Jaiku’s new Lack of “Privacy Policy”

August 28, 2008 at 11:08 | Posted in Privacy/Security | 2 Comments
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With Jaiku moving on to Google servers there has been a new Terms of service and a new Jaiku Privacy Policy issued. You must agree to these to continue using the service. The Terms of Service seem pretty straight forward.. but the new Jaiku privacy policy has some startling and bad terms in it, in particular:

If you use a mobile device client, we collect, in addition to your phone number, your presence information (including location information, such as cell id), your Bluetooth mac address, Bluetooth mac addresses of nearby users, your mobile device status (including whether you are using the device, whether the phone is idle, and the phone’s ring profile), mobile device usage statistics, the duration and description of current/previous/next calendar event, and an indication of whether a call is currently in progress (3G only).

WTF!! If I/you/anyone Posts to Jaiku from a cell phone Google will:

a) Collect location information.

b) Pillage your calendar for current/previous/next events!!!!

c) Invade the privacy of people around you by collecting their Bluetooth mac addresses (remember they know where you are.. so now they know where these other people are also)

d) Collect ringing and call status (which most likely includes the # of the person at the other end of the line (thus invading their privacy))

Remember this isn’t “information that is incidentally sent to us, but we discard”, this is clearly listed as “Information we collect”. That means keep and do with what they want.

I can see no possible justification for raping someones phone like this and the invasion of the privacy of innocent bystanders (who most likely have not agreed to have their information collected). (yes Google that is what you are doing no matter how you try to sugar coat it. If you are finding out where someone is,and when. (third party bluetooth mac) You are collecting information about people not party to your little agreement. The same goes for someone that the Jaiku user may be talking to on the phone.)

I think people should scream at Google about this. In my opinion it’s unjustifiable, it’s wrong, and it’s evil (yes, you heard me Google, IMHO you’re doing serious evil here)

I’m going to use this last paragraph to apologies for perhaps being a little unbalanced. I just find it completely unacceptable that Google would use the technology in a users phone to invade the privacy of bystanders. It is bad enough that they pillage the users phone for as much information as they can get about the users life.


Twitter hanging in there…

July 8, 2008 at 16:57 | Posted in Tech | Comments Off on Twitter hanging in there…
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It seems I may have spoken too soon. Despite the proliferation of “Twitter Killers”. Twitter is managing to weather it’s scalability crisis and is actually pulling ahead of the problem. (Congrats guys) Hopefully we will soon see the return of IM functionality and then Track (I miss both).

I’ve been checking out other “MicroBlogging” sites (Jaiku, identi.ca, plurk, Friendfeed) of them I think Friendfeed is the one that twitter needs to worry about most .. but not until Friendfeed gets features like desktop clients and mobile/sms support.

It seems Twitter may well pull a rabbit out of it’s hat and manage to keep it’s throne. Again Congrats Guys

Jaiku Invites

July 3, 2008 at 16:46 | Posted in Life | 11 Comments
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Since Gavin Brock was nice enough to pass a Jaiku invite on to me after seeing my request in this Blog I figured I’d “pay it forward” and so I have 10 spare Jaiku Invites up for grabs. I’ll pass them along to the first 10 people that provide me with an e-mail addy.

Now, with me being privacy/security minded and all, it doesn’t have to be a personal e-mail. You can go to drop.io, set-up a 1 week drop and set it to accept e-mails. that will give you a temporary e-mail address that looks like “foo@drop.io” that I can send the invite too.

I’ll update this blog entry once the invites are gone.

See you on Jaiku!

— update —

Since I am quitting Jaiku (see more here) I will no longer have invites to dispense

The demise of Twitter?

June 29, 2008 at 11:19 | Posted in Tech | 1 Comment
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As I sit here, once again frustrated with Twitter and the continual problems they seem to be having in scaling up their service, I find myself wondering, “Am I watching the demise of Twitter?”.

I think it is a well established fact that the Internet crowd is a fairly impatient lot. Easily frustrated with outages, and very intolerant of things only “half working”. Unfortunately for Twitter this describes the current state of affairs, And sadly the state of affairs for the past while.

The folks at Twitter keep asking their loyal fans to “bear with them” while they do upgrades and try to stabilize the system. People have stuck in there so far, out of their love for Twitter. However after putting up with reduced service for weeks I now find a massive outage. I find myself thinking, “what? after all this work, the system can’t even function correctly with half of it services turned off?”.

Clearly Twitter has a Major problem going on and one that isn’t going to go away in another week or two. With Twitter like sites (jaiku.com) on the horizon people may start diving overboard like the proverbial rats on a sinking ship.

IMHO, Twitter needs to do something big, something substantial, and soon. (Trust me if I were Google I’d be giving serious consideration to throwing Jaiku into open beta just to vacuum up the disenchanted Twitter users.).

Don’t get me wrong I really enjoy Twitter, when it works. The problem is when I’m wanting that update, and find that twitter is yet again down.. It gets frustration, The fact that IM updates haven’t worked for a while now, is frustrating. And I like most denizens of the Net don’t deal well with frustration.

Twitter… Grrrr

June 28, 2008 at 17:07 | Posted in Life | 2 Comments
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Man Twitter is just struggling these days. I’d love to try out Jaiku but need an invite. If anyone has some I’d really appreciate it you could send one to jaikume@drop.io

Thanks in advance

—- Update —-

Got an invite and I’m getting set up on Jaiku! Much Thanks to Gavin Brock for the invite. Once I get set up I’ll figure out the best way to distribute the invites I get to dispense

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