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FTC Calls For Data Privacy Laws
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User Rank: Strategist
3/28/2012 | 12:03:44 AM
re: FTC Calls For Data Privacy Laws
I would agree the article left me a little confused starting with a report on best practices for "businesses and policy" to end with a heavy concentration on government initiatives for do not track policies such as against cookie and browser tracking largely personal computing based. Companies have been tracking employees in part to counter fraud since the first proxies made it possible and I believe even before extensive use of cookies or similar browser based technologies.

Many company UserIDs can be so non personally identifiable that using them for tracking via cookies, unless you are logging into commercial sites, may be wasteful. I would have probably made two articles if I wanted to base it on business or personal computing issues. Then again, most business IT departments should already know the best practices based on their threat environment, I doubt the FTC listing best practices contain ground breaking new insight for them.
User Rank: Apprentice
3/27/2012 | 9:02:50 PM
re: FTC Calls For Data Privacy Laws
Unless you are using your "personal devices" from work, like a laptop on your employer's network, I don't see how this is an issue. If you are, then you are using your employer's internet access, most likely during work hours. If this is true, your employer has ever right to monitor your activity.

I'm really stumped by what you meant by "since the days of DOS". Unless you worked for a government organization back in those days, it is unlikely they were monitoring anything back then other than what you were accessing on a fileserver. That kind of monitoring put such a high load on servers from back then that most admins turned it off.
User Rank: Apprentice
3/26/2012 | 9:29:10 PM
re: FTC Calls For Data Privacy Laws
How is this going to help me from my employer accessing my personal devices and making decisions based upon what they learn? This activity occurs every day and has been since the days of DOS.

I wonder how many lives of unsuspecting employees have been severely affected by this ongoing activity that continues to be ignored? Certain capable admin's conduct themselves 'above the (non) law' and see fit to act whichever way they see fit. It is personal, devious and should not be ignored.

Don't come to me and tell me it is to protect businesses from internal threats either. Although this is a problem, the info can and does travel in both directions. Folks like me in the IT field know yet very few are willing to speak out as most do not want to relinquish positions of power.

The next time you want to complain about how the evil advertising empire needs to be severely punished for wrongdoing, think about how those advertisers have hurt you so badly in the past by affecting your personal and professional lives and how much you have been tormented by all those ads...; yet you have always worked blissfully and without any reason to ever be worried at all about connecting your device to the corporate network that pays your bills and supports your family.

What a joke FTC, get real.

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