"We find that more than 50% of the sites in our sample are using flash cookies to store information about the user. Some are using it to 'respawn' or re-instantiate HTTP cookies deleted by the user. Flash cookies often share the same values as HTTP cookies, and are even used on government websites to assign unique values to users. Privacy policies rarely disclose the presence of Flash cookies, and user controls for effectuating privacy preferences are lacking.(via mefi)
Friday, 20 August 2010
SSRN-Flash Cookies and Privacy by Ashkan Soltani, Shannon Canty, Quentin Mayo, Lauren Thomas, Chris Hoofnagle:
Monday, 9 August 2010
Europe - World - The Times of India:
"Russian authorities on Monday declared a state of emergency in Ozersk, home to major nuclear reprocessing plant Mayak, due to wildfires burning around the Urals town, officials said. 'A state of emergency has been introduced in forests and parks on the territory of the Ozersk city district due to a complicated fire hazard situation,' said a statement posted on the district's website."
Sunday, 8 August 2010
The Social Ecosystem: Education « The Lab is open: John Moore's Blog:
"The biggest barrier to organizations being successful within The Social Ecosystem is simply the need for education. The lack of awareness, the lack of knowledge, is holding back many organizations. In chatting with organizations across the public and private sector I am constantly encountering confusion. People know the problems they are encountering. These are real, these are personal, and people struggle with them daily. However:* Organizations often do not understand that solutions exist for these problems. * Organizations often have the wrong information about the solutions that exist."
Thursday, 5 August 2010
New Book Coming Out: Rebels and Devils:
"contributions by William S. Burroughs Joseph C. Lisiewski, Ph.D. Timothy Leary Ph.D., Robert Anton Wilson, Austin Osman Spare, Genesis P-Orridge, Aleister Crowley, Joseph Matheny, Peter J. Carroll, Israel Regardie, Jack Parsons, Phil Hine, Osho, and many others."
"The files come from more than 5,000 pages of UFO reports and letters and drawings from members of the public, as well as questions raised by MPs in Parliament. They are available to download for free for a month from The National Archives website"
Sunday, 1 August 2010
AFP: Hacker makes mobile phone snooping affordable:
"'I can intercept cell phone calls with 1,500 dollars worth of radio gear and a laptop,' Paget said after the talk. 'You handset thinks I'm your cell phone tower and I get to control your calls. These attacks used to cost millions of dollars, now you can do it for a lot less.' The gear included an antenna and radio equipment and broadcast a GSM signal that imitated a legitimate telecom service tower, prompting handsets to automatically connect."