Oct 302014
 

Chris Matyszczyk reports: People don’t always say what they think. Especially in business and love. Please, therefore, consider this question: whom would you trust more with your private data: the NSA, a company like Google, or your mom? I ask because I’m looking at the results of a survey, conducted between October 9 and12, that asked [...]

Oct 302014
 

Matthew Knott, James Massola, and David Wroe report: Police will use new laws requiring customers’ phone and internet records to be stored for two years to target terrorists, child abusers and potentially illegal music and movie downloaders. The Abbott government introduced legislation for a mandatory data retention scheme into Parliament on Thursday following a snap [...]

Oct 302014
 

IBM and Twitter inked a deal Wednesday that will give businesses a way to mine the social network for insight, forecasts and business insights. IBM, which has struggled to move the needle on its cloud business as it shifts focus from hardware to cloud, software and services, said it will offer Twitter-based Insights-as-a-Cloud service tied [...]

Oct 292014
 

Associated Press reports: The Virginia Supreme Court will consider a carpet cleaner’s attempt to obtain the names of people who anonymously criticized the business on the Internet. Arguments in the battle between Hadeed Carpet Cleaner and the online review site Yelp are set for Wednesday. A decision is likely in January. Read more on CSNWashington.com

Oct 282014
 

Kashmir Hill writes: The generally accepted trade-off on the Internet is that you give up your privacy to get free stuff. It’s summed up by a frequently repeated adage, “If you’re not paying for it, you’re the product.” But sometimes you’re paying for it, and you’re still the product. Verizon and AT&T  customers are paying an (often steep) [...]

Oct 282014
 

Meena Harris writes: Following the Guardian’s recent exposé on Whisper’s consumer-privacy practices, alleging that the social-media app that supposedly allows people “to anonymously share [their] thoughts with the world . . . in a community built around trust and honesty,” in fact tracks the geolocation of users who opted out of such data collection, Chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee John [...]