I really like the stance my employer HP has on privacy. Archie Reed HP’s worldwide director of strategy and planning for identity management has a really interesting posting on his blog on the technology advances being made on federation and controlling our PII.
When I was at the LSE conference in London I listened to Terri Dowty that discussed the growing trend on surviellance of children in the UK, starting with kindergarten. I was thus concerned to come across the following article this morning that up to 3,500 schools use biometric software to record the data of approximately three quarters of a million children. Children’s data stored, often include photographs and fingerprints, is stored on unregulated data collection systems and potentially insecure school computer networks and could therefore potentially be misused; notes that collecting the data from children under 12 without parental consent directly contravenes the Data Protection Act.
Take a look at this really well described hack on one user -Matt Cutts the search guru behind Google- that I found on ha.ckers.org.
….exploiting flaws in how Windows handles animated cursors. Are you a World of Warcraft player? Microsoft has issued a patch for the flaw early to combat the rising number of attacks.