Largest biometric database being created in India with over 1.2 billion identities. Scary and a serious concern outside of the personal privacy aspect is the security of this database. From a positive standpoint and driving argument is that is provides the means to overcome the significant levels of corruption in India. Particularly for those living outside of the city and at the mercy of corrupt officials. In fact this database if implemented well would free these very persons from certain tyranny. Another dilemma ….
Interesting that participation is voluntary. Same as Sweden’s approach.
Read more here. It is fascinating reading and worth a visit 🙂 .
Stricter legal guidelines in the EU means cookie providers need to ask your permission before handing out cookies. Clearly US not so happy about this 🙂
Read more here http://content.usatoday.com/communities/technologylive/post/2011/09/europe-taking-much-stricter-stance-on-do-not-track-rules/1.
Unless you opt out. At least that’s what some researchers are claiming. It seems that certain mobile phones, namely those hosting windows7 OS and the iPhone. Apparently the windows smartphone does this even after you’ve switched off this functionally.
This has gone to the law courts in the US now http://m.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/sep/01/microsoft-location-tracking?cat=technology&type=article.
Now you maybe thinking that well it is common knowledge that our phones can be tracked? And sure this is correct. However what is important here are 2 things 1) consent, the phone holder needs to consent to this, and 2) the data is actually in this example being collected and stored in a database. This means that not only are you being tracked without your knowledge, but this data can later be mined. Powerful personal data. And this is happening for your children who have mobile phones too…..