This is a significant sign of progress: The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) is working with Facebook on consumer privacy education. We're still only in the first half of this decade, and in the second half of the last one, the state attorneys general were threatening legal action against a social media service – MySpace, the most popular one of that time. Now NAAG is actually … [Read more...] about Law enforcement & social media now working together
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It'd be an exaggeration to say that tech companies are falling over themselves to protect our privacy, but you might say that it's becoming a "social norm" for US businesses. At least, that's what the New York Times reports, and that must be at least a sign that it's true because it's far from normative for newspapers to report good news. As evidence, the Times cites a Microsoft executive saying … [Read more...] about Companies competing to protect our privacy?
Doesn't it just make sense? That government programs aimed at educating youth actually consult youth about what works for them? The Australian federal government is doing just that in what I hope becomes a model for other governments. "The Youth Advisory Group (YAG) on Cybersafety program for 2013 has been launched [this week] with the first online discussion forum taking place with primary school … [Read more...] about Australian government gets digital advice from kids
The overall message from the Federal Trade Commission to mobile app developers has moved from guidance to what I'd call guidance+. The guidance appears to be growing teeth. The commission, which enforces COPPA (the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act), reached a settlement with Path, a social network site and mobile app that agreed to pay an $800,000 penalty in response to the FTC's charges … [Read more...] about FTC on mobile privacy: Now offering ‘guidance-plus’
Ron and I went to see Lincoln on Inauguration Day. I finally got to reflect on it on my bike ride before the long trip to that wintry other coast for EduCon (which is also about forward movement). How fitting it felt to my husband and me to watch Lincoln, a film about "that other tall, skinny lawyer from Illinois," after an inaugural ceremony that was all about diversity, unity, and the power of … [Read more...] about About 2 Presidents, an inauguration & youth rights