Both users of bMail and the campus itself have never received a clear answer to a simple question: Is Google subjecting data in Google Apps for Education to data analysis or mining for purposes unnecessary for technical rendition of service?
A recently-filed lawsuit suggests that Google is indeed applying analysis to … More >
Many campuses have decided to outsource email and other services to “cloud” providers. Berkeley has joined in by migrating student and faculty to bMail, operated by Google. In doing so, it has raised some anxiety about privacy and autonomy in communications. In this post, I outline some advantages of our … More >
For twenty years now, the Song-Beverly Credit-Card Act has been quietly protecting Californians’ personal information — including home address and telephone numbers — from retailers who want to collect and store it for their own use. Last week the California Supreme Court, in a divided ruling (Apple v. Superior Court … More >
The California Supreme Court held today in Pineda v. Williams Sonoma that a zip code is personal information, meaning that California retailers who ask for it when you pay with a credit card violate the State’s Song-Beverly Act of 1971. That law prohibits retailers from:
Request[ing]…the cardholder to write any … More >
The Journal recently reported that popular social networking site Ning is ending their free account services. Rumors are circulating that major newspapers, including the New York Times, are going to erect a pay-wall. These developments have not deterred the “free” evangelists.
For instance, in Chris Anderson’s provocative new book, … More >
If you’ve ever wrestled with Guy Debord’s Society of the Spectacle, there is good news for you: MTV and VH1’s market research group has produced a cheat sheet. It describes “Gen Mix,” a group of young people who have confused products with personality and exist to buy stuff from … More >