Mass Databases Create Personal Surveillance Risks

I shared a post yesterday about a new effort to enable people to better secure their personal information. I think there is an obvious benefit to people having access to information about themselves: being able to record my weight, for example, has helped me to better manage it.

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Solid Pods to Improve Privacy & Control

This sounds like a promising idea to restore personal control of your data: The idea behind Solid is both simple and extraordinarily powerful. Your data lives in a pod that is controlled by you. Data generated by your things — your computer, your phone, your IoT whatever — is written to your pod. You authorize granular access to that pod to whoever you want for … Continue reading Solid Pods to Improve Privacy & Control

Improving Online Account Security: Instant Account Freezes

It is normal for online services to send you an emailed notification when certain things happen on your account. For example, when you check-in to a flight with British Airways, they send you an email notification of this. When I last changed my password on PayPal, I got the email notification below: Included in this email notification is a request for the user (in this … Continue reading Improving Online Account Security: Instant Account Freezes