The three-part series I just finished up this week, the paranoid's survival guide to privacy, includes 32 different things privacy professionals say you can do to protect your privacy both online and off.
I haven't done most of them.
The problem is that protecting your privacy can be a lot of work. But the good news is that you probably don't have to do everything.
It's challenging enough to provide bandwidth to more than 70,000 fans with mobile devices in an NFL stadium. But it wasn't until the Super Bowl last month that National Football League senior vice president and CIO Michelle McKenna-Doyle realized that a significant amount of available bandwidth was being wasted by the thousands of smart phones fans brought with them to the stadium.
This week Verizon Wireless announced changes to its Relevant Mobile Advertising Program that will allow the carrier to track your desktop surfing habits on the Web and use that information to help advertisers deliver targeted ads to your mobile phone. I've decided to opt out, but maybe not for the reasons you'd think.
SocialRadar, a new iPhone app, pulls from your social networks to tell you everything you need to know about people near you who are in up to six of your social networks, including their profile information, recent posts and where they are right now.
Almost every day it seems there's another revelation about what marketers, social media, or the government know about people's lives. But the most shocking development of late came last week with the news that OfficeMax had sent a bulk mailing to the family of a recently deceased teenager, addressing it to "Mike Seay/Daughter Killed in Car Crash/Or Current Business."