Internet Giants Have Great Power• Google• Facebook• Apple• Yahoo!• Twitter
Privacy PoliciesGo LargelyUnnoticed • Users very rarely read any of the dozen+ pages of a company’s internet legal-speak • As a consequence, Facebook has faced broad accusations of selling its users data to advertisers
Facebook’sIncreasedScrutiny The archive Facebook published in 2010 gave users a copy of their photos, posts, messages, list of friends, and chat conversations New version includes previous user names, friend requests and the IP addresses of the computers that users have logged in from The increased transparency coincides with Facebook’s transition from a private to a public company in the stock market More categories of information will be made available in the future, according to Facebook officials
Terms & Conditions – Wait What? Employers have begun asking for current and potential workers to share sensitive Facebook info Did you know it’s against Facebook’s terms and conditions to do that? Compare country’s standards – in New Zealand, employees asked to share their passwords have potential legal claims under their Human Rights Act or Privacy Act They can also make a public appeal to an Employment Relations Authority, a Privacy Commissioner or a Human Rights Commissioner that their privacy has been breached The US is severely behind when it comes to internet privacy Readability has become a priority
The Mystery Behind a Google Search Through AdSense and AdMob, Google in fact does prioritize sponsor-based search results However, unlike Facebook, Google has taken major steps early on to fight the appearance of corruption Google clearly marks its sponsor-based results Those results can also be blocked using browser extensions such as AdBlock Plus or by opting out through Google’s settings The main way that Google serves advertisers is letting them know through tracking files, called cookies, if users click on their results
Google Goes Global - Literally Google’s Street View is widely mocked on the web for its unfortunate satellite captures of streets Anyone who searches “street view fail” will get lists of dozens of inappropriate acts that Google captured Witness protection, stalking, and private business practices could be compromised by accidental Google satellite capture Internet ethics is a relatively new concept, but Google is among the public’s main targets From 2007 to 2010, Google worked on Street View, using local WiFi to help Unfortunately, they also picked up millions of text messages, passwords, and Internet histories this way Just 6 days ago, the company got fined $25,000 by the FCC for this breach of privacy
Defining the Line Between…Sharing & Breach of Privacy Birthday Birthday Address Address Family names Family names Products bought Products bought Place of birth Place of birth Age Age TV shows watched TV shows watched Games played Games played Movies seen Movies seen Phone number Phone number Email Email
Protecting PrivacyStop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) Self-regulation Would have granted enormous Doesn’t work terribly well (see unchecked power to the Google fine) entertainment and music Has no viable alternatives industries Companies still comply with Entire sites could have been federal laws (for the most part) blanket-censored Transparency sells Hard evidence was not needed Allows for free market growth for a copyright claim Would only affect pirating sites with .com registrations
Monopolization of Data• With corruption this hard to track, it becomes more and more troubling that companies are consolidating power• Google bought YouTube• Facebook just bought photo- sharing site Instagram• This is normal free market capitalism – but is it okay?
The Future of PrivacyGoogle – Project Glass Facebook – Timeline
Unmanned Drones Probably worse than Timeline. Just saying.