Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Google Latitude Discontinued Over Privacy Concerns: But the Real Legal Problem is Unauthorized Use by Social Media of Personal Information for Private or Commercial Profit

So now only my mobile phone provider and various government institutions around the world know where my smartphone is located, is that the idea, whereas my OWN use of this information is curtailed? We live in a mad world.

Frankly, I do not oppose such information in the hands of governments for purposes of national security. Most people who are law-abiding citizens have nothing to fear. Governments will always have this information and if YOU ran the government you would too.

As it is anyway, in the course of daily life our whereabouts are known to many in our personal circle of family and friends.

Where the legal system must clamp down hard is on the unauthorized exploitative use of ANY such personal information for private or commercial profit by social media and similar portals.

Facebook comes to mind here. Rather than courts entering meaningless money judgments for privacy invasions, the people responsible for such systematic privacy invasions such as e g. "graph search" should be personally sanctioned by draconic monetary fines and jail terms.

See Google Latitude - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Private Wealth Management: U.S. Trust Has Outstanding Website

This is a non-sponsored comment and does not represent an endorsement. We saw a U.S. Trust advert on Flipboard that was so good we decided to examine their website. Their "Worth Knowing" series under the menu item "Our Latest Thinking" is outstanding. See U.S. Trust - Home.

Evidence-Based Research: Confirmation Bias and Need for Hype Skew Actual Evidentiary Results in Mainstream Science Especially in the USA

Research finds 'US effect' exaggerates results in human behaviour studies.

Facebook Privacy Breaches Netting More in Profits than Legal Penalties are Exacting: Where is the Deterrent?

The Verge reports that Facebook will pay $20 million for 'Sponsored Stories' privacy breaches, a privacy breach that brought in 10 times that amount. Where is the deterrent? If it pays to break the law, people will break it.

FCS College Football Preseason Rankings at the Sports Network via the NCAA

See North Dakota State voted as the top team in The Sports Network preseason poll - NCAA.com

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