Draft rules on use of personal information in China

Really interesting post on rules concerning the use of personal information in China.

If you make it to the end of the article 😉 I am very much of the same opinion as the author, in that okay to have rules but what about enforcement. Also is the actual intentions of the Chinese authorities? Are they really after protecting the human rights of the Chinese citizen, or is this another ploy to enforce registration of identity, hence make anonymous access to online resources impossible. This restricts freedom of speech… as if it is not already enough given existing controls…

You are being tracked!

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…..

Love / Hate and location tracking

I was watching TV last night, I think it was ‘bones’. There was a dating service whereby via your mobile phone you could pick up if anyone else registered to that dating service within a 100 metres (or something similar) and a message would pop-up “Love / Hate” and a picture of the person.

Question I have is does this type of dating service really exist? A service that links your mobile phone tracking services to your profile on the dating service, and in correlation with other registered members/phones in the immediate vicinity. Would love to hear from you! Thanks.

RFID on metal cans

In Japan an RFID tag has been released on an aluminum can for the first time ever. This is pretty interesting as metal has always been a problem for RFID, in that it blocks it from being read.

Here is a link to the article in NyTeknik in Swedish. I can’t find anything in English, so if you find a link would appreciate if you could share with me and my visitors 🙂

Celebrities Big Brother ‘white trash’ brings in RFID for entertainment

The Celebrity Big Brother program has moved on to another dimension in their surveillance with the use of RFID on participants, just for our entertainment. It is pretty sad that we are a nation that feel entertained by such ‘white trash’. Have we nothing better to do with our time than to take part or watch these programs that encourage surveillance to a level of acceptance in a society where surveillance and location tracking is increasing on endemic scales.

I wonder how many of us come home each evening, and switch on the TV before even taking off our shoes, or changing our clothes to something more casual? I wonder how many of our brains are turning to vegetables as we sit in front of our TV to be enterained by this ‘white trash’? I wonder how many of us eat our dinner in front of the TV?

Thank goodness for blogging and social networking, for that our children are not lured by the ‘television generation’ that I guess that I am a part of. There is much negative to be said with children going online, but at least they need to think, act and make decisions whilst sat in front of their computer. Not like those of us that vegetate in front of the TV.

If you can think of any intelligent reason for the benefits of TV vegetation and this type of ‘white trash’ please share. I am always open to adapting my opinions if the arguments are compelling enough.

The mobile phone as an ultimate personal marketing machine

It seems that advertisers have been getting pretty excited about the potential of the mobile phone. This is no surprise when you consider that cellular carriers possess terabytes of demographic data on their users and they even know where the caller is. Your mobile phone gives all of this away. Advertisers today have the potential to mould campaigns that can be aimed at specific age, gender, income and lifestyle segments and locations. This is bringing advertisers around the world close to their long dreamed of vision: the mobile phone as an ultimate, targeted, personal marketing machine.

The new Google phone is right on, dubbed the G1, has been touted as a working man’s smartphone — a cheap, Web-friendly wireless device that can make life easier for millions of consumers. The G1, as it turns out, also stands to make life a whole lot easier for Google — by making it a snap to track your movements on the mobile Web and send you ads as it does on the desktop. The device, sold exclusively by T-Mobile, gives Google access to your e-mail, instant messages, contact lists, Web-search history and geographic location. By keeping tabs on your mobile life, Google (GOOG) can quickly figure out what sort of ads to send your way, and when

“It’s like a walking surveillance device,” says Jeffrey Chester, executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy, a consumer watchdog group.

Mobile advertising is still relatively new — G1 users, for now, get ads only through search results, for instance — but it’s clearly a hot spot. The market is expected to reach $2.2 billion by 2012, from about $800 million now, according to JupiterResearch. Ultimately, it could surpass the traditional Web, now a $20 billion ad market. Read more…

Thank you Jack for sending this my way 🙂