PRISM and Palantir?

News outlets today are abuzz about the National Security Agency’s (NSA’s) TOP SECRET PRISM program that allegedly had direct access to Google, Facebook, Yahoo!, and other big internet companies. The story goes that it’s sweeping up a ton of data for national security purposes. People are very concerned not only about the broad nature of…

Bug Squashed (Hopefully)

Yesterday I noticed that my unique visitors and page views had skyrocketed over the past few days. Great, right? Well, no, not exactly. The numbers were falsely inflated due to some double counting. It also meant a big influx of spam. It looks like the heart of the matter was the Facebook “Send” button at…

Facebook and the Future of Privacy

Today, Bruce Schneier linked to a story about Max Schrems’s response to discovering exactly what data Facebook is collecting about him. Schrems, a 24-year old law student in Vienna, was shocked to find that Facebook had the equivalent of 1,200 pages of data on him, covering 57 categories. Because Facebook has a headquarters in Dublin,…