Just in case this hasn’t come to your notice yet, but linkedin has the right to use your photos for advertising if you don’t opt-out 😦

Read more here. There is already discussions in progress on which privacy laws it is potentially breaking.

To opt-out you need to do the following:
1) go to your name on the top right hand corner and select settings from the drop down
2) select account on the settings page (bottom left)
3) under privacy controls, select manage social advertising
4) untick it > save

A little belated, but thanks to Eoin Fleming for the tip, more than 10 days ago!

The (quiet) introduction of a National Police Reference System in Australia has raised concerns on the impact on privacy.  The database (run by CRIMTRAC has millions of records – including DNA and fingerprints) and is able to be accessed by all Australian law enforcement officers.  There are up to 80,000 accesses to the data per day.

For more detail, please see http://www.smh.com.au/national/privacy-fears-growing-as-police-tighten-national-grip-20100117-mecr.html.

Looks as though Google is taking a significant initiative in enabling transparency in what they are collecting on you and how it is used. Check out this for the full article.

“It has created a window into part of its database, so users can see that Google has deduced that they are interested in “Anime & Manga” comics, or “Alternative-Punk-Metal” music or travel to Afghanistan. (Yes, those are on its list of 600 interest categories.)

It also built technology to allow your browser to remember that you don’t want Google (or its DoubleClick unit) to remember anything about you. It is more robust than the opt-out system used by many companies that rely on cookies in browsers. These are technical feats that other ad companies said would be too hard.”