Articles about "privacy"

New Yorker introduces Aaron Swartz-developed privacy tool Strongbox

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The New Yorker on Tuesday introduced its new, anonymous electronic tip tool Strongbox, coincidentally on the heels of renewed concerns over privacy for journalists' sources following revelations of Department of Justice surveillance of AP staffers (which The Washington Post's Timothy B. Lee notes is "likely perfectly legal")

The Strongbox site ostensibly allows people to submit letters, documents, emails or any other files to the New Yorker anonymously. It was developed in conjunction with Wired investigations editor Kevin Poulsen and the late Web activist and developer Aaron Swartz, who hanged himself in January after facing charges of wire fraud and computer fraud. Poulsen, whose publication also is owned by New Yorker parent Conde Nast, wrote about Swartz's involvement, and why Strongbox was a necessity.

There’s a growing technology gap: phone records, e-mail, computer forensics, and outright hacking are valuable weapons for anyone looking to identify a journalist’s source. With some exceptions, the press has done little to keep pace: our information-security efforts tend to gravitate toward the parts of our infrastructure that accept credit cards.

Can a Twitter user really prohibit you from republishing tweets?

Tim Cushing explains what happened when Teri Buhl, an "investigative journalist covering finance/Wall Street," declared in her Twitter bio that "No tweets are publishable."

A couple people who noticed the disclaimer questioned it. One of them, criminal defense lawyer Mark Bennett, received bullying emails from Teri Buhl that asked "Do you carry libel insurance?" and "Do you have outside counsel, or do you represent yourself?"

The story gets longer and weirder. But the underlying issue is fascinating: Is Buhl's claim to privacy of public tweets as absurd as it sounds? (more...)

With ‘frictionless sharing,’ Facebook and news orgs push boundaries of online privacy

Facebook again may have gone too far in its quest to make privacy obsolete, and this time some news organizations could get burned by going along with it.

Facebook spent years making it easier for us to share by building … Read more

9 Comments begins tracking personal user information without consent | Dan Gillmor
The Wall Street Journal has revised the privacy policy for to permit the site to connect a user's Web browsing data with personally identifiable information without consent. Previously, the policy stated that it would ask for users' permission before doing so. The Journal's own Digits blog reports that the change will enable more personalized information and services. Dan Gillmor calls it "a crappy and hypocritical move" in light of the Journal's extensive reporting on online privacy invasions. "Remember: I and other Journal readers are paying real money to use that site. We are not getting something for free in return for handing over some personal information. The Journal is just greedy." Alan Murray, executive editor for online at the Journal, tweets that Gillmor's take is "a bit overwrought. We are not sharing your data with anyone. Our commitment to privacy is evident in how we did Facebook app."
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How to lessen social media security risks from third-party apps

How much time has gone by since you joined Twitter? How about Facebook?

According to, my Twitter birthday is April 26, 2008. Since that day, I’ve sent out more than 9,600 tweets and gained over 1,700 followers. I’ve … Read more


Danny Sullivan: ‘Facebook Connect freaks me out’

Danny Sullivan’s Daggle blog

After recently signing into Groupon, Search Engine Land Editor-in-Chief Danny Sullivan wondered why the site wanted access to a variety of personal information: a list of his friends, his recent check-ins, his date of birth and … Read more

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