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Things We Don't Do: Remember You Forever

It isn't always immediately obvious what a tech company might be doing with your data. Because LinkLocker is designed to appeal to exactly the sort of people who might be uncomfortable with dumping their information into a black box and simply hoping for the best, we want to be as open as possible about what happens to the data you put into your LinkLocker account. To that end, we're publishing this series of articles tagged "Things We Don't Do," in which I discuss many of the Web's questionable practices and explain why we do not engage in those practices. In this post, I'd like to talk about the fact that LinkLocker does not hold onto your data in perpetuity. When you ask us to forget something, that's exactly what we do.

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Anomali Labs reports that 35 million voter records have been found for sale on a Dark Web marketplace. The data include both personal information and voting histories. Possible outcomes include identity theft and large-scale electoral fraud.

A café in Rhode Island is bringing the info economy to the offline world. Patrons pay for their coffee with personal info, which the café sells to marketers. Why do we want free coffee badly enough that we feel OK about creepy ads in our faces around the clock?

Your Life Insurance Company Wants to Keep Tabs on You Via Your Watch

A Canadian-owned life insurance company wants to track your health data and base your life insurance premiums on it:

John Hancock, one of the oldest and largest North American life insurers, will stop underwriting traditional life insurance and instead sell only interactive policies that track fitness and health data through wearable devices and smartphones, the company said on Wednesday.

There are lots of caveats to their actual approach given the highly regulated nature of the insurance industry, which may make this sort of situation sound ...

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Feedbin has decided to enable a number of privacy settings by default. It's really great to see other services starting to view privacy as a feature that their customers will want.

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