Recently we’ve received several ‘I Want to Buy Your House’ post cards in the mail. The post cards are presumably from flippers or real estate agents, and each card features a photo of our house. After receiving a few of these cards, I realized the senders were probably pulling the photos from Google Street View or a similar resource. I also learned you can ask Goo to blur your house from that view. I requested that this morning. Will the de facto controller of the Web oblige me as they’ve obliged pop culture celebrities and politicos? Continue reading “Will Google give me celeb treatment and blur my home from ‘Street View’?”
How dependent are you on Big Tech? If you’re like me, it’s an addiction. From online purchases to product reviews and news, we rely on our devices to purchase and to read. In the US, a handful of big tech companies dominate the tech sector, and most of us, without hesitation or skepticism, use one or more of their products or services. Who are these tech titans? Continue reading “Is it time to take a hard look at your relationship with Big Tech?”
I’ve long had concerns about privacy, sharing methods, and search histories on the Internet. While there have long been activists concerned about government spying, there are less concerns about Big Tech spying although in my opinion it’s widespread. Have you ever looked at the long URL that shows up in your browser if you follow a search result from a list returned by the biggest search engine on the Web?
Have you ever thought about data harvested when you ‘share’ an article via social media? If you haven’t thought about it, maybe you should. Continue reading “Confessions and concerns about privacy nix sharing icons at IAS”