Friday, January 02, 2009

Privacy and Social Networks

It's been quiet on the MindBlizzard blog during the past two weeks. I've enjoyed the holiday season and spent some time with the family skating and stuff. That doesn't mean nothing interesting has happened during the past weeks though.

Let me start off with wishing you all the best for 2009. I hope you'll have fun on the web.

One of the things I just ran into was a video of the Office of the Privacy Commisioner of Canada which made an excellent video about Privacy and Social Networks and shows that harvesting of personal data keeps going on and on...

A couple of great thoughts about this video have been put up by Digital ID Coach Judi,

Coaching moment: There are two sides to this problem. On one side are the account holders of these social networking sites. They are busy disclosing their interests, connections, and lives. These account holders may not realize that they are being mapped and sold out to the extent that they are. Perhaps they think it’s ok.

On the other side are the businesses that run these sites. They have Terms of Service (TOS) contracts that account holders agree to, whether they read the terms or not. The businesses engage in harvesting and selling practices that benefit their bottom line. (Would you expect anything less? They are businesses, and this is one way that it’s done.) The problem is that the buying and selling of account holder data is not transparent to the account holders.

Read the full article here.

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Blogger Steve Ballmer said...

Nice blog here, you just need to push Vista!

Tuesday, January 06, 2009 6:06:00 AM  
Blogger VeeJay Burns said...

Dear Steve.

Thanks for taking time to drop by. To give credit to whom credit is due, the main content of this particular article was by Judie (as quoted).

As for pushing Vista I'm not sure it will fit the content of this blog. I'd rather get in touch with Kim Cameron to discuss Microsofts Identity Management. If you could set that up, I'd be very happy.

Wednesday, January 07, 2009 9:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Judi Clark said...

Thanks VeeJay for the post and link.

My post does talk a bit about Kim Cameron's Seven Laws of Identity in the context of developing a model for personalized commerce. The whole idea of identity management is a fascinating area, and one that Microsoft has had experience (think Passport). If you do talk with Kim about Microsoft's position, I look forward to reading your comments on this!

Wednesday, January 07, 2009 10:21:00 AM  
Blogger VeeJay Burns said...

Yes, the Seven Laws are an interesting piece. However, I fear they might be outdated already.

Microsoft's first attempt with Passport failed to a number of reasons, some of which are also design errors in OpenID.
You might like to check some of my thoughts in Is it web 3.0 Time on Google Connect.

Another thought is that when Microsoft starts talking about IdM (and many other big corporations) it is from a corporate perspective, which I think is outdated in a web 2.0 environment. Will have to do more blogging on that though ;)

Wednesday, January 07, 2009 10:30:00 AM  

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