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Attempting to to keep your name and address off the internet – not easy

Cory Doctorow – Boing Boing – A tip on how to keep your name and address off the internet. “There are dozens of free “peoplefinder” sites that buy up commercial databases and combine them with other sources to make your home address searchable. You can find instances where this has happened to you by googling your name and home address, and then you can google the removal forms for each of the services and get yourself delisted. But your name will keep getting re-added: if you set a Google Alert for a search on your name and address, you’ll get a message every time you get caught in these databases and you can remove your name again. This won’t work on the for-pay background check sites that Google doesn’t index, but it will keep your name and address clear of low-level [people] who stick with free sites for their doxing activities.”

See also DeleteMe.com

Ethical ‘Fails’: Social Media Pitfalls and In-House Counsel

Law.com: “It’s an incredibly wired world we live in. Over 82% of the adult American population has at least one social networking profile, and in a single minute we’ll witness 293,000 status updates posted to Facebook, more than 360,000 tweets on Twitter, and roughly 400 hours of video uploaded to YouTube. And while lawyers have… Continue Reading

I Tried Hiding From Silicon Valley in a Pile of Privacy Gadgets

Bloomberg Businessweek – Joel Stein – Avoiding digital snoops takes more than throwing money at the problem, but that part can be really fun – “…It isn’t going to be easy. I use Google, Facebook, Amazon, Lyft, Uber, Netflix, Hulu, and Spotify. I have two Amazon Echos, a Google Home, an iPhone, a MacBook Air,… Continue Reading

Instagram’s lax privacy practices let trusted partner track millions of users’ physical locations, secretly save their stories, flout its rules

Business Insider – A buzzy San Francisco startup has been secretly saving what appears to be millions of Instagram users’ stories and tracking their locations. The marketing firm Hyp3r has been scraping huge quantities of data off the Facebook-owned app and using it to build up detailed profiles of people’s movements and interests. The situation… Continue Reading

Legal Shield for Websites Rattles Under Onslaught of Hate Speech

The New York Times – “When the most consequential law governing speech on the internet was created in 1996, Google.com didn’t exist and Mark Zuckerberg was 11 years old. The federal law, Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, has helped Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and countless other internet companies flourish. But Section 230’s liability protection… Continue Reading

New on LLRX for July 2019

The are 5 new articles and 4 new columns on LLRX for July 2019 Healthcare Bots and Subject Directories 2019 – Marcus Zillman’s guide focuses on a wide range of selected resources from health sciences, technology, academic, government and genetic research sectors, identifying traditional, complimentary and alternative sources to execute expert healthcare related subject matter… Continue Reading

Twitter users are escaping online hate by switching profiles to Germany, where Nazism is illegal

CNBC: “Seeking to shield themselves from online hatred, some Twitter users say they’ve switched their account locations to Germany where local laws prevent pro-Nazi content. While German laws make it harder for explicitly hateful content to remain online, local researchers say it is not a hate-free internet utopia. Germany has imposed stricter laws on social… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues August 4, 2019

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues August 4, 2019 – Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the… Continue Reading

Concerns About Online Data Privacy Span Generations

Internet Innovation Alliance – Are Millennials okay with the collection and use of their data online because they grew up with the internet? “In an effort to help inform policymakers about the views of Americans across generations on internet privacy, the Internet Innovation Alliance, in partnership with Icon Talks, the Hispanic Technology & Telecommunications Partnership (HTTP), and… Continue Reading

Op-Ed: How data privacy laws could make the criminal justice system even more unfair

LA Times – “A cluster of new and proposed state and federal laws will soon make it harder for people accused of crimes to defend themselves. All of these laws are well-intended — to protect privacy by shielding sensitive personal information — but they suffer from a fundamental unfairness that needs correction. These laws tilt… Continue Reading

Skip Cash for Equifax Breach and Get Credit Monitoring, F.T.C. Tells Victims

Follow up to previous postings –Equifax data breach settlement: How to file a claim for $125 or free credit reporting and Proving you deserve $20,000 from the Equifax settlement will be nearly impossible – today via The New York Times: “Overwhelmed by requests from consumers seeking compensation related to the giant 2017 data breach at… Continue Reading