FBI shows off huge, multi-source linked database

The Washington Post reports on the FBI's new counterterrorism database to help the war on terror: The FBI has built a database with more than 659 million records -- including terrorist watch lists, intelligence cables and financial transactions -- culled…

You Are What You Say: Privacy Risks of Public Mentions

A group of computer scientists from the University of Minnesota recently presented a fascinating paper "You are what you say: privacy risks of public mentions," Proceedings of the 29th annual international ACM SIGIR conference on research and development in information…

On Google, User Images and Identifiability

Loren Baker at Search Engine Journal has an extensive look at how Google might leverage their acquisition of Neven Vision to help identify and inter-connect users' various web products (blogs, forums, social networking sites, etc) that might not otherwise be…

Amazon Plans “World’s Biggest Personal Data Stash”

The Register warns that Amazon.com is planning to create the "world's biggest personal data stash." Their source is this Seattle Post Intelligencer report on the detailed patent application Amazon filed with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office: Amazon.com is developing…

Audit & Remove Yourself from Data-Collection Databases

Wired's 27B Stoke 6 blog has posted some helpful info on how to audit and remove yourself from of some common data-collection databases (and annoying mailing lists): If you have ever applied for health, life or disability insurance on your…