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Date: Sun, 8 Sep 2013 01:18:16 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Americans Go to Great Lengths to Mask Web Travels, Survey Finds Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Americans Go to Great Lengths to Mask Web Travels, Survey Finds By SOMINI SENGUPTA SEPTEMBER 5, 2013 Most Americans say they believe the law is inadequate in protecting their privacy online. The e-mail or social media accounts of one in five have been broken into. And most American consumers take great efforts to mask their identities online. These findings are part of a survey by the Pew Internet Center that was released Thursday. They come amid a cascade of widely publicized revelations about the depth of United States government surveillance on the electronic communications of its citizens. And they challenge the conventional wisdom advanced in support of both commercial tracking and official monitoring of Web services: "If you've got nothing to hide, you've got nothing to fear." Apparently, most Americans do have something to hide - at least from complete strangers trying to profit from knowing what they do online. The Pew survey found that 86 percent of Americans were trying to scrub their digital footprints by doing a variety of things, like clearing browsing histories, deleting certain social media posts, using virtual networks to conceal their Internet Protocol addresses, and even, for a few, using encryption tools. ... http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/09/05/americans-go-to-great-lengths-to-mask-their-web-travels-survey-finds/ Anonymity, Privacy, and Security Online by Lee Rainie, Sara Kiesler, Ruogu Kang, Mary Madden Sep 5, 2013 Pew Research Center's Internet Project 86% of adult internet users have taken steps from time to time to avoid surveillance by other people or organizations when they were using the internet. Despite their precautions, 21% of online adults have had an email or social media account hijacked and 11% have had vital information like Social Security numbers, bank account data, or credit cards stolen-and growing numbers worry about the amount of personal information about them that is available online. http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2013/Anonymity-online.aspx http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2013/Anonymity-online/Summary-of-Findings.aspx http://pewinternet.org/~/media/ /Files/Reports/2013/PIP_AnonymityOnline_090513.pdf
Date: Sat, 7 Sep 2013 16:10:01 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Acxiom Lets Consumers See Data It Collects Message-ID: <email@example.com> Acxiom Lets Consumers See Data It Collects By NATASHA SINGER September 4, 2013 Aboutthedata.com, a Web site introduced on Wednesday by a leading marketing technology firm called the Acxiom Corporation, is offering individual consumers a glimpse of some of the details the company has collected about them. Visitors who log in to the site may review many seemingly innocuous facts, such as whether someone in their household owns a dog or a cat, or is interested in jogging or biking. Aboutthedata.com delivers a soothing message about Acxiom, a data broker that collects, stores, analyzes and sells billions of pieces of information about consumers with the aim of helping corporate clients like banks, insurers and retailers aim marketing pitches at specific audience segments. "We have come to expect companies will make their interactions with us personal," the site says. "We no longer want to receive mass marketing - getting bombarded with ads that have no relevancy to our lives." Yet critics say the new consumer site omits so many details about Acxiom's data-gathering and analysis practices that it sanitizes the data mining behind data-driven marketing. Aboutthedata.com, at least in its initial incarnation, leaves out many data elements that Acxiom markets to its corporate clients - intimate details like whether a person is a "potential inheritor" or an "adult with senior parent," or whether a household has a "diabetic focus" or "senior needs." Without a more complete picture of industry practices, privacy advocates say, consumers cannot make informed decisions about whether to share personal information with companies. ... http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/05/technology/acxiom-lets-consumers-see-data-it-collects.html Daily Report: Acxiom Draws Aside (a Bit) the Veil of Data Gathering By THE NEW YORK TIMES SEPTEMBER 5, 2013 Aboutthedata.com, a Web site introduced on Wednesday by a leading marketing technology firm called the Acxiom Corporation, is offering individual consumers a glimpse of some of the details the company has collected about them, Natasha Singer reports. Visitors who log in to the site may review many seemingly innocuous facts, such as whether someone in their household owns a dog or a cat, or is interested in jogging or biking. Aboutthedata.com delivers a soothing message about Acxiom, a data broker that collects, stores, analyzes and sells billions of pieces of information about consumers with the aim of helping corporate clients like banks, insurers and retailers aim marketing pitches at specific audience segments. ... http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/09/05/daily-report-acxiom-draws-aside-a-bit-the-veil-of-data-gathering/
Date: Sat, 7 Sep 2013 14:59:21 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: A Bloody Ballmer and Stalled Discussions on the Long Road to a Nokia Deal Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> A Bloody Ballmer and Stalled Discussions on the Long Road to a Nokia Deal By NICK WINGFIELD SEPTEMBER 4, 2013 SEATTLE - "We are on different planets." That was the response of Risto Siilasmaa, the chairman of Nokia's board of directors to Steven A. Ballmer, Microsoft's chief executive, after a team from Microsoft presented an acquisition proposal to Nokia in late April. The morning presentation, led by Mr. Ballmer, took place at the offices of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in New York City. After Microsoft's pitch, which took about 45 minutes, Nokia's side huddled in another conference room to consider the proposal. They weren't satisfied. The price Microsoft was offering for Nokia was a major sticking point, but there were many other ways in which Nokia and Microsoft weren't seeing eye-to-eye, including who would retain ownership of Nokia's mapping service. So went one of several pivotal meetings in Microsoft's long, on-and-off courtship of Nokia, which finally ended this week with the software giant's $7.2 billion agreement to purchase the Finnish company's mobile phone and services business. The following account is drawn from people with intimate knowledge of the negotiations, who declined to be identified because the discussions were confidential. ... http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/09/04/the-long-road-to-nokia-deal-a-bloody-ballmer-stalled-discussions/
Date: Sat, 7 Sep 2013 16:04:09 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: What Exactly Are the NSA's 'Groundbreaking Cryptanalytic Capabilities'? Message-ID: <email@example.com> What Exactly Are the NSA's 'Groundbreaking Cryptanalytic Capabilities'? BY BRUCE SCHNEIER 09.04.13 The latest Snowden document is the US intelligence "black budget." There's a lot of information in the few pages the Washington Post decided to publish, including an introduction by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. In it, he drops a tantalizing hint: "Also, we are investing in groundbreaking cryptanalytic capabilities to defeat adversarial cryptography and exploit internet traffic." Honestly, I'm skeptical. Whatever the NSA has up its top-secret sleeves, the mathematics of cryptography will still be the most secure part of any encryption system. I worry a lot more about poorly designed cryptographic products, software bugs, bad passwords, companies that collaborate with the NSA to leak all or part of the keys, and insecure computers and networks. Those are where the real vulnerabilities are, and where the NSA spends the bulk of its efforts. ... http://www.wired.com/opinion/2013/09/black-budget-what-exactly-are-the-nsas-cryptanalytic-capabilities/
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