Privacy (policy), the thing that nobody actualy reads

Ever read one of the privacy policies that you have to agree with, before you can install software or use a (online) service ?
Check some of the most used, Google’s privacy policy and Apple’s privacy policy.

Also interesting is the recent lawsuit (class act) against some of the most used apps on iOS. If you read the class act document, you will notice that Apple makes life easy for app programmers to access personal data (like your address book) on your iOS device (ipad, ipod etc). Apple offers standard code plus description for accessing your address book.

So what privacy do they respect ?

Greetz, M.

Must read : The Shallows by Nicholas Carr

The Shallows by Nicholas Carr (isbn: 9780393072228)
[Dutch : Het ondiepe, hoe onze hersenen omgaan met internet]

Building on the insights of thinkers from Plato to McLuhan, Carr makes a convincing case that every information technology carries an intellectual ethic — a set of assumptions about the nature of knowledge and intelligence. He explains how the printed book served to focus our attention, promoting deep and creative thought. In stark contrast, the Internet encourages the rapid, distracted sampling of small bits of information from many sources. Its ethic is the ethic of the industrialist, an ethic of speed and efficiency, of optimized production and consumption — and now the Net is remaking us in its own image. We are becoming ever more adept at scanning and skimming, but what we are losing is our capacity for concentration, contemplation, and reflection.

How does our brain handle information and what effect does the digital age have on the way we consume, process and handle information. Open your eyes and decide for yourself if the digital ages is the progress we seek.


Geen privacy op Twitter, gegevens worden zonder navraag aan justitie uitgeleverd !

Uit de meest recente ontwikkelingen van de rechtzaak die hacker, Xs4all-oprichter en privacy-activist Rop Gonggrijp, de IJslandse politica Birgitta Jonsdottir en Tor-ontwikkelaar Jacob Appelbaum tegen de Amerikaanse overheid hebben aangespannen, blijkt volgende :

Twitter moet onder andere het e-mailadres, telefoonummer, adres- en betalingsgegevens aan de Amerikaanse justitie overdragen. Twitter slaat die gegevens, het e-mailadres uitgezonderd, bij normale gebruikers echter helemaal niet op. Het is uitzonderlijk dat Twitter de gebruikers op de hoogte stelde van het verzoek om hun gegevens te overhandigen: de Amerikaanse justitie had verzocht dat niet te doen en in veel gevallen komen bevragingen niet aan het licht.

Het is maar dat je weet hoe er met je privacy wordt omgegaan (niet dus) …

gr. M.

Who’s watching you ?

Add the “ghostery” plugin to your browser and see who’s watching you …

Ghostery sees the invisible web – tags, web bugs, pixels and beacons. Ghostery tracks the trackers and gives you a roll-call of the ad networks, behavioral data providers, web publishers, and other companies interested in your activity.

Plugin available for Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, Opera and Safari browsers.

Greetz, M.

Is Internet Explorer For The Dumb? A New Study Suggests Exactly That…

A Vancouver based Psychometric Consulting company, AptiQuant, has released a report on a trial it conducted to measure the effects of cognitive ability on the choice of web browser. AptiQuant offered free online IQ tests to over a 100,000 people and then plotted the average IQ scores based on the browser on which the test was taken. And the results are really not that surprising. With just a look at the graphs in the report, it comes out pretty clear that Internet Explorer users scored lower than average on the IQ tests. Chrome, Firefox and Safari users had just a teeny bit higher than average IQ scores. And users of Camino, Opera and IE with Chrome Frame had exceptionally higher IQ levels.

So the question is, what browser are you using ?

The report can be found here and a link to the AptiQuant website here.

UPDATE (2011-08-03) : As it turns out, this is a hoax; the company only exists a month. None the less a fun conclusion …

greetz, M.