April 19, 2008

gmail is (still) too creepy!

Filed under: privacy — admin @ 5:30 pm

Besides our standard link to gmail users, we just found some another intersting page about gmail violating privacy: Gmail Privacy Page

It’s a FAQ driven by the electronic privacy information center. Opposite to the “Gmail is too creepy”-Page it looks like a more reliable source and therefor the best “don’t use gmail”-page we have seen yet. (All informations on the “Gmail is too creepy”-Page are correct, however they drive a more populistic way, which might discourage some people to read-on.)

So have a look at the FAQ, make your thoughts, don’t use gmail and don’t mail to gmail if you care about privacy. it’s just so simple. 😉

Or at least attach these two links to any mail going to a gmail address.

April 4, 2008

Another example of data retention and some thought to prevent it

Filed under: data retention,free software,law,privacy — admin @ 2:57 pm

Anarchogeek has an example about problems with data retention from a a friend which is providing a service called TxtMob. This friend “has been subpoenaed by the new york police department demanding the records of everybody using the service during the RNC protests in 2004.” What is good is that the software wasn’t collecting any data, which isn’t really needed, from the beginning on, and even really deletes any data if you’re deleting you’re account. This is really cool and exemplary, as we have pointed out earlier: On most Social Networking plattforms it’s quite hard to even delete your account!

So the post pointed out also some other stuff:

  • Due to the high amount of collected connection information and this amount of data, it’s quite hard for investigations to get out the right informations. Therefor they want the data directly from the source. (As happened in this case)
  • As if there is no data they can’t get, they simply won’t get any data.
  • Free Software is the final goal to provide service possibilities on a complete anonymous basis. If they’re not yet capable of anonymous access, you can simply improve it to do it.
  • There are a bunch of people and collectives out working on cool projects with the idea of giving anonymous and secure access to several services and protecting your privacy. So do we or at least try to do it. 😉

So help to work on secure and anonymous services, protect the privacy of you’re users and simply don’t collect any informations you won’t neeed!

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