links - on the web
“We do nothing wrong when we make love or go to the bathroom. We are not deliberately hiding anything when we seek out private places for reflection or conversation. We keep private journals, sing in the privacy of the shower, and write letters to secret lovers and then burn them. Privacy is a basic human need.”
— Bruce Schneier
Privacy is like air or water — we need it to live, but it's just there — we don't think about it ... until it's gone.
“If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place.”
— Eric Schmidt,
Really, Mr Schmidt? If that's how Google thinks — why should i trust them?
Facebook Privacy Guide
"everything you could ever want to know about locking down your privacy on Facebook, and a few things you probably didn't even know you wanted to know." It's a little old, but the principles are still good.
: November 2010
How to block Facebook's "Like" button and other social widgets
Facebook, Twitter, and Google are informed each time a user visits a webpage that contains one of their buttons. Here's how to block them from following you around the web.
: 20 May 2011
How-tos at TibetAction.net
How-tos in English and Tibetan, PDFs, posters, videos.
Stay Safe Online - How tos
“The Internet is a powerful and useful tool, but in the same way that you shouldn't drive without buckling your seat belt or ride a bike without a helmet, you shouldn't venture online without taking some basic precautions. ”
Stop them tracking you
Suggestions for browser plugins, safe search, and more
privacy - there is none on the web
Cocoon's 2011 List of the Top 10 Internet Privacy Threats
2nd-highest threat: Facebook. Top threat to your privacy (and security): YOU.
Google can't track every single click of your web surfing. Only most of them.
"The probability of providing data to Google when visiting 5 random websites, without actively using any Google service, is 99.35%"
: February 2012
How Online Tracking Companies Know Most of What You Do Online (and What Social Networks Are Doing to Help Them)
: September 2009
How the "Like" button follows you on the web
These "social widgets" notify Facebook, Twitter, etc, that you have visited a website even if you don't click on them.
: 18 May 2011
Identity Wars: Google & Yahoo! Bow to Facebook & Twitter
"Identity is a very important matter online, particularly as everything becomes more social. Online identity is your address book, it's your wallet, it's your reputation and it could become a lot more. Increasingly, you take that Identity from site to site, leveraging on the next site what you did on the last one."
: December 2009
If your browser isn't open source, don't trust it.
Government spy code could be anywhere. Mozilla Firefox is 100 per cent open source.
Brendan Eich, Mozilla CTO
: 14 January 2014
Privacy in the Age of Persistence
"Welcome to the future, where everything about you is saved. A future where your actions are recorded, your movements are tracked, and your conversations are no longer ephemeral. A future brought to you not by some 1984-like dystopia, but by the natural tendencies of computers to produce data. ..."
Welcome to the out-of-control decade
"WE have seen the future, and it doesn't belong to you." Computing in "The Cloud", Google, privacy, accountability, ...
: 31 December 2009
Widgetjacking: Why more social widgets mean less secure Wi-Fi
"Eavesdropping on wireless traffic is probably the biggest security threat to most web users. " ... through it, "your accounts on Facebook, Google, et cetera can be hijacked through social widgets even without you going to these sites." With video.
: 20 November 2012
privacy - what is it
Essays and Op Eds on Privacy
Many essays on privacy and It, computers, government.
Discussion of concepts of privacy; links.
Privacy - discussion
"The term 'privacy' is used frequently in ordinary language as well as in philosophical, political and legal discussions, yet there is no single definition or analysis or meaning of the term. The concept of privacy has broad historical roots in sociological and anthropological discussions ..."
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
The Eternal Value of Privacy
"The most common retort against privacy advocates -- by those in favor of ID checks, cameras, databases, data mining and other wholesale surveillance measures -- is this line: "If you aren't doing anything wrong, what do you have to hide?" ...
Your Rights Online - Slashdot
Articles and discussion
Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)
"EFF is the leading civil liberties group defending your rights in the digital world."
Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)
Information and issues.
Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
Non-profit consumer information and advocacy organisation
"Privacy is a right, not a preference."
what is the responsibility of the web developer and owner
what is the responsibility of the web user
More security info on this site