What follows below is an invite from the privacy team at Mozilla:
Terms and Conditions May Apply is a new documentary about Internet privacy with impeccable timing. The film is in select theaters across the country starting July 12th and will serve as the launchpad for a social action campaign (to be housed at trackoff.us) that will demonstrate public demand for stronger privacy protections, including baseline privacy standards. Last week the film was deemed a NYT Critics' Pick. About the film:
Terms and Conditions May Apply exposes what corporations and the government are learning about you with every website you visit, phone call you make, or app you download, with stories of surveillance so unbelievable they're almost funny. As privacy and civil liberties are eroded with every click, this timely documentary leaves you wondering: if your private information is for sale to the highest bidder, who's doing the bidding? In San Francisco, the film premieres at The Victoria Theatre on August 2nd at 7:15pm. Following the film will be a Q&A with the director, Cullen Hoback, and issue experts, including Harvey Anderson, Mozilla's SVP of Business and Legal Affairs and a representative of the ACLU Northern California.
Mozilla would like to invite you to attend a pre-screening reception from 4:30-6:30pm at our San Francisco office. We will be serving light appetizers and beverages, showing some film clips (including the 2012 privacy-related Firefox Flicks winners), and discussing Internet privacy.
Please RSVP for the Mozilla reception by end of day on Wednesday. See wiki.mozilla.org/SF for more info on our location. Our office is located in the former Gordon Biersch Brewery space on the Embarcadero and is convenient to BART, CalTrain, Muni, and ferry.
There are quite a few things that should be of concern for the average Internet user - your computer can do things that will cause you harm, someone can spy on your Internet traffic, one of your service providers can either sell your data or hand it over to the authorities; without your consent, knowledge, or even compensating you.
Additionally, there is the risk of an arbitrary website owner collecting and looking through your Web surfing behavior.
Unfortunately, all of these situations happen a few million times every second.
Not knowing that these things are happening is the enabling factor for a trillion dollar industry.
Ultimately, you should be uneasy with the possibility of having your identity stolen or being disqualified from opportunities, based on secretly collected data.
(excerpt from "Practical Privacy Protection Online For Free". Buy your Copy now)
Dr Tyrone Grandison
Executive. Technologist. Change Agent. Computer Scientist. Data Nerd. Privacy and Security Geek.