Peter Kafka

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FTC Spanks Apple App Maker for Childrens’ Privacy Violations

This one got lost in yesterday’s news deluge: A developer that made apps for Apple’s iOS devices has paid the U.S. government a $50,000 fine for breaking rules designed to protect children’s privacy on the Web. The Federal Trade Commission charged W3 Innovations, the parent company behind Broken Thumbs Apps, with violations of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act on Friday, and announced a settlement Monday. PaidContent and Ars Technica have good coverage.

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik