Tony Abbott PM – Show the public your British Citizenship renunciation form.

Member for Warringah Tony Abbott, show the public your British Citizenship renunciation form, proving you were not elected to our Parliament illegally.

Section 44 of the Australian Constitution forbids anyone holding dual citizenship from being elected to Parliament. Tony Abbott’s refusal (under FOI request) to provide his Form RN renouncing his British citizenship before being elected (26 March 1994), raises serious questions about his legality as a Member of Parliament. Openness and transparency are vital and we don’t need or want, and cannot tolerate an MP (far less a Prime Minister) in breach of the founding laws of our country – the only set of laws of Australia that cannot be changed by the Government of the day.

Please join this campaign: – Terms of Service

I was using my twitter feed today with Echofon on my Android device. Not a bad little app I use when my iPhone is charging. I was looking through the settings and found a section where you extended the length of your tweet, but you had to use a 3rd party app. I had a look at the app. Then I read through the Terms of Service. Lets just say I was extremely flabbergasted, that anyone would agree to this license especially this section of the terms of Terms of Service. Effectively taking away all your privacy and Intellectual Property rights.

‘You acknowledge and agree that if you use any of the Services to contribute Content to the Site or Services (“User Content”), you hereby do and shall grant UberMedia a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free, transferable, sublicensable right to use, modify, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of, display, publish, perform and otherwise fully exploit such User Content (including all related intellectual property rights) in any media format and through any media channel and to allow others to do so. To the extent allowed by law, the foregoing includes all rights of paternity, integrity, disclosure and withdrawal and any other rights that may be known as or referred to as “Moral Rights.” To the extent you retain any such Moral Rights under applicable law, you hereby ratify and consent to any action that may be taken with respect to such moral rights by UberMedia and agree not to assert any Moral Rights with respect thereto.’

All I can say HOLY CRAP! Are you kidding me!? Seriously? you want me to give away my rights to my content that has my copyright, intellectual property rights & moral rights. You want to just ignore these, so you can enjoy not paying any royalties or license fees? NO WAY MISTER/SISTER! Not going to happen.

So if you do happen to use this service also known as UberSocial, I suggest you read the TOS and remove your content. Remove the app from your Android, Blackberry & iPhone devices.
This crew need to learn that our content, is exactly that it’s your content. They need to ask for permission not demand it in the TOS.

Do Not Track

So here I was going through my browsers security & privacy settings, when I saw something catch my eye, it said “Do Not Track“.

I thought this is brilliant, this means I’ll no longer be tracked by sites online. However even Google state the following:

Does Chrome provide details of which websites and web services respect Do Not Track requests and how they interpret them?

No. At this time, most web services, including Google’s, do not alter their behavior or change their services upon receiving Do Not Track requests. (Updated October 2012). Learn more about Chrome’s other privacy and security features

So it just goes to show, no matter if you have DNT requests enabled. It depends on the other party to action that request. Another words you have 2 choices of not being tracked. Buckleys & None.

C|net Downloads, CBS Interactive

C|net Downloads, CBS Interactive. Really need to learn about what they preach with malware and phishing. I don’t appreciate downloading an application, only to have another 3 different applications asking to install on my computer.

Now if you didn’t read the screens carefully you would have a BLOAT load of unwanted software, when you only wanted one application.

C|net Downloads, CBS Interactive. SHAME! SHAME! SHAME!

World of Warcraft – Account Security

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. If you play World of Warcraft, you NEED to have an Authenticator, attached to your account. If you don’t have one and you are in a Guild, you are not only putting yourself at risk of malicious attack, but also the Guild. I have no sympathy for people, who’s accounts get hacked, when having an Authenticator would of prevented this action from happening in the first place.

FTC Settles with Facebook Over Privacy Practices – How Will It Affect You?

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has reached a settlement with Facebook whereby the social media giant must submit to a privacy audit every two years,
and cannot share its users information without their consent.

Read the full story here…

But is this just for users of the facebook giant in the USA or Global users of the facebook social networking site?

Australia, Your Privacy At Risk!

The Australian Government is considering the most sweeping and radical changes to Australia’s surveillance and intelligence laws since the establishment of the original powers in 1979.

To Attorney-General Nicola Roxon,

Australians’ privacy and civil liberties should not be breached without cause or oversight. Forcing companies to track innocent Australians’ every move online, reducing the accountability
of ASIO officers and forcing Australians to hand over their data without cause does just that.

We call on the Government to ensure these proposed reforms outlined in the Attorney-General’s Department’s discussion paper do not become law.

Sign the Petition at the link below!

Aggrieved MegaUpload users threaten to sue FBI over legitimate lost data

This really demonstrates just how farreaching the FBI has on countries outside of it’s own jurisdiction. You would think if this was to be taken down it would have been done so by the country of origin. Not some upstart who wants to make a name for themselves just because they “allegedly” have some copyright content and “allegedly” may have content for IPR (Intellectual Property Right). Then you have the other hundreds of thousands of users who stored content which neother copyright or IPR. hey no longer have access to their own content. Because some FBI agent somewhere said “let’s have a witch hunt”.

Stop the Internet Blacklist Legislation

The Internet Blacklist Legislation – known as PROTECT IP Act in the Senate and Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House – is a threatening sequel to last year’s COICA Internet censorship bill.  Like its predecessor, this legislation invites Internet security risks, threatens online speech, and hampers Internet innovation. Urge your members of Congress to reject this Internet blacklist campaign in both its forms!

Big media and its allies in Congress are billing the Internet Blacklist Legislation as a new way to prevent online infringement. But innovation and free speech advocates know that this initiative is nothing more than a dangerous wish list that will compromise Internet security while doing little or nothing to encourage creative expression.

As drafted, the legislation would grant the government and private parties unprecedented power to interfere with the Internet’s domain name system (DNS). The government would be able to force ISPs and search engines to redirect or dump users’ attempts to reach certain websites’ URLs. In response, third parties will woo average users to alternative servers that offer access to the entire Internet (not just the newly censored U.S. version), which will create new computer security vulnerabilities as the reliability and universality of the DNS evaporates.

It gets worse: Under SOPA’s provisions, service providers (including hosting services) would be under new pressure to monitor and police their users’ activities.  While PROTECT-IP targeted sites “dedicated to infringing activities,” SOPA targets websites that simply don’t do enough to track and police infringement (and it is not at all clear what would be enough).  And it creates new powers to shut down folks who provide tools to help users get access to the Internet the rest of the world sees (not just the “U.S. authorized version”).

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) has placed a hold on the Senate version of the bill, taking a principled stand against a very dangerous bill. But every Senator and Representative should be opposing the PROTECT IP Act and SOPA. Contact your members of Congress today to speak out!


Reprinted from EFF.  Permission to do such things is explicitly granted.

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