Facebook faces criticism on privacy change

Digital rights groups and bloggers have heaped criticism on Facebook’s changed privacy policy.

Critics said the changes were unwelcome and “nudged” people towards sharing updates with the wider web and made them findable via search engines.

The changes were introduced on 9 December via a pop-up that asked users to update privacy settings.

Facebook said the changes help members manage updates they wanted to share, not trick them into revealing too much.

“Facebook is nudging the settings toward the ‘disclose everything’ position,” said Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the US Electronic Privacy Information Center (Epic). “That’s not fair from the privacy perspective.”

Epic said it was analysing the changes to see if they amounted to trickery. Continue reading

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Stop The Big Brother State

The Big Brother State is an educational film about what politicians claim to be protection of our freedom but what we refer to as repressive legislation.

Since terrorism has become a global threat, especially after 9/11, governments all over the world have started enforcing laws which, so the governments say, should increase national security.

These laws obviously aim at another goal: the states gaining more and more control of their citizens at the cost of our privacy and freedom.

Watch this short animation in better quality here

How To Block Google Analytics

Google analytics is a free tracking tool for webmasters. It keeps track of visitor movements and clicks on the webmasters site. If you don’t like your movements and clicks to be analyzed in detail follow the instructions below.

These instructions provide the step-by-step procedure for adding a simple line of script to a file named “Hosts. In PCs with Windows, the following steps should be followed in order to modify the file and block Google Analytics:

127.0.0.1 google-analytics.com
Here is how, for Windows users: –>

  1. Go to the Start menu
  2. click Run
  3. Type Notepad C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\Etc\Hosts
  4. Hit the Enter key
  5. Move the Curser to the end of the file
  6. Add “127.0.0.1 google-analytics.com” to the end of the file.
  7. Save the file and exit Notepad
    1. Pull down the file menu, click on Save
    2. Pull down the file menu, click on Exit
  8. Shutdown and restart the computer

You can omit the www to catch all current and future subdomains and add the following line to your hosts file:

127.0.0.1 google-analytics.com

The Hosts file is located in different locations in different operating systems and even in different Windows versions; please see Hosts file in Wikipedia.