Tag Archives: privacy

So, is Alexa going to be your phone now too?

Those of us of a certain age can unfortunately remember the days when your parents could listen to voice messages left for you by your boy/girlfriend on your family answering machine at home. Embarrassing. But are we now moving back to the future with Amazon’s recent announcement that Alexa users who own an Echo, or who have the app installed on their iOS or Android smartphone, can now call or message one another for free?   More >>

Is the price of your privacy a new flashlight app?

Remember the dodo bird? No surprise there if you don’t — it disappeared a long time ago. Unfortunately, our privacy looks like it’s heading in the same direction as our now legendary feathered friend. It doesn’t seem to matter that everybody agrees how extremely important privacy is — we’re still happily giving it up in exchange for a navigation/social/search, or even a flashlight app.  More >>

Why there’s money to be made from NY sidewalks (and data analytics)

If you’re planning a trip to New York this summer, you might end up walking the streets – literally. Overcrowded sidewalks, particularly around key transit hubs like Penn Station and Port Authority Bus Terminal, are forcing pedestrians off the sidewalks and onto the street. In order to alleviate the congestion, transport officials are starting to collect data to help them identify which specific places to invest in. By the way, Fifth Avenue might be a good place to start …  More >>

How safe is the next big thing?

The next big thing (and big enough even to top smartphones as our favorite device) is, according to the New York Times’ Farhad Manjoo, the Echo – a screenless, voice-controlled household computer built by Amazon. So, why’s it so good?   More >>

AVG’s CEO explains how to combat a dangerous cyberworld (Live from Mobile World Congress)

He didn’t mince words. Trust is under threat in the new digital world, stated AVG Technologies CEO Gary Kovacs in today’s keynote address at Mobile World Congress. And without this trust, he continued, people will become reluctant to make the most use of the digital services available to them. And while it’s true that as the head of a major company providing computer security software, Kovacs has a vested interest in making such claims, it is a definitely a dangerous cyberworld out there…  More >>

Who can be trusted with your data? (Live from the Telco Big Data Summit, Barcelona

If you’re concerned about what’s happening to the massive amounts of data that you’re probably generating – especially in light of constant references to “data monetization” – you can relax. The repeated message throughout the Telco Big Data Summit was that you can trust your service provider when it comes to big data – and even more so in the face of new EU Data Protection regulation. The proposed regulation is due to come into effect in late 2014/early 2015 and is designed to unify and simplify data protection across 28 countries within the European Union (EU) and was a focal […]  More >>

Will Apple’s iPhone 6 revolutionize the way you shop – and the way you pay?

If the rumors circling next week’s iPhone 6 launch are correct, Apple’s newest and long-awaited device won’t just offer a substantially bigger screen, slimmer profile, faster processor and tougher glass, but for the first time, it will also include a near-field communication (NFC) chip that can transmit payment information. NFC technology allows you to use your device to pay for goods – similar to a contactless payment card – and while this technology is already available in other smartphones, the idea of using a mobile wallet hasn’t taken off in developed markets. Until now. Mobile wallets have suffered somewhat from […]  More >>

Live from MWC: The industry’s moral responsibility (according to Deutsche Telekom’s CEO)

“As an industry, we have a moral responsibility to ensure that people know what happens to their data,” said Timotheus Höttges, the new Deutsche Telekom CEO. Speaking on the second morning of Mobile World Congress 2014 here in Barcelona, Höttges pointed out that most customers failed to understand that “if an app is free, then you are not the customer, you are the product,” explaining that once the app has been downloaded, the app makers then sell on the customer’s personal data they gained during the download to advertisers or use this data themselves to sell other products.  More >>

The new world of Big Data? Retailers have been dealing with it for years…

Hands up if you’re a regular shopper at a particular supermarket chain. If so, I’m guessing that you probably have a loyalty card. And if you’re a Portuguese shopper, that probability is very high indeed, because according to Frederico Santos, a director at Sonae Retail, more than 90% of its business is associated with its Continente loyalty card. With three million cards for 10 million people, Sonae Retail has access to a huge amount of personal data that they can leverage in order to generate customer-specific offers that fit their customers’ profiles and their needs. Think “Big Data” and we […]  More >>

Forget Bitcoin – why customer data could be the new industry currency in town

Amid all the controversy around the United States’ National Security Agency’s Prism data collection project, a just-released survey shows that consumers are willing to share their personal data with their service providers – provided they get something in return. “Consumers see the value in sharing their personal data in exchange for better service or cash rewards,” said Alastair Hanlon, Amdocs vice president of market strategy, at the Amdocs Asia Pacific InTouch Business Forum 2013 in Singapore. Briefing journalists on the results of a global Coleman Parkes survey for Amdocs on consumer thinking around privacy of their personal data, Hanlon noted […]  More >>

No need for names (I know yours already)

BLOGGER: NAOMI WEISER A friend of mine (let’s call her “Julia Roberts”) was horrified this week when, after carrying out a Google search, it brought up her search results together with the question: “Are you Julia Roberts?” Her identity wasn’t something she was aware she’d ever revealed to Google, but her enthusiastic patronage of social media sites had unfortunately apparently connected too many dots together. This instantly reminded me of a conversation I had with someone years ago who refused to even have a credit card. “It will reveal too much information about me” he explained. “I want to keep […]  More >>

Are you in control of your data?

BLOGGER: NAOMI WEISER When I joined Facebook, I remember the legal notice at the time said something to the effect that anything you post on Facebook was their property to do with as they pleased. Slightly worrying, but I kept it in mind when adding information, making sure it wasn’t too personal. I also checked the privacy settings and rather smugly thought everything was somewhat under control. That was until a hiccup by Facebook admin last year meant I couldn’t access my Facebook profile for weeks. I couldn’t even remove my profile to let my friends know that I was […]  More >>