Location, location, location

Do you know how your location information is used?  A recent survey commissioned by security company, Webroot, asked 1,645 social network users in the U.S. and UK who own location-enabled mobile devices about their use of location-based tools and services.  The survey found that 39 percent of respondents reported using geo-location on their mobile devices and more than half (55 percent) of those users are worried about their loss of privacy. 

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2010 Consumer Privacy Consultations – Montreal is all a-twitter!

Over the course of the year, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada is hosting consultations with Canadians on issues that pose a serious challenge to privacy. In an attempt to learn more about the privacy implications of new industries, the focus of the consultations has been on online tracking, profiling and targeting of consumers, and the increasing prevalence of cloud computing.

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Locational services and cool data visualizations

Earlier this month, a rich subset of social media users and technology evangelists descended upon Austin, Texas for the annual SxSW interactive conference. Some see SxSW (South by SouthWest) as an early indicator of developing technology trends. Twitter, the popular microblogging service, broke out as a popular consumer application at the conference two years ago.

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Love is in the air, and on the Net

It’s that time of year again: greeting card stores are decked out in pink, red and white, candy hearts are on sale at the end of every grocery store aisle, roses fly off the shelves by the dozen, and Cupid is a-hunting. Jewelry stores proclaim the only way to “show your love for her” is with a diamond, and teddy bears holding hearts and flowers have taken over gift shops.

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