Posts Tagged ‘sharing’

Related News: LG smart TV snooping extends to home networks, second blogger says

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. Ars Technica published an article titled LG smart TV snooping extends to home networks, second blogger says.

It’s not the premise of a sci-fi novel. Internet-connected TVs are watching you now.

A second blogger has published evidence that his LG-manufactured smart television is sharing sensitive user data with the Korea-based company in a post that offers support for the theory that the snooping isn’t isolated behavior that affects a small number of sets.

In addition to transmitting a list of shows being watched and the names of files contained on USB drives, the Internet-connected TV also sent the names of files shared on home or office networks, the blogger reported. He made the discovery after plugging the Wireshark packet-sniffing program into his home network and noticing that an LG TV—model number 42ls570, purchased in April—was transmitting file names that sounded vaguely familiar even though there was no USB drive plugged in.

Source: Ars Technica

Related News: New video law lets you share your Netflix viewing on Facebook

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. CNN Money published an article titled New video law lets you share your Netflix viewing on Facebook.

Netflix is now free to create a U.S. Facebook app that shares users’ viewing history if they opt in, after the company successfully lobbied Congress to amend a 1988 law.

A Netflix spokesman said the company “will launch social features in the U.S.” sometime in 2013. The law in question, called the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA), previously prohibited “a video tape service provider” from revealing customer information without the customer’s written consent.

Source: CNN Money

Related News: Facebook Privacy: 5 Most Ignored Mistakes

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. InformationWeek published an article titled Facebook Privacy: 5 Most Ignored Mistakes.

Facebook no longer represents that it offers privacy as a matter of policy, like some other companies do. It states outright that it will use your data. It has a Data Use Policy instead of a Privacy Policy.

But consider the dictionary definition of privacy: 1) The state or condition of being free from being observed or disturbed by other people; 2) The state of being free from public attention. If that’s your gold standard, then you cannot use Facebook or any other online service for that matter, at least not without privacy-protecting technology. Once you venture online, once you share, you’re talking about something less than privacy. Online services may talk about how they respect privacy, but they should really be talking about data usage and sharing.

Source: InformationWeek

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