DOJ Wants Your Google Search History – Google Resists

Something I have long warned about appears to be happening. The Mercury News reports:Bush Lawyers Ask Judge To Make Google Hand Over Data; Google Promises A Fight The Bush administration on Wednesday asked a federal judge to order Google Inc.…

iTunes Now Asks for Consent Before Collecting Data

Following up on the earlier story about the new Apple iTunes MiniStore feature that collects and sends user data to Apple, Cory Doctorow reports that iTunes now asks for explicit user consent before activating this feature: The MiniStore was switched…

Experimenting with a “StatCounter” counter on michaelzimmer.org

To get a better sense of how michaelzimmer.org is being utilized, I have decided to experiment with a StatCounter counter. This was a difficult decision, being that StatCounter utilizes web cookies to help provide information about what IP addresses access…

Schneier on Security: Data Mining and Amazon Wishlists

Bruce Schneier points to an amazing article by Tom Owad, "Data Mining 101: Finding Subversives with Amazon Wishlists". In it, Owad reveals how simple it can be to use data mining techniques to profile people based on their public Amazon…