Online Privacy – Weekly Content Round-Up

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Online privacy is the focus of this week's Vuze content round-up.

Call it an Orwellian-reality or label it the Snowden-effect, online privacy has become a concerning issue among the masses. Whether you’re worried about being tracked via web cookies or wondering if your online email under surveillance it’s becoming increasingly important to understand how to protect your online privacy and to know what’s at stake if you don’t. This week’s content round-up focuses on this relevant topic.

Jamie Bartlett: The coming online privacy revolution

By Staff for Index On Censorship

Author Jamie Bartlett’s ebook Orwell Vs The Terrorists: Crypto-Wars and the Future of Surveillance examines the some of the challenges involved with protecting online privacy. Additionally, he looks at some of the radical, cutting-edge ways that researchers and entrepreneurs are working on developing innovative tools and products to preserve privacy in the digital age.

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“And there are even more revolutionary plans in the pipeline. An alternative way of organising the internet is being built as we speak, an internet where no one is in control, where no one can find you or shut you down, where no one can manipulate your content. A decentralised world that is both private and impossible to censor.”

Obama to Introduce Comprehensive Online Privacy Bill

by Fox Van Allen for Techlicious

Next month the President will propose an online privacy bill that will enable you to access that same data and information that companies collect about you along with stipulations that companies must request and receive your permission before they can collect or sell any information they’ve collected about you.

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“The bill empowers the FTC to levy penalties of up to $16,500 per violation per day against companies that flaunt the law. Currently, the FTC is largely powerless to address issues of consumer data – it’s only able to levy fines against companies with pre-existing agreements with the agency itself.”

 7 Cool Ways to Have Fun Online While Protecting Your Privacy

by Mark Weinstein for Huffington Post

An excellent compilation of online resources and tools that are privacy-centric and that you can use for cloud storage, web browsing, social media and more. Just because there’s a level of mistrust surrounding online privacy does’t mean that you have to go dark on digital.

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“The following conscientious companies and their cool, respectful products are mostly free and fun, with privacy built into them to help prevent the type of scandals you read about in the daily news.”

Uncle Sam and the Illusion of Privacy Online

By Adrienne Lafrance for The Atlantic

The United States government is continuing to issue requests for user information and data from social media networks and tech companies. Unbeknownst to most users are never notified about when their data is pulled or why.

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“All of this is a reminder of one of the core principles of modern communication: that nothing is private on the Internet. But it also raises a question about the real nature of the privacy threat.”

What Happens To Privacy When The Internet Is In Everything?

By Natasha Lomos for TechCrunch

Predictions about the future of the Internet say that it eventually we will be so immersed in the web that it will become a part of everything around us to create a dynamic, connected experience. But, what does this mean for online privacy and will we have to give permission to the ‘Internet of Things’ and devices that want to track us?

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“[The Internet of Things] has the potential to provide enormous benefits for consumers, but it also has significant privacy and security implications,” she warned. “Connected devices that provide increased convenience and improve health services are also collecting, transmitting, storing, and often sharing vast amounts of consumer data, some of it highly personal, thereby creating a number of privacy risks.”

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