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The Snapchat and Runkeeper apps for the iPhone share your location data with Apple. Boston telemedicine company American Well’s phone app transmits information about the medical terms you search from your phone to its servers. Until recently, when customers logged into their language training app Duolingo, the app would transmit their password in an unsecured way, allowing eavesdroppers on open networks to pick it out.More →

On Tuesday, the US Senate voted on the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA), a bill to help protect our digital data. But the nation’s top tech companies, including Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Twitter and plenty more, are all against it, because so many of their users think the new bill will give the US government easy access to their personal data.More →

Despite the fact that the majority of Americans have not taken any concrete steps to protect their privacy in this post-Snowden era, the Pew Research Center has found that the vast majority of Americans do care about their privacy and who has access to their information.

Ninety-three percent of Americans report that being in control of who can access their information is somewhat or very important to them. In addition, 90 percent say that what information is accessed, not just who can access that information, is important to them as well.More →

If you’ve ever said, “markets are conversations” you’re quoting the words of The Cluetrain Manifesto, the ’90s-era opus on the promise of the Web. David Weinberger and Doc Searls (two of the original authors of Cluetrain) are publishing another provocative work today called New Clues. I caught up with them this week to hear about the project. None of us wants to be clueless, so go ahead, check it out; here’s the link to their page: New Clues.More →