Time we start going through the privacy and data policy of tools we teach in our technology sessions

I often run technology sessions for educators and professionals. Lately, I have been updating my lesson plans with an activity where I ask the participants to research the privacy and data policy of the services we are exploring. I feel it is important for us to know the company and their policies before we start posting our data. It is also a good idea to know if a service is popular, are their any negative comments regarding the service and how well has the company supported users.

Below  is an excerpt from a workshop on Evernote. The participants will have to  google for the answer to these questions. I am hoping it becomes a habit with me and my students. We should’nt join a service unless we spend some time looking at the policies or at least finding more information about the company.

What is Evernote’s data policy?

Who owns your data?

Under what conditions will Evernote pass your information to other services?

How long have they been in business? 

Who are the competitors and alternative services?

Into the pirate land

I was reading some of Conrad’s old stories set in South East Asia - mostly about the brave sailors and evil pirates. A hundred years on and there are pirates of a different kind here. The software pirates.

We were in a shopping mall in KL and we spotted several pirate stalls selling all the very latest software and DVDs. I got talking to one of the pirates. He was friendly enough. I asked him if was was concerned about the authorities cracking down on his business. He said they were doing it for the fake DVDs but he was pretty sure that it won’t happen for software.

A good name for a company selling imitation phone covers and accessories.

A shop was selling some old national geographic (50s thru 80s) , was very tempted to get it. But have no home, where to keep it.

Pirate shop, full house.

Lindows is a low cost linux based OS. The Pirates have not even spared Lindows.

Big time gaming. Game companies have figured out how to make money in-spite of the pirates.