21 April 2011

Your iPhone Disrespects Your iPrivacy


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iPhone Desktopphoto © 2007 Terry Johnston | more info (via: Wylio)

No, doubt iPhone is a hip communication tool with a great design. Who would not like to have one?

But will you still want to have one if you knew that

iPhone Records Every Step You Make

Will you really? Hmm, well maybe not.

Guardian has the story and in the next few lines I will provide you with a very concise

Legal Analysis

What Apple’s iPhone seems to do is usually referred to as location data processing. In the European Union the latter is governed by Directive 2009/136/EC – the so called ePrivacy Directive.

Apple acts as a provider of a value added service in the sense of the ePrivacy Directive since it processes location data beyond what is necessary for the transmission of a communication or the billing thereof.
Apple is generally allowed to do so, however, under the condition that it fully informs its users of its data collection and processing

Prior To Obtaining Their Consent

From what I read, no users have been informed and their consent has not yet been obtained.
Besides the fact that it disrespects the privacy of its users, Apple is in a clear breach of applicable data protection and telecommunications legislation.

iPhone or iPrivacy, what will be your choice?

4 March 2011

Worth A King’s Crown


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Project 365 #2: 020110 Vegetarian e-mailphoto © 2010 Pete | more info (via: Wylio)Obviously, spam is the subject of my today’s blog post.
Spam? What has a King’s crown anyway got to do with it?
Well, I would say “a lot”, but in order to figure it out, you will need to read this one to the end.

Spam is manifold

The most spam messages I have ever received used to be dull, but some were trickier.
Some time ago I described my personal expirience with a rather unusual spam email. It is funny, but that blog post brought me a surprisingly high amount of visitor traffic. On the other hand this is comprehensible, since spam arguably causes one fourth to one third of all traffic on the Internet. It seems I was not the only one to receive  an identical or a similar message to the one I described.
Also, spammers no longer distribute their content merely over e-mail. Comment sections of websites and/or weblogs have emerged to one of their newer field of interest and activity.
For instance, I used to receive some 20-40 spam comments daily on the Reguligence Weblog. The most of them appeared under older articles and this is the reason why I turned off the commenting mode to articles older than 4 weeks.

But why do spammers send spam in the first place?

Spam is an economic factor

As a matter of fact, the average spammer sends out 1,000,000 emails per day. According to the previous source, a spammer would have made $150 in 24 hours, or $4,500 a month. Equally important, the Business Pundit reports that in 2008 a spam botnet called “Storm” made some $3,5 million in pharmaceutical sales having a conversion rate of just 0,000008%…
Not bad, huh? The numbers remain attractive even notwithstanding the legal risk.

Is sending spam legal?

In a nutshell: it is not.
The United States, being the origin of 19,8% of spam messages have introduced their Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act of 2003 (CAN-SPAM Act). Critics refer to it as You-Can-Spam-Act, alleging it actually allows senders to send spam, provided that they comply with some minor statutory obligations. Nevertheless, the CAN-SPAM Act helped hunting down some villains as  Sanford Wallace.
Although the European Union provided for more rigid rules in its E-Commerce (2000/31/EC) and E-Privacy (2002/58/EC) Directives,  courts within the EU cannot vaunt such examples of judicial success.

Back to the headline

A promise is a promise and now I will reveal why I chose the headline of this article.
Today I read about Robert Soloway, a Spam King, being released after nearly 4 years in prison. While he was active, that guy managed to send the unbelievable amount of 10 trillion spam e-mails, resulting in $20,000-a-day proceeds.

Isn’t  spam indeed worth at least a king’s crown? Your turn.

 

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