Jun 272012
 June 27, 2012  Posted by  Misc

I’ll be offline until Monday, traveling with some friends.  Blogging will resume Monday. Hope everyone enjoys the rest of their week!

Jun 262012
 June 26, 2012  Posted by  Business, Non-U.S., Online

With tongue firmly planted in cheek, Andrew Banks writes:

It’s okay, Telstra’s Next G mobile users, you can carry on web surfing. No, really.

All those rumours about Telstra spying on your web browsing activity have been put to rest. It turns out Telstra wasn’t spying at all – they were simply tracking what sites you visit and then sending that data to an overseas company called Netsweeper, which is working on an internet filtering system for the telco. Phew! Thank goodness for that.

They would have told you, of course, but it wasn’t really important. I mean, it’s not as if they were capturing customer data, storing it and sharing it with third-party operators, right?

Read more on news.com.au

Jun 252012
 June 25, 2012  Posted by  Business, Govt, Non-U.S., Surveillance

Martin Robinson reports:

The shopping habits of Britain’s 25 million supermarket loyalty card holders could be grabbed by the Government in an attempt to halt the UK’s dangerous obesity crisis, it was claimed today.

People who buy too much alcohol, fatty foods or sugary drinks would be targeted with ‘tailored’ health advice under plans being considered by the Coalition.

With more children than ever dangerously overweight, parents could also be contacted if their bills show they are not giving their offspring a balanced diet from their weekly shop.

Read more on Daily Mail

I wonder how many customers would be willing to give up loyalty cards if this comes to pass.

Jun 252012
 June 25, 2012  Posted by  Business, Featured News, Online

Andy Greenberg of Forbes reports:

Dane Jasper’s tiny Internet service provider Sonic.net briefly took the national spotlight last October, when it contested a Department of Justice order that it secretly hand over the data of privacy activist and WikiLeaks associate Jacob Appelbaum. But Jasper’s conversion into a privacy true believer began earlier, with a less-discussed subpoena: one regarding a pornographic film with an unprintable title.

Read Andy’s interview with Dane on Forbes.

h/t, @privacysucks