead.
A couple of things people are ignoring here. Given the level of Timeline paranoia when it ﬁrst came up, don’t you think out of 800 million users, someone would have noticed this when scanning back through the years? Why has it surfaced just now?
My theory is that some messages between 2007 and 2009 were miscategorized. I can conﬁrm that in my download of all Facebook data in 2011, these private posts were mixed in with the wall ones, giving Facebook’s claims some cred. However, they never showed up in my annual summaries on Timeline till now, since I had checked them all last year.
The other question one has to ask is: why and how did 500 million Facebook users suddenly wise up to private messaging at the dawn of 2010?