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THE LATEST on Online Security, Bad Actors and the Like

Jeff Hall

Posted on December 9, 2015 15:15

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We want THE LATEST to be a fresh alternative to what's happening on the web. Let's talk about privacy.

At our new website, THE LATEST, we are going to bend over backwards to not share your information with anyone.  We won't sell your data to advertisers, we don't really care about what you search for while on our site.

If you are on our page called "the latest autos," of course you will see auto ads.  And if you type "bmw" into our search bar, you'll probably see BMW ads. 

But we won't tell BMW, "Hey, we just figured out Jim Smith is probably in the market for a BMW."

We also won't actively support the practice of "retargeting" ads.  Have you ever clicked on an ad, only to have that same advertiser chase you around the Internet for the next few weeks?  How does this even happen?

Well, they can do most anything with technology these days, and I'm not sure we can stop advertisers from chasing you onto THE LATEST if you clicked on an ad somewhere else before arriving here. 

But we won't participate in chasing you across the Internet based on things you clicked on while you were on THE LATEST.  In adopting this policy, we are giving up revenue opportunities, I'm sure.

We respect privacy, we really do -- even when it costs us.

But there are limits.

We want to be able to identify those who write columns or comments, so we ask for an email address to be attached to a user's account. 

If someone gets out of hand with hate speech or personal attacks or spam, we'll communicate with that person and ask him or her to tone it down. 

In a really outrageous case, we might block that individual first and ask questions later.  We really don't want THE LATEST to turn into a cesspool full of trolls or other bad actors. 

If you have a grievance about something, write a column suggesting how things could be better.  Be specific.  Make a recommendation.  Then our community of forward-looking people can discuss your ideas, with an eye toward making them even better.  THE LATEST is all about real progress that will improve the world.

We love a good debate.  We just want it to remain civil at all times. 

That was the easy one.  Now let's move into more difficult terrain.

Since we are not a big social media platform like Facebook or Twitter -- and we aren't nearly as technologically advanced -- I doubt any terrorists would ever choose to use our site to post terrorism-friendly messages or content.

Terrorists come in lots of shapes and sizes these days and they often use the Some are foreign, some domestic.  I just want all terrorists to know, in advance, THE LATEST will try and block any communications that seem inspired to do harm and we will cooperate with authorities seeking to investigate or block terror attacks. 

I know there is a big debate going on about privacy, encryption and the like.  People don't like to be spied on and the government wants more access to data so it can catch the bad guys (and gals) before they do harm. 

Again, we're not spying on anyone.  We aren't collecting data on you. 

But if something pops up on our site that looks scary or suspicious, I'll be the first to pick up the phone and alert authorities.  I would hate to think we suspected someone of preparing to do evil -- and we sat back and did nothing, all in the name of privacy -- especially if the suspected bad actor then went on to actually do something bad. 

We live in scary times.  THE LATEST wants to be a force for good.  We want people to come here and discuss things and come up with good ideas that will reduce the perceived grievances.  We are all about progress.  We want to attract a community of those who want to explore what's new, move things forward.

If you think I'm wrong about any of this, enlighten me, please.  

 

Jeff Hall, CEO

THE LATEST

Jeff Hall

Posted on December 9, 2015 15:15

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