Mar 312012
 March 31, 2012  Posted by  Youth & Schools

Christopher Brocklebank reports:

Prospective students at the University of California and California State University campuses may be asked to volunteer information when applying or enrolling next year on whether they are LGBT.

This partially arises from an obscure state law aimed at discerning whether students at said institutions are getting enough services, including counselling. But, according to The Los Angeles Times, there are concerns about privacy.

Read more on PinkNews.  The original report was by Larry Gordon in the Los Angeles Times, where you can find more background on the law and reporting on this issue.

The law does not seem to require students – or colleges – to ask or disclose LGBT status, but was intended to give students an opportunity to disclose if they want to.  As with many laws, it appears to be well-intended, but yes, there are concerns. And given that some people see this as the trend of the future, best we think about it now rather than later.

via Democratic Underground

Mar 312012
 March 31, 2012  Posted by  Laws, Workplace

Rob Groce writes:

He claims he wants small government.

He swears he works to bring freedom to his constituents.

But earlier this week, Rep. Tim Scott voted in big-government fashion to deny citizens a freedom that’s as basic as protection of a personal password.

As a result of this vote from Scott and other Republicans, it’s now a-okay for companies to make employees and job applicants reveal their passwords to social media websites. A boss can sign in to a worker’s or applicant’s account, see who her “friends” are, and check out any comments she made. If the worker/applicant refuses (or if the boss doesn’t like what he sees)? Goodbye, job.


Mar 312012
 March 31, 2012  Posted by  Business, Online

Web media giant Yahoo said it is adopting a “Do Not Track” online tool to allow visitors to opt out of data collection by advertisers.

The announcement by Yahoo comes the same week the Federal Trade Commission praised the online industry for voluntarily adopting Do Not Track mechanisms to protect the privacy rights of consumers.

Read more on eCredit Daily.

Mar 312012
 March 31, 2012  Posted by  Business, Online

Violet Blue reports that concerns over an app have led FourSquare to close API access to the app. Facebook does not seem to have responded yet:

The app Girls Around Me is being labeled “a wake-up call” for Facebook privacy.

It’s a sexual predator’s wet dream.

Girls Around Me is an app that merges Facebook and Foursquare data and layers it over Google Maps with real-time GPS location data to show the user where the nearest women are.

Read more on ZDNet.