You Want Your Real Name Associated With Your Etsy Purchase History, Right?

You Want Your Real Name Associated With Your Etsy Purchase History, Right?

Have you ever made a purchase on the crafty marketplace, Etsy? If you have, consider checking your privacy settings, since the site is beginning to have more in common with Facebook than an old-fashioned online bazaar. The company behind the site managed to annoy sellers, buyers, and more or less the entire Internet by changing its privacy policy earlier this year.

The changes allow users to search for their friends and marginal acquaintances’ Etsy usernames and feedback histories by e-mail address. Not all that different from most social networking sites… but most people who sign up to use Etsy do so to buy things, not to socialize and spy on what their friends are buying. Now, the full names of users who provided them to the site are available to the public and indexed by search engines by default. Users must opt out of these exciting new privacy-defying features.

Database Bug At Woot Leaves Reader Wary Of Ordering

Database Bug At Woot Leaves Reader Wary Of Ordering

Robear wanted to order from shirt.woot, but something strange happened when he went to register. After choosing a username and entering his e-mail address, he noticed that all of the forms were pre-populated with another customer’s information…including that user’s credit card information. He contacted Woot to try to find out what could have happened, but Woot either hasn’t figured it out yet, or just isn’t responding. (UPDATE: Response from Woot below.)

Gmail Account Shut Down For Receiving Errant Bank Spreadsheet

Gmail Account Shut Down For Receiving Errant Bank Spreadsheet

The judicial system has spoken in the case of the spreadsheet full of personal data accidentally e-mailed to a random Gmail user by an employee of Rocky Mountain Bank. Google must reveal the account holder’s identity, and the account has been deactivated.

Bank Sends Sensitive Customer Info To Some Random Gmail User

Bank Sends Sensitive Customer Info To Some Random Gmail User

Here’s the problem with Gmail: so many people use it that a mistyped e-mail address probably will not result in a bounced message. It will result in your message going to the wrong person, since nearly every derivation of a name is probably a working address.

Quiz Yourself About Facebook Quiz Applications And Privacy

Quiz Yourself About Facebook Quiz Applications And Privacy

What do Facebook applications know about you and your friends? What do you know about what Facebook applications know about you? If you have Facebook, you can take this handy quiz from the ACLU of Northern California that tests your knowledge of Facebook, privacy, and outside developers.

Retail Return Databases: Fraud Deterrent Or Privacy Nightmare?

Retail Return Databases: Fraud Deterrent Or Privacy Nightmare?

No shopper wants higher prices because of excessive return fraud, but many people aren’t comfortable having their driver’s license scanned when making a return at the store, either. We’ve covered the reasons for this before, but Retail Customer Experience took a closer look.

Complaint From Canada Prompts Facebook Privacy Changes

Complaint From Canada Prompts Facebook Privacy Changes

If you’re suspicious of Facebook’s use of your personal data, the social networking site has made some recent changes that may make you very happy. And for this, you can blame thank Canada.

Mac Genius Reports Child Porn On Customer's Computer To Police

Mac Genius Reports Child Porn On Customer's Computer To Police

A man in Connecticut brought his computer to his local Apple Store for repair due to a software issue (likely a—gasp!—virus) but when he returned to pick it up, learned that the Mac Genius had reported him to the police after finding child pornography on the hard drive.

Facebook, Where Are You Getting These Crazy Friend Suggestions From?

Facebook, Where Are You Getting These Crazy Friend Suggestions From?

This morning, I woke up to find an inbox full of readers freaked out about Facebook friend suggestions. What’s the big deal about that? Privacy-minded Facebook users can’t figure out where these suggestions are coming from, and aren’t happy with the possibilities.

Tagged.com Will Spam Your Friends And Family

Tagged.com Will Spam Your Friends And Family

Tagged.com has been around for a few years now, but it’s spread across the Internet with a vengeance in the last few weeks. The service promotes itself by getting inside the address book or e-mail contacts of people who sign up and e-mailing everyone they know. It’s disingenuous, since the e-mail looks like an invitation from your friend or family member…but they didn’t initiate it at all.

Big Brother Is Watching You Grocery Shop

Big Brother Is Watching You Grocery Shop

Star fruit distributed by Melissa’s Produce between April 21 and May 5 is being recalled due to chemical residues. Mmmm. I’m having a hard time finding coverage of the recall itself, but one grocery store’s handling of the situation got my attention.

AOL Research Closes

AOL Research Closes

According to Greg Linden, founder of Findory and search industry professional, the AOL subdivision for releasing the user search histories has folded.

Who is Adhur Chowdhury?

Who is Adhur Chowdhury?

Chowdhury wasn’t just “some rogue researcher” at AOL, according to his CV he was “Chief Architect.” As in, Chief Architect of Information. Among the accomplishments he achieved since May 2000, he includes:

AOL Higherups OK’d Search Record Release

AOL Higherups OK’d Search Record Release

The AOL company researcher who released the data is one Abdur Chowdhury, pictured at right, looking like a douche.

3 AOL Heads Roll After Users Search Records Released

3 AOL Heads Roll After Users Search Records Released

Two weeks after AOL released the search records for 500,000 plus users and endured a public outcry, three AOL workers have left. The researcher responsible for posting the data, along with his supervisor, were fired. Chief Technology Officer Maureen Govern resigned.

AOL Just Wanted to Help Out The Elbow-Patch Jacket Set

AOL Just Wanted to Help Out The Elbow-Patch Jacket Set

The AOL user search queries data leaked on the internet were apparently posted by a technician who uploaded the data without vetting it through in-house privacy department, company spokesman Andrew Weinstein told WP.

AOL Apologizes For Splooging Your Searches

AOL Apologizes For Splooging Your Searches

A boon for search engine researches quickly tumbled into a privacy snafu as AOL released search query results for 650,000+ users. AOL expression contrition and dismay in the quotes provided by spokesman Andrew Weinstein who said:

AOL User 231392 Illuminated

AOL User 231392 Illuminated

Here’s another AOL user who should definitely be manacled to a rusty pole and beaten with barb wire. Dirty thoughts! Dirty! Dirty!