Our email providers give themselves much more convenient access to your data through their terms of service or privacy policies. On one hand, this is level of access may be necessary to prevent disruptions and limit liability but, on the other hand, these permissions we, as users, grant providers like Microsoft, Google, Yahoo and others pretty broad access to our data without requiring them to obtain court orders or satisfy any external legal requirement.
Google's business model, like many other consumer-facing companies' business models, are changing to become far more context aware. We're seeing that in apps that know our location and where we are going next and warn us when to leave to make it on time. That just scratches the surface and this trend can be tremendously helpful and useful if we can be sure that our personal information is not being abused or vulnerable to exploitation.
Michael Cowen over at No Picket Fence just interviewed me in a Google+ Hangout about some of the legal challenges facing SME's (Small and Medium Enterprises). The Hangout was streamed to YouTube live and is also available to watch now, after the interview concluded: Google+ Hangouts are terrific. They are easy to use, set up... Continue Reading →
Google released Google+ Pages for brands publicly last night (South African time) to much excitement on the Web. Google+ has, until now, been reserved for humans posting as themselves and Google has been criticized for not allowing brands to create pages and for insisting that users use their real names and not pseudonyms (Google seems... Continue Reading →
I've been using Google+ for a few days now and despite being a "limited field test", it has a brilliant approach to privacy. If you are unfamiliar with Google+, take a look at this introductory video: At Google+'s core is the Circles feature. Circles offers users fairly granular control over their contacts and what they... Continue Reading →