Spying As a "Lifestyle Choice"
- “The Plot to Hijack Your Computer” in Business Week lays out some of the history of “Direct Revenue,” a spyware company whose products are so beloved of their customers that DR receives regular death threats.
- Cryptome presents an except from a complaint in a lawsuit against AT&T, claiming that “NSA/AT&T Spying Began 8 Months beofre 9/11.”
- The BBC reports on an experiment that “Big Brother eyes ‘boost honesty’.” (So does chopping off the hands of thieves; that doesn’t make it right.) Also, this reminds me of the chapter in Freakonomics about the bagel guy. I wonder if the team controlled for the weather and season, and whatever other factors were in there?
- Kip Esquire reports on the Department of Education’s relentless attempts to create a national permanent record for students in “Student Database Plan Still Won’t Die.”
- Slashdot has a story, “Patriot Act Bypasses Facebook Privacy.” What you get for trusting privacy policies. I say lie to them all, especially MySpace.
- Helen Nissenbaum has a new article “Privacy as Contextual Integrity.” (via Bruce Schneier.)