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What internet overlord Apple is doing with your personal data

Apple has issued some details on what information it passes on to governments (including Australia’s). Technology journalist Richard Chirgwin has some advice for you if you’re relying on Apple’s cloud. So put down that iPhone.

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Remember the NSA? Snooping is the real story

Everyone now has an easy-to-follow narrative chasing Edward Snowden around the world. But we’ve lost sight of the fundamental issues: the NSA’s vast surveillance program

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Aaron Swartz: a martyr for info-freedom fighters?

Aaron Swartz was a hacker in every sense of the word. His death — at just 26 — is a tragic loss for technology’s bright young things and raises questions about the fight for freedom of information on the internet.

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Users snap over Instagram, but should have seen it coming

The online world was abuzz with Instagram’s hardline terms of use changes. But users should know what they’re getting themselves in for when using social media platforms.

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Hey Facebook, we want to share, but this is ridiculous

Sharing is good. We teach our kids to share their toys and chocolate. But, Dear Mr. Zuckerberg, that does’t mean sharing everything with everybody automatically is really such a good idea.

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China Daily | LINKS|

Privacy issues on Facebook: it’s not all bad

While Facebook continues to attract condemnation for its contentious privacy policies, the social networking website may also be providing valuable lessons to young’uns about how to manage their online reputations, says Esther Dyson.

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Valleywag | LINKS|

Facebook’s new privacy controls: the good, the bad and the ugly

Facebook has caved in to public pressure and reworked its privacy controls. But are users actually gaining anything back, or just a false sense of security? Valleywag breaks it down.

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Washington Post | LINKS|

Facebook CEO: We stuffed up

Amidst the torrent of criticism raining down upon Facebook over its privacy policy, founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg pens a mea culpa in the Washington Post: “We just missed the mark.”

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Time | LINKS|

Why the end of privacy may not be so bad after all

Yes, the internet has killed privacy — at least as we know it — but a world with no secrets is a far more interesting place, says Steven Johnson.

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Openbook | LINKS|

Openbook: airing Facebook’s dirty laundry

Openbook is a new project that allows you to search Facebook’s publicly available user data to see all the skeletons in its 500 million online closets — including yours.

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Lifehacker | LINKS|

How to quit Facebook (without actually quitting Facebook)

So you want to ditch Facebook over their privacy policy and because all the cool kids are doing it — but you still want to see embarrassing pictures of your friends? Lifehacker explains how.

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Huffington Post | LINKS|

May 31 is “Quit Facebook Day”

Amidst growing concerns about Facebook’s privacy policy, more and more users are committing “Facebook Suicide” and deleting their accounts altogether. Now the movement has its own D-day: May 31.

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New York Times | LINKS|

Unravelling Facebook’s privacy tangle

The NYT charts Facebook’s “bewildering” array of privacy controls — 50 settings with over 170 different options. And you slack off on Facebook to avoid work…

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ReadWriteWeb | LINKS|

Everyone’s ditching Facebook

Tech expert and TV presenter Leo Laporte has become the latest in a string of high-profile nerds to quit Facebook, after getting fed up with what they see as the site’s ongoing erosion of users’ privacy.

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Matt McKeon | LINKS|

The (d)evolution of your privacy on Facebook

A simple but rather scary interactive infographic showing how the privacy of your personal data on Facebook has been eroded over the past five years.

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Wired | LINKS|

Facebook is effed. Let’s start again

Drunk” on power, Facebook has finally gone one step too far in breaching our privacy, says Ryan Singel. It’s time for the tech community to fight back with a viable, open alternative.

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LA Times | LINKS|

Silicon Valley’s secret police squad

When the Gizmodo editor’s house was raided recently over the leaked iPhone, it was done by a shadowy outfit called the Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team. So what is it, and who’s in charge?

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10 reasons to delete your Facebook account

Dan Yoder is deleting his Facebook account — and you should, too. Sure, Farmville is fun, but the company is unethical, incompetent, and doesn’t care about your privacy.

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CSO Online | ONLINE|

Spy on your kids like the pros

How do security professionals monitor their kids’ internet and mobile phone usage? Professionals explain how to totally destroy your teenager’s privacy and social life.

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PC World | ONLINE|

The tech industry’s dirty little secrets

PC World lists 21 things “they” don’t want you to know — and how to get around them: spying ISPs, the printer ink price scam, hacked pacemakers, what Google knows about you, and more.

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TechCrunch | ONLINE|

Arrington: Reputation is dead

Your reputation has been ruined, says Michael Arrington: yep, yours and everyone else on the internet. Twitter and Facebook have made it too difficult to keep those skeletons in your closet, so quit fighting it and embrace a future of anti-anonymity.

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CNET | UNITED STATES|

The FBI: In ur computer, readin ur history

The FBI is pressing US Internet Service Providers to track and record users’ internet browsing history, in what sounds like it would basically amount to mandatory wiretapping of almost every person in America.

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ReadWriteWeb | ONLINE|

The 3 privacy setting every Facebook user should change

Don’t let your boss, kids or Google-stalking former classmates see your drunken photos and Robert Patterson fan-page on Facebook. Follow this five-minute guide to keeping your private details just that.

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Lifehacker | ONLINE|

A how-to guide for living in countries with no internet privacy

Lifehacker has a great guide to staying safe and protected online while living, working and travelling in countries where privacy isn’t respected — say, oh I don’t know… China?

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Google: a goldmine for authoritarian governments

The recent hacking attack on Google in China is proof of what privacy activists have been worrying about for years: that Google has created a “honey pot” of information, bound to attract the interests of authoritarian governments.

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