It’s Monday, December 17, 2018 in Austin, Texas
Group Files Complaint With FTC Against Facebook
The New York Times blog reports on a recent complaint filed with the FTC over recent Facebook Changes:
In a complaint filed with the Federal Trade Commission on Thursday, a privacy organization is charging that Facebook’s recent changes to its privacy policies constitute “unfair and deceptive trade practices.”
The Electronic Privacy Information Center, or E.P.I.C., says that Facebook’s recent changes “violate user expectations, diminish user privacy, and contradict Facebook’s own representations.”
Facebook user’s photo, gender, geographic region, the pages they are a fan of and their lists of friends are now open to the entire Web public, and also now searchable via Google.
The complaint alleges that a person’s list of friends constitutes highly sensitive information. It can, for example, reveal a person’s sexual preference, or expose their loved ones to persecution by hostile governments, the complaint says.
Now while I agree with the above criticism on the privacy concerns relating to the publication of friend lists, I'm even MORE concerned with the publication of pages that you are a "fan" of -- this information obviously can communicate personal preferences, likes, dislikes, political affiliations, etc. -- While you might want to share this information with your close friends, you might not want to share this information with the world at large. Any potential employer could "Google" your name and easily find out your political preferences. What if they disagree with those preferences and decide that they don't want to hire you?
Currently Facebook does not give users the ability to turn off publication of this information to the public. I recommend not becoming a "fan" of anything you wouldn't want the entire world to know about.
big breakthrough in color research
Scientists have discovered the favorite Viking colors and now you can use them in your website!
be prepared - choose wisely
Here are some helpful hints and direction on the skills and knowledge your web designer should have.
save as many as you can!
With Austin making headlines and ending up on virtually every "Top 10 Best City for..." lists -- we now have about 150 people moving here daily!! We figured we should warn potential new residents of the hidden dangers of moving to Austin.
How I discovered my ancestor Pocahontas and her Sullivan family descendants of Northern Virginia using the web - a genealogy posting by Bob Atchison.
As you have probably read it has been extensively reported that Golden Gate Killer was found using data from GEDmatch. It's an amazing story.
Hummingbird Farms, the famous maker of body lotions seen on QVC , upgrades website with huge new product images, which increases sales
Here are some images showing my favorite semi-precious stone animals with jeweled eyes from my collection and stories of the stones and where they come from.
When users install or upgrade to Windows 10, "display scaling" may be turned on "by default" to either 125% or 150% resulting in blurriness when viewing websites or applications on certain monitors.
Bob Atchison's guide to find rare, antique and cabbagey roses to order online. Here you'll find the best sources with roses I especially love and recommend for your garden.
If you are a realtor or real estate broker, you need a website to advertise your business and attract new clients. Get clients to stay on your website by providing access to Multiple Listing Service (MLS) real estate listings.
Is Scotty Bowers, the famous Hollywood pimp telling the truth about Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn being gay? Here's a confirming story...
The unspoken fear all web designers dread - you've been asked to use cursive fonts! There is no escape... yes, it has happened to me, Bob Atchison, many times and I have the battle scars to prove it. Here are some cursive fonts I actually like.