Privacy is Dead: Now Where’s My Inheritance – Part 3

As an American, when I picture the beginnings of civilization, I don’t picture Neanderthals huddling together in caves.  I picture the pilgrims landing on foreign soil, building log cabins to sustain themselves against the winter.  With the hope of a new frontier to explore. It strikes me that we are in the same position when […]

Privacy is Dead: Now Where’s My Inheritance – Part 2

In Part 1 of my Post, Privacy is Dead, I estimated that giving up Privacy in exchange for a number of benefits could be worth as much as $10,000 per year to an individual.  While this isn’t pocket change for most of us, for someone making minimum wage, this might represent 6 months of work.  […]

Privacy is Dead: Now where’s my Inheritance – Part 1

Privacy is Dead. It’s not the first time you’ve heard this, surely.  A private investigator, Sam Rambam was quoted as saying “Privacy is Dead – Get Over it” in 2006.  In 2012, Huffing Post contributor Miles Feldman posed the question “Is Privacy Dead?” If it is, then we’ve been collecting our inheritance without knowing it […]

Instagram Apocalypse 2013

Everyone knows that the Mayans may or may not have predicted that the world will end on December 21, 2012.  Experts are now saying that there is another major calamity awaiting right around the corner for those of us who survive on January 16, 2013.  That’s when Instagram’s new privacy policy will take effect. There […]

Say goodbye to the Video Privacy Protection Act

If someone posted a video of me having sex on the internet, which admittedly wouldn’t be very popular, I would sue them. Most likely I wouldn’t become very rich and very famous. Not like Paris Hilton or Kim Kardashian. Lawsuits for violations of privacy like this have made millions. Privacy lawsuits aren’t just limited to […]

Why don’t Americans care about Privacy?

In my post from earlier this year, I commented on how Senator Leahy re-introduced his Personal Data Privacy Act…the same bill he has been submitted every year for the last 5 years. 5 months after the re-introduction of the bill this year, there is still no GOP support for Leahy’s Privacy bill. By my count […]

What has Al Franken done for me lately, Part 2

Last week, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation held a hearing on Privacy and Information Security. Senator Rockefeller made a point of emphasizing his committee’s jurisdiction over privacy and data security issues. I think this statement alone shows a rift in the Senate’s perspective on Information Security in light of the newly formed […]

“Do-not-track Online Act of 2011”

This month, Senate Commerce Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) introduced the “Do-not-track Online Act of 2011”. Some interesting highlights from the proposed bill: there would be a fine of up to $16,000 per day that you are in violation with a maximum of $15,000,000 in civil damages available for all civil actions under the bill.The $16,000 […]