Posts tagged "Privacy"

3 reasons I will not ask for my children's social media passwords

There has been a some debate over whether schools should be allowed to demand that students hand over their social media passwords. Shannan at Tween Us wrote an excellent post clarifying Illinois laws about school access to passwords. You should read it here. I echo Shannan’s concerns about school access to student passwords. I also... Read more »

Book review: The Circle by Dave Eggers made me want to puke (in a good way)

Reading The Circle by Dave Eggers made me want to puke. My nausea was not induced by graphic violence or other gross descriptions. I was sickened by Eggers’ detailed descriptions of a dystopia that felt too real. The Circle is not about your typical dystopia where water, gas, and other resources are scarce and people kill... Read more »

It was like the Earth itself gasped

The argument for transparency was always that the only people who have something to hide are criminals, liars, and cheats. Sure people do some things in private because they’re embarrassed for others to see them done, but we were assured that that once everyone was revealed we would realize there is nothing to be embarrassed... Read more »

Privacy tips from Jenny Lawson, the Bloggess

Jenny Lawson, a.k.a. the Bloggess, spoke about privacy at the BlogHer ’14 conference. Her keynote was not billed as a speech about privacy. In fact, I’m not sure she ever even used the word “privacy.” Still, in describing her own writing process she listed a series of privacy tips that are good practice for anyone writing... Read more »

Do you post pictures of your children online?

Some parents actively post pictures of their children online on blogs, social media, and other websites. Other parents limit online sharing of their children’s photos to limited groups and only post pictures publicly if you can’t see the child’s face. There are even some parents who never post their children’s pictures online even to share them... Read more »

Reset the Net: How you can fight NSA mass surveillance

Reset the Net: How you can fight NSA mass surveillance
On June 5, you may see splash screens on web sites and posts on social media about telling you to “Reset the Net.” Those Reset the Net messages are to encourage website administrators, app developers, and all Internet users to take steps to prevent NSA mass surveillance. The date June 5, 2014 was selected because... Read more »

"The Smart Girl's Guide to Privacy" is a must read for women online

The Smart Girl’s Guide to Privacy by Violet Blue is an important book for all women to read, especially those who are active online using social media and other websites. The book explains the risks associated with sharing personal information and describes how you can protect your data and yourself. The book also gives advice on what... Read more »

City of Big Data promotes data benefits, ignores privacy concerns

City of Big Data promotes data benefits, ignores privacy concerns
Chicago: City of Big Data is an exhibition being presented by the Chicago Architecture Foundation from now until the end of the year. The title City of Big Data is a play on the moniker bestowed on Chicago by Carl Sandburg, “City of Big Shoulders.” The exhibition focuses on how the City of Chicago uses... Read more »

Even on the Internet some people prefer privacy

Despite being a blogger and being active on social media I still consider myself to be a private person. A common definition of privacy is “the right to be left alone” as written in an article by Samuel Warren and Louis Brandeis in the Harvard Law Review. That’s still a pretty vague definition, which is... Read more »

Pseudonyms and anonymity: A fake name won't protect privacy for long

A lot of people use pseudonyms online. If they don’t use a completely made up name they may omit their last name or only use their initials. People say they do this to protect their privacy or their children’s privacy. That they want to be anonymous. Unfortunately, pseudonyms are pretty weak privacy protections. Think of... Read more »