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Ms. Smith (not her real name) is a freelance writer and programmer with a special and somewhat personal interest in IT privacy and security issues. She focuses on the unique challenges of maintaining privacy and security, both for individuals and enterprises. She has worked as a journalist and has also penned many technical papers and guides covering various technologies. Smith is herself a self-described privacy and security freak.

Microsoft Raises Privacy Issues With Tweaked TOS

Analysis: The new Microsoft service agreement follows Google's lead and allows it to share your data over all its cloud services.

Mass Surveillance and No Privacy Bill is 'For the Children'

What happens when stupid non-geeks write bills like SOPA and HR 1981? Rep. Lamar Smith says it's for the children, of course, and if you object to being spied upon online then you are some kind of guilty pro-child-porn lowlife pond scum sucker. Where does the stupidity stop?

Apple Cofounder Wozniak Praises Android

Steve Wozniak says he wishes his iPhone did all the things his Android does.

Every Time You Blink, Facebook Locks Out Two Potentially Hacked Accounts

New Facebook cybersecurity measures like Guardian Angels are supposed to help to protect the privacy of 800 million users. Officials said that 600,000 times a day, Facebook stops cybercrooks from accessing accounts, even though logins and passwords were guessed, phished, or stolen.

Kinect May Act As Xbox 360 Viewing Police with Parental Control Body Scanner

While a Microsoft Xbox TV deal is imminent, the future may include an Xbox 360 viewing police. Microsoft is trying to patent a Kinect 3D body scanner to estimate age and function like an automated parent control.

Digg Scrapes Facebook for Diggers' Real Identites and Photos

Digg has changed some Diggers' account profiles to reflect real identity instead of Digg alias. Digg responds to privacy concerns and lets users know how to opt out.

When a Company Gathers Info About You, Is that Invasion of Privacy?

Analysis: Microsoft's partnership with "intent-driven" Adchemy raises question of propriety and protection of consumer privacy.