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Consumer views and news since 2007 about identity theft, privacy, and corporate responsibility -- by George Jenkins

Updated: 2018-01-30T14:15:00-05:00


Health Experts To Facebook: Turn Off Messenger Kids


In December 2017, Facebook launched its Messenger Kids service for children ages six to 13. The service includes a free video calling and messaging app where children can connect only with parent-approved contacts. The ad-free service includes masks, frames, stickers and GIFs for children to, "ids can create fun videos...

FCC Action To Kill Net Neutrality Will Likely Hurt Public Libraries, The Poor, And The Disabled


Jim Neal, the president of the American Library Association, released a statement condemning the December 14th vote by the Republican-led U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to kill net neutrality protections for internet users: "The majority of the FCC has just dealt a blow to equitable access to online information and...

German Regulator Bans Smartwatches For Children


Parents: considering a smartwatch for your children or grandchildren? Consider the privacy implications first. Bleeping Computer reported on Friday: "Germany's Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur), the country's telecommunications agency, has banned the sale of children's smartwatches after it classified such devices as "prohibited listening devices." The ban was announced earlier today......

The Guardian Site Reviews Documents Used By Facebook Executives To Moderate Content


The Guardian news site in the United Kingdom (UK) published the findings of its review of "The Facebook Files" -- a collection of documents which comprise the rules used by executives at the social site to moderate (e.g., review, approve, and delete) content posted by the site's members. Reporters at...

Consumers And The Features On Their Phones


Federal Reserve Survey of Experiences of Younger Workers


The Federal Reserve Board (FRB) recently released the results of its survey of younger workers ages 18 to 30 with data through 2015. The survey found that younger workers overall: "... experienced higher rates of unemployment and lower rates of labor force participation than the general population for at least...

4 Website Operators Settle With New York State Attorney General For Illegal Tracking of Children


Earlier this month, the Attorney General for the State of New York (NYSAG) announced settlement agreements with the operators of several popular websites for the illegal online tracking of children, which violated the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). The website operators agreed to pay a total of $835,000 in...

Royal Caribbean's Allure Of The Seas: Built For Families


Recently, my family and I sailed on Royal Caribbean cruise line's Allure of the Seas mega-ship from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to destinations in the Caribbean: St, Kitts, St. Thomas (USVI), and Nassau, Bahamas. This was our 26th cruise, so my wife and I have sailed on a variety of cruise...

Pokemon Go: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly


The game's popularity proliferated after a July 6 launch in Australia, New Zealand, and the United States: 7.5 million downloads during its first week; 50 million downloads from Google Play during its first month; and it was WikiPedia's most visited article by mid-July. (View the game's Wikipedia pageviews.) Everyone noticed....

Social Networking Sites With The Largest Number of News Users


Recently, some friends and I were discussing the wisdom of getting your news from social networking websites (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Youtube, LinkedIn, etc.) instead of directly from news media sites. Apparently, many consumers get their news from such sites. The Pew Research Center reported that most adults in the...

Safer Internet Day: Do Your Part


Today is Safer Internet Day (SID) #SID2016. This event occurs every year in February to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially among children. This year's theme is: "Play your part for a better Internet" There are events in 100 countries worldwide. The European...

Membership On Social Networking Sites Requires Diligence


Recently, a friend posted this message on Facebook: "I need advice. I looked in my Facebook notifications and received a notification that someone I don't even know shared my post. I looked at the post on this person's timeline and it has a picture of my female cousin and it...

Hello Barbie Doll Cited As A Threat At Security Conference


At a recent cyber-security conference at New York University, a MasterCard executive raised concerns about the WiFi-enabled Barbie doll. The New York Post newspaper reported: "The chief executive of MasterCard on Friday singled out the $75 Mattel doll as a security threat — the second time the tech-smart Barbie has...

Smart Devices Create Challenges And Privacy Threats For Consumers


There are plenty of smart devices you can buy online or in retail stores for your smart home: smart televisions, home audio speakers, fitness bands, smart watches, light switches, talking dolls and toys, smart home thermometers, cars with GPS and sensors, drones, and much more. And, your utility company probably...

Data Breach: Unprotected Online Database Exposed The Sensitive Information Of About 3.3 Million Hello Kitty Users


A security researcher found online a database containing the sensitive information of customers of the Hello Kitty gaming site. Just before the Christmas holiday, C|Net reported: "Personal information for fans who connect through has been sitting openly viewable on the Internet and easily accessible with the click of a...

Online Passwords: That Moment When...


Learning Apps Company Confirms Data Breach Affecting 11.6 Million Persons


Earlier today, educational toy maker VTech confirmed a data breach affecting 11.6 million persons. On November 27, Motherboard first reported the breach affecting 5 million parents and 200,000 children. The data breach is larger than first reported by many news organizations. In its FAQ page, VTech confirmed that on November...

Safe Shopping Tips For the Holidays


The holiday shopping season is here. Experts estimate that consumers will spend about $83 billion. Everyone wants to shop safely and avoid both identity theft and fraud. The California Attorney General's office issued several safe-shopping tips for consumers that are applicable everywhere and not only in California. Some of the...

Editor's Picks: Cruise Vacations


Considering a cruise ship vacation? Unsure which cruise line is best? Received an offer in the mail> You may find the resources below helpful: Considering A Cruise Ship Vacation? What Consumers Need To Know 8 Tips About Cruise Ship Vacations And Cruise Ship Maintenance Free Cruise Vacation Offer: Legit or...

The Internet Of Numerous Needless Things


If you aren't familiar with American culture, a key feature is: more is better. Bigger is better. Got one car? You'd be twice as happy with two cars. Got a $10,000 car? You'd be four times happier with a $40,000 luxury car. Got a 1,000 square-foot home? You'd be five...