Lets get Google

Technewsworld posted this article asking “Did Google’s Wardriving Ways Give It a Competitive Edge?” and quoted John Bumgarner, chief technology officer for the U.S. Cyber Consequences Unitwho said ;

“These guys were able to go out and pick up WiFi signals and based on those WiFi signals pinpoint information about users,”¬† “That gave them a huge advantage over Microsoft because then they could do better targeted marketing.”

“It was an unfair competitive advantage,”

But

So my question to John Bumgarner would be;
Aren’t you always arguing that Google collecting all this sort of information is wrong ? and if so then no one should have it, certainly not Microsoft, Yahoo or any of them. Are you complaining that Google collected so much private information it was an invasion of privacy or is it that Google had information that was private but Yahoo and Microsoft should also have been allowed to have it and who cares about privacy when you can make money out of the populations personal information ? because that’s how it reads to me.

And of course take the word “Wardriving” out of the article title and it might as well read “Does Google have a competitive Edge ?” which you would hope a business had but that doesn’t quite grab the attention like¬†“Did Google’s Wardriving Ways Give It a Competitive Edge?”

Come on Technewsworld you have the word “news” in your name please try and report just that.

Merry Christmas from Facebook, we’re going to invade more of your privacy

You see from a business point of you (and let’s not forget why Facebook does this)the latest feature of automatic tagging is great but being able to get a profile on somebody, which could include your town and phone number, just from a picture you have seen on the internet seems to me to be a step to far. What do you lot think ? Please feel free to comment.

New Facebook feature raises privacy concerns

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Hi, My names Google and i’ve gone mad

Google, NSA may team up over cyberattacks: report – Yahoo! News

“Google is finalizing a deal that would let the National Security Agency help it investigate a corporate espionage attack that may have originated in China”
Now that’s interesting, Google are getting a lot of flak over privacy issues for sharing our data, either willingly (marketing) or unwillingly (cracking), so to put our minds at rest they have teamed up with “the world’s most powerful electronic surveillance organization” um, makes me feel much better, anybody tried Yauba ? apart from all the returned results that reference documents that are all in proprietory formats, it’s an interesting way to have your resuls displayed, give it a whirl and let me know what you think.

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Security, Privacy, Anonymity ? I’ll take them all please.

For some time while I still used MS Windows I had been using the TOR network to try and maintain a modest amount of anonymity whilst online. If you are not aware Organisations and individuals around the world are watching your internet streams and looking for useful info. that you might be sending. Certainly running something like Peer Guardian is very revealing and I suggest anybody interested in Internet Security including anonymity and privacy, checks it out to help get an understanding of how bad this actually is. However, there didn’t seem to be a Linux equivalent for Peer Guardian so had assumed I would be out of luck on the TOR front, all is not lost however as nixCraft point out on this article regarding TOR and Privoxy.