Facebook: It’s not just the data you should be worried about.

Karl du Fresne takes a friendly stab at Facebook. Quote:

I note that $80 billion was wiped off the value of Facebook?s shares following a scandal over privacy breaches.End quote.

Also around one in ten American Facebook users have ditched the site. Quote:

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The school where some students are more equal than others

These days we are told to “tolerate” all kind of things. We live in an equal society yet we are forced to tolerate inequality for politically correct reasons which are actually racist. The politically correct do not hold certain cultures to the same standards as our western culture. In a nutshell, they expect less of them which is an inherently racist viewpoint. They do not value equality under the law and demand exceptions for those they consider incapable of functioning as our equals.

Now our world has regressed to the point where biological boys and girls are being told that their rights are not as equal as the rights of boys and girls who are transgender.

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How victimhood narratives can open doors

Being a victim is not something that any of us would choose but some people can use their victimhood status to do good things. An example of this would be someone who starts a campaign to change the law because it failed to protect them or someone who starts a support group or heads a public information campaign in the hope that it will help prevent what happened to them from happening to someone else.

Being a victim doesn’t always open doors though if the media paints the victim as deserving of what happened to them. When we were the victim of a criminal hack the media immediately painted us as somehow deserving of having our privacy violated and the loss of revenue and the emotional fallout was not considered important.

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Don’t know where you are? Phone 111

The location of people making calls to emergency services will soon be automatically tracked as the result of new technology and privacy laws.

Privacy Commissioner John Edwards recently amended the Telecommunications Information Privacy Code to allow for caller locations to be collected to help respond to emergencies faster.

“In the last year, the police recorded over 1800 incidents in which they had to make a special request to a network operator for information about the caller’s location,” he said.

“Quick and automated access to location information about emergency callers should help to reduce this figure.”

With a “state-of-the-art” computer system providing the technology needed to log caller locations, Mr Edwards said it was important privacy laws were updated to match.

“This system does not require individual consent, so I have required robust transparency and accountability obligations,” he said.

I have no problems with this. ?When we phoned from a landline, our location was revealed simply because the service address for the phone number you called from was already known.

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What the hell would Nicky Hager know about privacy?


Nicky Hager likes to talk about privacy but wrote this book by invading mine.

Nicky Hager likes to talk about privacy but wrote this book by invading mine.

Nicky Hager comments on privacy after an interview with a press-titute called LJ Ritchie.

This brings us back to the subject of privacy. It is awful if people wonder needlessly whether someone is reading their private email, or decides they?d better not be involved in politics, or generally shrinks down and limits who they are because of an unnecessary fear of surveillance. Because, unfortunately, the fear that we?re being watched does almost as much damage as the reality would.

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Unethical journalist at the Olympics puts gay athletes at risk


As we all know being gay can be dangerous if not life-threatening inside a Muslim majority country. A journalist who works for the Daily Beast ?wrote an article ?that outed some gay athletes, including some from Muslim countries after he set ?a honey trap using Grinder. ?He must’ve gone to the ?same school of journalism as Nicky Hager. ?As Nicky Hager says, privacy is not important if it is in the public interest to know. After all, nothing sells articles and books like prurient public interest in other people’s private business.

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Privacy is becoming as rare as hen’s teeth in this messed up world of ours

How any woman could think that it is okay to take a photo of a naked stranger in the gym without her permission and then share it with the world on Snapchat is a mystery to me.
This woman did exactly that but thankfully the gym gave her back some much needed karma by cancelling her membership. Police charges have also been filed and so they should be.

The moral line in the sand these days is getting fainter and fainter as celebrities post naked photos of themselves and leak sex tapes, and hackers steal private messages and photos and share them with the world simply because they can. People’s morality and judgement have been impaired. It is all too easy these days to act spontaneously and destroy someone’s life at the push of a button.

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Isn’t it ironic?

Alanis Morrisette has re-released Ironic with modern lyrics. It also came out at the same time as the release of the Panama Papers, which in New Zealand also coincided with Privacy Week.

It’s almost like the Media party sat around with their editors and when someone asked how they were going to mark Privacy Week they brilliantly suggested they’d release millions of private documents stolen from Mossack Fonseca.

It was no surprise that Nicky Hager, who runs off to court over his own privacy thought nothing of breaching other people’s privacy off of the back of a criminal act, just like he has done several times before, including?to me.

Isn’t it ironic?

Nicky Hager, for his part, is unrepentant despite there not being anything in the papers other than evidence that lawyers do trust work and accountants account for things.

Nicky Hager denies claims the searchable database of people linked to the Panama Papers is a smear campaign.

Mr Hager ? and one of the people given access to the Panama Papers by the International?Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) ? tells NBR ONLINE the list is a ?simple step of transparency about tax havens.?

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Oh the Irony, Pirate websites’ privacy compromised by Panama Papers



File sharing sites (often referred to as Pirate websites) make money from promising privacy to their customers. These kinds of companies are perfect for criminals. They allow pedophiles for example to upload and share child pornography. Now, thanks to the criminal actions of a hacker the Panama papers have had an unexpected consequence. They have compromised the privacy of customers who use Pirate websites like Mega.

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Face of the day

Act Leader David Seymour

Act Leader David Seymour

A few words from today’s face of the day David Seymour about the Media.

Last week I spoke at a charity debate to raise money for the families of journalists killed for doing their job in dangerous countries. This week the so called International Consortium of International Journalists have put thousands of people in similar countries in danger of extortion and persecution by publishing details of their financial affairs, searchable on the internet.

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