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Web Firms Tell Congress They Track Behavior Without Consent

washingtonpost.com: – “Several Internet and broadband companies have acknowledged using targeted-advertising technology without explicitly informing customers, according to letters released yesterday by the House Energy and Commerce Committee.”

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Web Privacy on the Radar in Congress -

NYT – “I’m pretty aware of the fact that anything you do on the Internet pretty much should just be considered public,” Mr. Martinez said. While he knows that companies are collecting his data and often tracking his online habits so they can show him more relevant ads, he said, he would like to see more transparency “about what the company intends to do with your data and your information.”

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Reporting live from a cellphone near you…

Los Angeles Times – “The startup allows video from cellphones to be streamed live on the Web. In the future, will any bad behavior may go unnoticed?”

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5,000 MTV Networks’ employees potential affected by breach

CNET – “Someone apparently hacked into a computer belong to an employee of MTV Networks and possibly gained access to names, birth dates, social security numbers and compensation data of 5,000 employees.”

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Bankrupt lenders throwing away your privacy

MSNBC – “Some mortgage companies tossing customers’ personal data in the trash”

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Internet forum headed for Boston

AP – “Internet users should be free to surf where they want and download what they please. But shouldn’t the owners of the networks that make the Internet possible also have rights?”

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Court Rejects ACLU Challenge to Wiretaps

AP – “The Supreme Court dealt a setback Tuesday to civil rights and privacy advocates who oppose the Bush administration’s warrantless wiretapping program. The justices, without comment, turned down an appeal from the American Civil Liberties Union to let it pursue a lawsuit against the program that began shortly after the Sept. 11 terror attacks.”

Oy! (via)

At least we still have the Appeals Courts, FWIW.

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The Anonymity Experiment

Catharine Price – “In 2006, David Holtzman decided to do an experiment. Holtzman, a security consultant and former intelligence analyst, was working on a book about privacy, and he wanted to see how much he could find out about himself from sources available to any tenacious stalker.” (via)

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More on Shared Items

Felipe Hoffa thinks that sharing items aspect of Google Reader invades his privacy.

I tend to disagree. When I share content, I know that it’s going to any who wants to read it. That’s what “Shared Items” means. Don’t want to read it, then don’t read it.

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More on Big Brother

From the Washington Post – “The FBI is embarking on a $1 billion effort to build the world’s largest computer database of peoples’ physical characteristics, a project that would give the government unprecedented abilities to identify individuals in the United States and abroad.”

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