ICANN Considers Relaxing Domain Registration Privacy; Automattic Objects

There is a legal process. Without doubt “this proposal would significantly harm communication, commerce, and most especially, anonymous speech online.”

Transparency Report

We’ve said it time and time again: user privacy is important to us. We’re vigilant about protecting it on WordPress.com, and we’re always on the lookout, ready to weigh in on policy proposals that might curtail the privacy that we and our users value so highly.

Today, our focus turns to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the organization responsible for coordinating the internet’s naming system, such as domain names. ICANN is currently considering a proposal that would prohibit many domain owners from using privacy and proxy registration services.

What exactly does this mean? If you’ve ever registered a domain (and millions of you on WordPress.com have), you may have noticed an option to make your personal information, such as your name, address, and phone number, private. This is great for those who want to publish anonymously or those who simply value more privacy. However, ICANN is considering precluding anyone who uses a domain for “commercial” purposes from private…

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PSA: Secret app on Smartphones (except iPhone) logs sensitive information | Canadian Tech Blogger

Carrier IQ a secret app on Android, Blackberry and Nokia phones .. . It automatically and without question sends your unencrypted text messages, what buttons you press, what phone numbers you call (or even press!), encrypted information if you use your browser including but not limited usernames and passwords.

via Canadian Tech Blogger.

IE Flaw Access to Facebook, Gmail, Twitter Accounts

IE9 IE  [Internet Explorer] Flaw Could Allow Hackers Access to your Facebook, Gmail, Twitter Accounts –  A security researcher discovered a ‘cookiejacking’ flaw in all IE versions that could allow an attacker to steal your session cookies and then log onto your password-protected sites such as Gmail, Facebook or Twitter.

via Privacy and Security Fanatic: IE Flaw Could Allow Hackers Access to your Facebook, Gmail, Twitter Accounts.

Microsoft claims even though Valotta said it was easy to do there is little risk a hacker could succeed in a cookie jacking scam like that and the issue is not one the company calls a high risk.

Google Ad Probe & Facebook Security Breach

brokenlock None of us want to become a victims of personal information disclosure or cyber crime but most of us don’t want to hear about it. We just want someone else to fix it for us and restore trust that our our personal and private information is kept private.   As I said in my earlier article  Social Networks Siphon Personal Information there’s no doubt about it. Also note the information in Facebook Connections and Reputation Management. This brief synopsis of articles constitutes an update I’d like to refer to my readers.

Google Advertising and Privacy Issue

Government investigation into online advertising and privacy issues results in regulatory filing.  In a regulatory filing this afternoon, Google disclosed that it was taking a $500 million charge in the first quarter, apparently to potentially settle charges related to a Department of Justice investigation of the company. — Google Discloses DOJ Ad Probe

Facebook Security Breach

A security vulnerability on Facebook gave advertisers and other third parties a way to access users’ accounts and personal information, for years, according to security firm Symantec Corp. … As of April, Symantec estimated that the flaw affected close to 100,000 Facebook apps—and that since Facebook introduced apps in 2007 potentially hundreds of thousands of applications may have inadvertently leaked millions of access tokens to third parties. Facebook has fixed the leak, but it’s recommended you change your Facebook password to render any leaked tokens useless . — Facebook Security Flaw Exposed User Accounts

Finger points back to Facebook

I wrote a very long examination of the issues that Facebook employed a PR firm to publicize, about how Facebook feels Google may be violating privacy with its Google Social Search product. Here’s a shorter look, especially from the angle of how Facebook itself has enabled Google to do what Facebook is now complaining about. — How Facebook Enables The Google Social “Scraping” It’s Upset About

Do Not Track Bill

Privacy groups and consumer rights advocates have enthusiastically endorsed the Do Not Track bill introduced by U.S. Sen. John D. Rockefeller. Rockefeller (D-W. Va.) introduced an online “do not track” privacy bill that would give consumers the ability to block Internet companies from tracking their online activity. The proposed law already has the endorsement of several major consumer advocacy and privacy groups. The framework would allow the Federal Trade Commission to define the rules within a year of the bill being signed into law. –– Privacy Groups Applaud Rockefeller’s Do Not Track Bill

Extended Validation SSL (EV SSL) Certificates

For the past three years, the Online Trust Alliance (OTA) has published an annual online safety report that examines the adoption of proven countermeasures against deception and identity theft that help protect online brands and consumers. … The report underscores measures that mitigate account takeovers, breaches, email spoofing, and phishing attacks. The adoption of Extended Validation SSL (EV SSL) Certificates was one of the solutions highlighted by the report. 2011 Online Trust Alliance Trust Scorecard Highlights Increase in EV SSL Adoption

Canada a Country of Choice for Cybercriminals

The American online-security company Websense found that Canada’s reputation as a law abiding country is making it a preferred location from which to launch cyber attacks, with Canada ranking No. 6 worldwide among countries hosting cybercrime, up from 13th place last year.  Patrik Runald, Websense senior security researcher, said that while the United States still ranks No. 1 among the top 10 countries in hosting phishing sites -used by cyber criminals to trick computer users into downloading malicious software or divulging passwords, financial information and other confidential data. — Canada new breeding ground for cybercrime

Facebook Connections and Reputation Management

facebbok icon These days one can be either hired or fired based on what employers find on our Facebook pages and reputation management has become a focus for bloggers. The reality is that much of the web is designed, not so much to share information, as to sell it. It’s also a reality bloggers today, more than ever before, have many demands on their time and social media networking to create an authentic online presence can be a time drain.

A new study by the Pew Research Center showed more adult Internet users are keeping track of their reputations online than in years past, with young adults aged 18 to 29 more likely than older adults to take steps to protect themselves.

“Search engines and social media sites now play a central role in building one’s identity online,” said Mary Madden, Senior Research Specialist and lead author of the report, “Many users are learning and refining their approach as they go–changing privacy settings on profiles, customizing who can see certain updates and deleting unwanted information about them that appears online.”

I have just read Ben Rothke’s take on Facebook and would like to share his insights with you. (Please click through and read the whole article.)

There is a similar paradox when it comes to Facebook. The paradox is why people openly share such private information as their date of birth (amongst myriad other personal details) in their Facebook profile. … As of mid-June, only 7,539 of Facebook users have liked the official Facebook and Privacy page — 7,539 is but .000018% of Facebook users, not exactly banging down the privacy door. In other words, an infinitesimal amount of Facebook users seem to truly care about privacy. … — The Facebook privacy paradox

Read also:
10 reasons to quit facebook (and one reason to stay on) on CSOonline.com
5 Facebook, Twitter scams to avoid

“Connections.” It’s an innocent-sounding word. But it’s at the heart of some of the worst of Facebook’s recent changes.

EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) wrote at length about the problems created by transforming personal information into “Connections” to allow far more people than ever before access to it, regardless of whether you want them to.
Six Things You Need to Know About Facebook Connections
How to Opt Out of Facebook’s Instant Personalization

I am not a Facebook member. Now that the dust has settled following the big brouhaha I’m wondering how my readers who are Facebook members fared. If you are a Facebook member did you stay? Or did you join the 36,000 departing Facebook members in the exodus?

Related posts found in this blog:
5 Facebook Questions for WordPress.com Bloggers
Handle Online Attacks Effectively
Six free comment tracking services for bloggers
Blogging: Online presence and authenticity

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