Thursday, December 18, 2008

Yahoo! To Retain User Data For Only 90 Days
There is a famous New Yorker cartoon from 1993 with a dog using a computer, where the dog says: "On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog." The implication is that you can be completely anonymous when online and be anyone, or anything, you want to be. That might have be mostly true in the early 1990's, but privacy advocates will tell you that today it's almost impossible to be completely anonymous online. We leave tracks wherever we go online in the form of stored login data, IP addresses, search terms used, and cookies stored on our own systems. Businesses claim that they need this data in order to deliver relevant content and targeted advertising. Advocates claim that too much personal information winds up get collected and saved about the browsing habits of users...