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15th August

  'Google policy is to get right up to the creepy line and not cross it'...

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Google admits that users should not expect privacy when they use Gmail
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gmail logoPeople sending email to any of Google's 425 million Gmail users have no reasonable expectation that their communications are confidential, the internet giant has said in a court filing.

The advocacy group Consumer Watchdog uncovered the filing and called the revelation a stunning admission. John Simpson, Consumer Watchdog's privacy project director said:

Google has finally admitted they don't respect privacy. People should take them at their word; if you care about your email correspondents' privacy, don't use Gmail.

Google set out its case last month in an attempt to dismiss a class action lawsuit that accuses the tech giant of breaking wire tap laws when it scans emails sent from non-Google accounts in order to target ads to Gmail users. That suit quotes Eric Schmidt, Google's executive chairman:

Google policy is to get right up to the creepy line and not cross it.

The filing continues that Google:

Unlawfully opens up, reads, and acquires the content of people's private email messages. Unbeknown to millions of people, on a daily basis and for years, Google has systematically and intentionally crossed the 'creepy line' to read private email messages containing information you don't want anyone to know, and to acquire, collect, or mine valuable information from that mail.

 

13th August

  Bin Snooping...

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City of London set to ban litter bins that snoop on the Wi-Fi of passers by
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renew binThe City of London has demanded that an advertising firm stop using a network of hi-tech litter bins that can track people walking through London's financial district.

The City of London Corporation has now told Renew to pull the plug on the programme, which captures smartphones' serial numbers and analyses signal strength to follow people up and down the street.

It is unclear how Renew had planned to use the data, gathered by its reinforced, shoulder-height bins stationed near St Paul's Cathedral and Liverpool Street station.

The bins include a video display for advertising and it is speculated that adverts could be tailored to passers by eg for noting for example whether a phone is in roaming mode. Different adverts could be shown to City workers and visitors.

A spokesman for the council said it had learned about the tests through the press only last week.

Nick Pickles of the privacy advocacy group Big Brother Watch said questions need to be asked about how such a blatant attack on people's privacy was able to occur .

 

12th August

 Extract: We Are What We Hate...

Salman Rushdie introduces the phrase 'culture of offendedness' to describe what modern society has become
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Fury Salman RushdieNovelist Salman Rushdie spoke out against a new culture of offendedness yesterday, saying that people increasingly define ourselves by hate .

Speaking to a sellout crowd on the opening day of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, the Midnight's Children author said:

I do think that one of the characteristics of our age is the growth of this culture of offendedness. It has to do with the rise of identity politics, where you're invited to define your identity quite narrowly -- you know, Western, Islamic, whatever it might be.

Classically, we have defined ourselves by the things we love. By the place which is our home, by our family, by our friends. But in this age we're asked to define ourselves by hate. That what defines you is what pisses you off. And if nothing pisses you off, who are you?

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26th July

 Update: Guess Who is Censoring the British Internet?...

So how come Britain is allowing China to suffocate British internet businesses by letting Chinese censors take the decisions to err on the side of overblocking
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25th July

 Offsite Article: The Porn Minister...

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dan bull think-of the children videoLetter to David Cameron, a YouTube rap by Dan Bull

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15th July

  Bordering on a Police State...

UK Border Agency staff may seize mobile phones without a reason
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The high-tech wristband that can tell when you are having sex (and could even be used to make sure your girlfriend is behaving!)

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14th July

 Offsite Article: The Manacle...

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jawboneThe high-tech wristband that can tell when you are having sex (and could even be used to make sure your girlfriend is behaving!)

See article from dailymail.co.uk

 

11th July

  Beware of Suspicious Questions...

US implements mandatory reporting of suspicions about office colleagues
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15 99:34s John Dies at the End is a 2012 USA comedy Sci-Fi horror by Don Coscarelli.
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UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong language, comic violence, horror and gore for:

  • 2013 cinema release

For comparison: MPAA Rated R For bloody violence and gore, nudity, language and drug content.

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A new street drug that sends its users across time and dimensions has one drawback: some people return as no longer human. Can two college dropouts save humankind from this silent, otherworldly invasion?

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1st July

 Offsite Article: Censored! Hundreds of bad taste number plates...

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who 5hatMiserable killjoys at the DVLA

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