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  1. Netscape Communications Corporation's release of Communicator 4.06 * » contains a new feature, ``Smart Browsing'', controlled by a new icon labeled What's Related , a front-end to a service that will recommend sites that are related to the document the user is currently viewing. The implementation of this feature raises a number of potentially serious privacy concerns, which we have examined here.

    Specifically, URLs that are visited while a user browses the web are reported back to a server at Netscape. The logs of this data, when used in conjunction with cookies, could be used to build extensive dossiers of individual web users, even including their names, addresses, and telephone numbers in some cases.
    Tags: , , by M. Fioretti (2012-08-04)
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  2. Internet mailing lists today suffer from the problem of their vulnerability. The Shibboleth project and software were designed from the ground-up to provide the security and privacy that hasn't previously been possible for Internet mailing list communities and their users.
    Tags: , , , by M. Fioretti (2012-07-09)
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  3. President Obama is slated to sign an economic stimulus package that includes $19 billion for health care IT.  Economists say the effort will create thousands of new jobs, but some conservatives have criticized the health IT provisions.  The package also includes language intended to strengthen protections for medical data. Healthcare IT News et al.
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  4. It’s Google’s Internet, we just use it. Well, maybe not, but some days it seems that way. Google’s gone from searching the Internet to being a big chunk of it. The latest moves from Mountain View include adding OAuth and contextual gadgets to email. Good on the surface for Google users, but what do they mean for everybody else?
    Tags: , , , , by M. Fioretti (2012-07-05)
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  6. In a recent Inc Magazine live chat, I found myself, somewhat surprisingly even to me defending Facebook regarding their ongoing and evolving privacy policy. The essence of my argument is that there's enormous advantage for users in giving up some privacy online and that we need to be exploring the boundary conditions - asking ourselves when...
    Tags: , , by M. Fioretti (2012-07-03)
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  7. "by withholding this life and death information from the public domain, the government's capacity to spur corrective action was blocked."
    Tags: , , , , by M. Fioretti (2012-07-10)
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  8. L'applicazione pratica dei principi della dottrina dell'Open Government sta ponendo in tutto il mondo delicate implicazioni giuridiche. Proprietà intellettuale dei dati, privacy dei cittadini e normativa sulla trasparenza rappresentano ovunque criticità importanti ma, nel nostro Paese, rischiano di diventare seri ostacoli per l'adozione di politiche "Open". È dunque opportuno che Legislatore e Amministrazioni pensino ai profili giuridici come variabile decisiva per il successo delle iniziative di trasparenza, provando a recepire le esperienze di maggior successo ed adattandole al nostro sistema normativo.
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  9. The market for personal data about Internet users is hot—and in the vanguard is scraping, the practice of harvesting and selling online conversations. In May, Nielsen Co. scraped private forums on where patients discuss illnesses.
    Tags: , , by M. Fioretti (2012-07-11)
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