Amazon Removes Books from Kindle, Exposing the True Concern: They're Watching, They're in Control

Amazon has remotely removed copies of George Orwell’s 1984 and Animal Farm from user’s Kindles while crediting their accounts, indicating that the books were improperly added to the Kindle store by a company that did not have the rights to them. For thousands of users, a book they thought they had properly purchased suddenly disappeared. This, unsurprisingly, caused considerable grief and consternation, arguing that...

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Quick links: Cellphone privacy

A couple of stories popped up on my radar this morning related to cellphone privacy: The New York Times has a story on advertisers increasingly collecting behavioral and locational data from consumers’ cellphone activities: “Advertisers Get a Trove of Clues in Smartphones”. The Berkman Center for Internet & Society recently hosted a talk by Albert Gidari, a partner at Perkins Coie, on the legal dimensions of...

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Sony Provides Complete Everquest 2 Server Logs to Researchers

One of my students pointed me to this post noting that Sony Online Entertainment has provided 4 years of server log data for their online game EverQuest 2 to researchers. From the Ars Technica story: With the cooperation of Sony, a collaborative group of academic researchers at a number of institutions have obtained the complete server logs from the company’s Everquest 2 MMORPG. …Dmitri Williams introduced the project and...

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"Is My Cellphone Spying on Me?" Eagle Eye DVD Commentary
Jan06

"Is My Cellphone Spying on Me?" Eagle Eye DVD Commentary

Following up, the DVD for the hit action/thriller movie “Eagle Eye” has been released. The second disc of the 2-disc special edition includes the commentary “Is My Cellphone Spying on Me?”, featuring reflections on technology and surveillance by the actors and producers of the film, Marc Rotenberg of the Electronic Privacy Information Clearinghouse, and myself. As I noted in the UW-M news story about the commentary: My...

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"Should we be scared?": Privacy & technology (WUWM "Lake Effect")

I recently taped an interview with Milwaukee’s public radio affiliate, WUWM, and it aired today. The topic was privacy and technology, focusing mostly on how to balance the speed and ubiquity of new technology, the conveniences they provide, and the strains they place on personal and informational privacy. You can listen to it here. Interestingly, I was asked a question I don’t often get: “Should we be scared?”...

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Commentary for the "Eagle Eye" DVD
Oct07

Commentary for the "Eagle Eye" DVD

UW-Milwaukee has issued a nice press release regarding my contribution to the DVD bonus material for the action/thriller movie “Eagle Eye,” which features sophisticated surveillance technologies as one of its plot devices. The closing paragraph pretty much sums up where we are on the project: At this point, with “Eagle Eye” flying high at the box office, Zimmer isn’t sure when the DVD will come out or how much of his interview will be...

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