Monthly Archives: January 2012

A Different View of the New Google Privacy Policies

I thought this post on the Google privacy changes by the uber libertarian technophile Technology Liberation Front was interesting, given that so much of what one reads is of the TIME TO FREAK OUT variety.

Key bits:

Although we have yet to see it play out in practice, this likely means that if you use Google services, the videos you play on YouTube may automatically be posted to your Google+ page. If you’ve logged an appointment in your Google calendar, Google may correlate the appointment time with your current location and local traffic conditions and send you an email advising you that you risk being late.

At the same time, if you’ve called in sick with the intention of going fishing, that visit to the nearby state park might show up your Google+ page, too.

The policy, however, will not include Google’s search engine, Google’s Chrome web browser, Google Wallet or Google Books.

arguable is the operative word. There indeed may be enough significant user backlash that Google backs off. In the last six months we’ve seen at least two instances of rapid market correction–Netflix’s decision not to go through with structurally separating mail and online video rental accounts and Bank of America’s reversal of its plan to charge online banking fees. Both occurred before the government could step in a provide its own (and no doubt clumsy) remedy.

Then again, there’s a significant body of research that suggests that, in spite of their own complaints, users may opt to accept greater benefits and convenience in exchange for more disclosure about their habits. With this mind, it will serve consumers best if companies like Google are allowed to experiment with the privacy paradox to find where actual boundaries are, rather than hamstringing potential innovation by pre-emptively and blindly setting them.

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Red of Tooth and Claw

Republicans at bay, Gingrich edition: “Winning Our Future | Blood Money”.


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Here We Go

Inevitably, here comes the test case:

A U.S. federal judge has ordered a defendent to decrypt her laptop.

Schneier on Security: Federal Judge Orders Defendant to Decrypt Laptop

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Mitt Romney Jokes (About, not By)

These claim to be the Best Late-Night Jokes About GOP Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney.

I sure hope the daytime ones are funnier.

(This post spurred by the also unfunny attempts at humor today by Maureen Dowd whose column complains about what Mitt Romney finds funny.)

Got a better one? Please?

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Pass the Popcorn

The Florida intra-party slugfest begins with this Romney ad in Florida.


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Cheap Shot

Greg Cote in the Miami Herald:

The University of Miami sent letters to boosters informing them of a strict new policy severely curtailing their interactions with student-athletes. From what I hear, henceforth, the yacht parties must be limited to two hours and the hookers to one per yacht.

How did that get past the editors?

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