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Teachers Chided for Facebook Posts
For the last time, everybody: if you're going to post things on Facebook, please have a little common sense.

One in four gives fake net names
Source: BBC News
More than a quarter of people online have lied about their name and more than one in five has done something online they regret, says a new report.

Google on privacy: change your name
Louisa Hearn
August 17, 2010 - 3:05PM

Google's chief has put forth a novel solution for today's teenagers whose wild online antics threaten to follow them into their adult life: change your name.

TVNZ Internet Debate
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Internet debate: Is it appropriate for governments to step in and regulate the Internet?

11:26AM Wednesday July 28, 2010

Internet debate: At what age should children be responsible for their online behaviour?
11:22AM Wednesday July 28, 2010

Internet debate: What role should parents play in ensuring their children are safe online?

11:16AM Wednesday July 28, 2010
Internet debate: Should the New Zealand Government beef up its cyber defence capabilities?11:33AM Wednesday July 28, 2010

Facebook warning after Aust teen lured to death

4:00 AM Tuesday May 18, 2010
Australian police are advising young people to remove their profile pictures and personal details from Facebook. Photo / Daily Post
Australian police are advising young people to remove their profile pictures and personal details from Facebook. Photo / Daily Post

"SYDNEY - Police in Australia are urging teenagers to guard themselves against online predators after a teenager was lured to her death last week..."
To read more, go to http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article

Keeping your online reputation intact (3:51)

Added: 10:14AM Monday May 17, 2010
Online reputation expert Andy Beal has written a book about maintaining your online reputation.… To view more, go to http://tvnz.co.nz/breakfast-news/keeping-your-online-reputation-intact-3-51-video-3545380
Source: Breakfast News

Kids beware - the web never forgets
4:00 AM Sunday May 16, 2010
The 'look at me!' generation has made narcissism a virtue. But the young people living their lives on YouTube and social networking sites may regret it when their youthful indiscretions are preserved for posterity. Michael Bywater reports.
To read more go to http://www.nzherald.co.nz/connect/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501833&objectid=10645207
Source NZ Herald

Google Says It Collected Private Data by Mistake
Published: 17/05/2010
"Google said on Friday that for more than three years it had inadvertently collected snippets of private information that people send over unencrypted wireless networks..."
Originally taken from http://www.interfacemagazine.co.nz/articles.cfm?c_id=&id=463
To read more go to http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/15/business/15google.html?th&emc=th

Facebook and privacy issues

Jedd Bartlett writes, "This wired article http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2010/05/facebook-rogue/ provides detailed explanation of why people are concerned about facebook's recent moves such as turning “your” profile page into your identity online without your permission, and their “creepy data practices like turning your info over to third parties”. ie advertisers. Tutorial link here - http://jedd.tumblr.com/ - to tutorial slides on how to lockdown privacy settings."

Nigel Hulls also adds, "Further to Jedd's missive, http://mattmckeon.com/facebook-privacy/ shows the erosion of facebook privacy over time. To be taken as a grain of salt but gives a general indication of facebook's direction.

It is now a fact of life that all of the private data you have been pumping into Facebook for years, does not belong to you, never did, and Facebook can do whatever they like with it, including sharing it with whomever they choose.

Some of you may have noticed the new Facebook like buttons that have popped up on websites over the last couple of weeks. These icons hook into the Facebook api, and may be sharing your private information with the site you are browsing on, in order to more effectively target the ads on the page and other nefarious reasons.

If you are concerned about privacy on the net, and don't want your private information shared with 3rd party sites without your consent you can do the following.

When you have finished in Facebook, log out and clear your browsers privacy settings to remove all cookies set by Facebook,
Use a separate browser to use Facebook, and only use Facebook on this browser, nothing else.
Ditch Facebook completely, remove your account and never go back. ;-)"

Google admits collecting NZ Data
Published: 7:04AM Friday May 14, 2010
Google admits collecting NZ data (Source: Reuters)
Google admits collecting NZ data (Source: Reuters)

Source: ReutersGoogle
"Internet search giant Google has confirmed it gathered data about personal wireless connections from homes around New Zealand." To read more, go to
Source: NZPA

Online dangers for lonely children
Published: 7:49PM Wednesday May 12, 2010
"Lonely children are looking for friends on the internet and disclosing more personal and intimate information than those with real-life buddies." To read more, go to http://tvnz.co.nz/technology-news/online-dangers-lonely-children-3538656
Source: AAP

Social networking privacy concerns

News: Published: 5:54AM Monday May 03, 2010.

On May 3rd a news article, Social networking privacy concerns was released which highlighted the concern for young people and the security of their personal information online. It was also announced that Tuesday May 4th, there would be the release of an online tool for people to, "check their risk of identity theft". A privacy forum, including speakers from Google, TradeMe, Netsafe, Telecom and the Law Commission, would be held in Wellington on Wednesday (May 5th). All of this coincides with Privacy Awareness week (2-8 May 2010). Source: NZPA