YouTube Privacy: Blur Faces In Video

Posted by Unknown | March 31, 2012 |

Google's video sharing platform, YouTube, has been a center of incessant lawsuits from aggrieved individuals as most people are featured in videos by users without their consent or express approval. The terrific media platform has thereby suffered continuous criticism from various Privacy Advocacy Groups.

YouTube's director of communications and policy, Victoria Grand, has hinted on the inclusion of a new technology that will enable users to blur the faces of people in videos, as the case may be, allowing users to edit the videos so that a complainants face is blurred.

The face blurring tool will serve as additional privacy control option on the video sharing platform, as critics had argued for the possibility of concealing the faces of individuals in questionable instances.

Google had earlier demonstrated the image blurring technology capability in dealing with aggrieved parties in its Street View Images Controversy

The enhancement to video editing tool to blur faces may be coming to YouTube in the next few months, so users are hereby enjoined to avail themselves of the new privacy tool when uploading videos that may generate controversy.

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Mobile Web: Next Privacy Call

Posted by Unknown | March 24, 2012 | ,

The extent of tracking users on the mobile platform has been a great privacy challenge, with the latest location-based technologies, there seems to be no feasible sign of containing the exploit. And coupled with the growing need of monetizing the social networking platforms on mobile application, the exploit may even take a more intrusive nature.

Mozilla is reportedly working on an open-source operating system for tablet devices and smartphones that will support its revolutionary "Do Not Track" feature on mobile.

The OS is code-named 'Boot to Gecko (B2G), and based on the Linux kernel. Also referred to as 'Open Web Devices Platform' - the Linux-based mobile OS, still in early developmental stage, is billed to introduce comparative privacy standard to the Mobile Web.

B2G will be overtly web-centric, bringing the full flavor of the web to the mobile platforms. All B2G apps will be live online (web apps), accessible directly instead of downloading to the device.

Privacy and security will be built from the foundation up, unlike the conventional mobile-app system whereby a single vendor controls all available apps, Boot to Gecko, will support multi-platforms and vendors applications.

The 'Do Not Track' option helps maintain privacy only when the concerned developer updated its app to respect the security user-demand. And unfortunately, there is wanting the legislation to compel all developers to comply with the 'Do Not Track' command.

However, the fact that Mozilla had envisioned a project built on security and privacy as a basic architecture, maintaining open all aspects of the design and implementation is rather more user-centric than just plausible. So, the call goes to all mobile web users, practice 'Safe Browsing'.

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Enter Google Play

Posted by Unknown | March 06, 2012 | ,

Google has launched a new service to replace the Android Market Place. The service is called Google Play, and among other things, it promises to bring virtual fun to the mobile experience according to the company blog, as the hassles of endless syncing across mobile devices is now eliminated.

Google Play, is duped a digital entertainment center, a place where you share music, movies and apps on the web, as well as on your Android devices. It's entirely Cloud based, bringing the mobility advantage to users, either on your PC or on smartphones.

The new service incorporate, Google Music, Android Market and Google eBook Store as one service. The Android Market will be upgraded to Google Play in the countries where the service is available in the coming days according to Google.

Android has proven a great platform as it now accounts for the major mobile browser share ahead of Opera Mini according to a recent StatCounter Analytics.

The celebration tagged '7 Days To Play' promises making the service for users in the U.S. and Canada available for a special discount price with assorted music titles, movies and eBooks. Google's long time goal is to continue rolling out credible services across the platform.

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