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This is the third article in our series about trackers and internet privacy laws. Click here to start with the first article. here is no general U.S. law restricting the use of someone's personal information. There are some very good laws that prevent the release of certain kinds of data. For example, health care providers can’t disclose protected health care information without the patient's consent (1). But, it's generally not illegal for someone to use or disclose your personal information, especially once you voluntarily provide it; like to social networking sites. Europe is generally more pro-consumer; and is considering adopting some very strict data privacy laws.
There have been some articles about the legal and privacy implications surrounding trackers on popular websites, but few have discussed how much these little buggers slow down your browser.
A new generation of programs, called "trackers", are embedded in many of the web pages you probably visit all the time. The Facebook "Like" button appears to be one. These little-known programs can secretly gather information about you and your browsing history; store it somewhere else and do almost anything with it (at least in the US). Learn what these potentially malicious programs can legally do and how to stop them from harvesting your personal information.
Perhaps you're in a sector that's covered by federal email encryption mandates such as health care or finance, maybe you have statewide mandates to protect consumer data, or you recognize the inherent insecurities of email and want to increase your email security in order to protect your valuable trade secrets from prying eyes. In any case, the decision of which encrypted email service to choose can be a daunting one – one full of technical jargon, shortcuts, incompatibilities, and more.
With the recent disruption of some high profile websites on Amazon's EC2 platform (Reddit, Foursquare, and Moby to name a few), some naysayers are pointing to this as a weakness of cloud based services in general, rather than what it really is, simply a single provider having issues with specific services.
A few of us here at Greenview Data/SpamStopsHere decided that Matt in our support team needed a new office for April fools day. Since he enjoys playing Minecraft so much, why not make him a block cave for an office?
Bruce Schneier wrote an excellent summary the other day about the trend in Corporate IT to relax security standards in favor of convenience and flexibility when it comes to new consumer technology.