Stories by Mark Sullivan

Parsing PRISM denials: Could everyone be telling the truth?

A day after The Washington Post and Guardianpublished bombshell revelations that America's biggest tech companies are allowing the U.S. government to constantly monitor highly personal data contained in their servers, the facts remain fuzzy and somewhat fluid--and the statements of the parties involved don't add up.

Mark Sullivan | 08 Jun | Read more

Which tech companies are looking out for your privacy?

Twitter and Sonic.net took top scores in a new Electronic Freedom Foundation (EFF) report rating tech companies' stewardship of users' personal data and their willingness to hand over data to the government. The two companies got high marks on each of the EFF's six privacy best practices categories, which include things like "require a warrant for content," "tell users about government data demands," and "publish transparency reports."

Mark Sullivan | 02 May | Read more

Data Snatchers! The Booming Market for Your Online Identity

Make no mistake, your personal data isn't your own. When you update your Facebook page, "Like" something on a website, apply for a credit card, click on an ad, listen to an MP3, or comment on a YouTube video, you are feeding a huge and growing beast with an insatiable appetite for your personal data, a beast that always craves more. Virtually every piece of personal information that you provide online (and much that you provide offline) will end up being bought and sold, segmented, packaged, analyzed, repackaged, and sold again.

Mark Sullivan | 26 Jun | Read more

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