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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    We all know we are being tracked as we move about the web. Now a new study shows just how many tracking efforts there are on the web – 81,000+! Bad news! But the researchers found some (relatively) good news as well. Here’s why…

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    Former Attorney General Eric Holder recently said that he thought Edward Snowden had done a public service for Americans and generated a conversation that we needed to have about privacy and security. A recent vote in the Senate Intelligence Committee that would allow the FBI to gain access to information about our emails without a court order, and a new patent for a police cruiser light bar that would include facial recognition capability might make us wonder where that conversation is ending up.

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    Over 200 years ago, the philosopher Jeremy Bentham proposed a prison model called a Panopticon based on the belief that people change their behavior when they think they may are being watched. Recently, the National Telecommunications Information Administration has confirmed that people are behaving differently online today based on fears about privacy and security. That could be bad news for both our civic and our economic health in the US. To read about the report, go to www.ntia.doc.gov/blog/2016/lack-trust-internet-privacy-and-security-may-deter-economic-and-other-online-activities. To listen, click right here.

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    As more and more things that we use every day, from cars to health bracelets, get connected to the Internet, and as personal information gets aggregated and stored in large centralized databases, the odds keep going up and up that one of these days, our personal information is going to get hacked. Here are some recent indications.

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    Humans are very good at identifying human faces. These days, computers are just as good, or even better, even when the person isn’t facing a camera. Most of us have a photo of ourselves somewhere on the web, even if we didn’t put it there ourselves. Facial recognition software can compare a picture taken in a store or gas station or even on the street with photos taken from the web and all the sudden our online and offline lives come together for retailers, marketers, and government agencies. For over a year, trade associations and privacy advocates have been meeting to try to come up with a voluntary set of guidelines for using facial recognition technology. Recently all nine privacy advocate organizations walked out of those meetings. Here’s why.

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne

    “An Act To Protect the Privacy of Citizens from Domestic Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Use,” (LD236) sponsored by Senator John Patrick, was discussed yesterday at a public hearing before the judiciary committee in Augusta. And before you think domestic drones a thing of the future, you should know that Shenna Bellows of the Maine ACLU was able to bring a few of them with her for “show and tell”

    Today we hear testimony from Shenna Bellows, Executive Director of the ACLU of Maine, and Bruce Gagnon of Maine Veteran’s for Peace, as well as questions from the committee members.

    FMI:
    www.aclumaine.org/privacy
    www.mainelegislature.org/LawMakerWeb/summary.asp?ID=280046602
    Viking Unmanned Aerial Systems, based in Maine: vikinguas.com

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    As we clean up in the physical world from Hurricane Sandy, let’s do a little clean up in the digital world as well by looking at some recent developments in research on smart meter privacy hazards, and on Amazon’s occasional forays into removing stuff from your Kindle that you bought and paid for.

    And if you’d like to find out how to avoid having Amazon “repossess” books you have bought, you may want to take a look at arstechnica.com/gadgets/2012/drm-be-damned-how-to-protect-your-Amazon-e-books-from-being-deleted/

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    Cell phones and smart phones are terrifically convenient but they also contain a lot of information about where we’ve been, where we are now, and, maybe, where we’ll be in the future. Lots of people would like to grab that information, and lots of it is being grabbed right now.

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