Groklaw Goes Down for Privacy, Should You?

Groklaw Goes Down for Privacy, Should You?

Pamela Jones, editor of the ABA Journal’s top legal technology blog, Groklaw, abruptly ended the conversations with this post.   After 10 years of research, blogging and copy, Groklaw is no more. Pamela states that she’s concerned about privacy, and makes a very compelling argument as to why we all should be concerned. Pamela writes: I really…

L.E.P. is Lacking When We’re Talking Gmail

L.E.P. is Lacking When We’re Talking Gmail

Is anyone really surprised by this revelation via Facebook, via your Great Aunt Sue, via the family party group, via Huffington Post, via who knows where else, that Google’s arguing its Gmail users have no legitimate expectation of privacy? Not me (or even this one). The Background A bunch of consumers in California got together and…

Ditch Your Smartphone, Your Privacy is Exposed!

Ditch Your Smartphone, Your Privacy is Exposed!

Mrs. The Droid Lawyer and my office assistant were both shocked by a recent Facebook post that’s getting too much attention. Apparently, there’s a blog post on the internets exposing the truth of smartphones as privacy hacks. The post contains this investigative report from KHSB television in Kansas City: Yawn. I’ve already discussed privacy and…

Privacy Be Damned!

Privacy Be Damned!

Surprise! The NSA is, has been, and will continue, accessing telephone numbers of your known associates and classifying users as terrorists until you’re no longer guilty. I’m not very surprised that a secret court, authorized a secret government agency, to secretly surveille the personal records of its citizens. I’m just shocked that the order doesn’t…

Android App Review: Clueful

Android App Review: Clueful

Admit it: quite often sometimes you’ve installed an app without fully examining the permissions. No shame, we’ve all been there. If someone tells you they always check, and you believe them, you probably also believe this guy did not have sexual relations with this girl. I’m always curious about how public my private information is, so I…

If You’re Concerned About Privacy, Don’t Get a Smartphone

If You’re Concerned About Privacy, Don’t Get a Smartphone

Personal privacy is dead. Yes, the NSA, FBI, DOJ, and every other government acronym is reading your messages and tracking your movements. The concept sounds like a conspiracy theorist’s wet dream, but truth is in the recent revelations. Google, with its massive data centers, algorithms, and supercomputers, knows more about you than probably any company on the planet…

“All of Your Photos Belong to Us”

“All of Your Photos Belong to Us”

Instagram, the popular Facebook-owned photo editing/sharing app/site, is changing its terms of service and throwing users’ privacy out of the door. Now, we know that privacy, for all of its intents and purposes, is non-existent in today’s age of social-media sharing. So, my biggest complaint with Instagram’s new Terms of Service is that I can’t…

Android and Apple Apps Required to Have Privacy Policies

Android and Apple Apps Required to Have Privacy Policies

California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced an agreement between California DOJ, Apple, Google, Research In Motion, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft and Amazon, which will establish policies that require app-developers to have privacy policies in place for apps that collect personal information. The press release claims, “This agreement will allow consumers the opportunity to review an app’s privacy…