Complete Privacy & Security Podcast E073

Complete Privacy & Security Podcast

Complete Privacy & Security Podcast E073: This Week in Privacy

This week we discuss Facebook’s latest privacy issues, Microsoft censoring your communication, Google tracking, the latest Offense/Defense, and listener questions.

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Facebook Discussion
Cambridge Analytica
Call Collection
Facebook Container Addon
Google Tracking
Microsoft bans “offensive language” from Skype

DEFENSE: Discussed on the show!

1. I communicate with a friend in Afghanistan. We use FB messenger,but with this weeks’ news I’d like to switch to something like Signal. Does that single me out for surveillance more than using FB messenger?
2. Do you guys have any tips or best practices for filing taxes this season? What do you guys think of TurboTax as far as privacy goes?

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4 thoughts on “Complete Privacy & Security Podcast E073”

  1. If appropriate for the podcast, it would be nice to hear your thoughts on how GDPR may effectively provide data protections for those outside of Europe. For example, if businesses need to assume that customers accessing their services from European IP addresses may be covered by the law, then might tunneling through one of those countries via VPN extend those protections to your accounts? It seems likely that companies will need to use some broad method (maybe based on where you say you reside? or the location of the device you’re accessing their app from?) to determine whether these tough new rules need to be extended to your account. Thx in advance!

    1. Karla,
      Thanks for the input. I will look into this a bit more but likely it will be hard to predict what the 2nd and 3rd-order effects of GDPR will be.

  2. Justin asked for justifications from people who use Facebook. Some points I would make:

    1- I am well aware that FB sells my data, manipulates what is presented to me, is addictive. I block FB from tracking my activity on other web sites, don’t use the FP app on my phone, try to lock down privacy settings on my FB account, don’t post really private stuff about myself or other people. Totally unsurprised by Cambridge Analytica selling/using my data. I agree with Justin on all of that.

    2- I am well aware that many of my FB Friends are not “deep” friends, in that I’ve never met them in person, wouldn’t phone them, wouldn’t go out of my way to meet them. But some ARE family or “deep” friends. Critics get too hung-up on FB’s use of the word “Friend”, as if FB users get fooled by it. I think FB users are well aware that many people they encounter on there are totally unknown to them, maybe spouting idiotic opinions, etc. I deliberately Friended some people I totally disagree with, so I can debate them.

    3- Maybe it would help to think of FB as an easy multi-point micro-blogging site. I can post something without knowing who will be interested and who will respond. Users can scroll through the NewsFeed (think of it as an RSS feed or something), giving a quick glance to everything, picking out one or two things that interest them. It’s quite different from email or phone or in-person. Each tool has its own qualities; they’re not direct replacements for each other.

    4- Also consider the Groups on FB. I belong to about 20 of them. They are full of useful people and info. I used to live on a sailboat in the Caribbean; there is a FB Group for sailboat cruisers on each island to exchange info. I live in Spain now; there are FB Groups for expats living in Spain. There are 4 or 5 groups with info for US expats having to file US tax returns. Reddit has some subs on the same topics, but they’re far inferior to the corresponding FB groups, far fewer users.

    5- The “easy contact with friends and family around the world” that Justin mentioned is valid. My family is spread from Spain to USA to Thailand. They have tight and varying schedules, with kids and work and housework etc. Contact in-person or phone call is difficult. Email works somewhat, but not as good as FB for sharing pictures.

  3. I like Karen’s idea (above) about how one might get European GDPR coverage in non-European countries. As she suggested, a VPN with a European IP might help, or a European email provider, or a European (sudo) phone number. There may be other options. A guest with expertise on this would be great. Agree with Justin that it is hard to forecast given the GDPR is not even in effect yet, but helpful to start thinking about it.

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