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Submission + - New browser fingerprinting site launched

AnonymousCube writes: The University of Adelaide and ACEMS has launched a new browser fingerprinting test suite.
On the site you can see what data can be used to track you and how unique your fingerprint is.
The site includes new tests such as detecting software such as Privacy Badger via how social media buttons are disabled and CSS only (no JavaScript or flash) tests to get screen size and installed fonts.

Submission + - SPAM: Your Employees Are Using Social Media at Work; Deal Wi

EclipseMicroMarkets writes:

A recent survey conducted by the Pew Research Center confirmed what I have long thought. Your employees are using social media at work- 77 percent of them. And I believe even that number is low.

Meanwhile, another recent survey, this one by CareerBuilder (h/t attributes smartphones to the fact that 20 percent of full-time workers say they work less than five hours per day.

It's not all bad news for employers. The same study found that evidence that workplace social media policies concerning impact on-the-job use. Workers whose companies have policies regulating social media use at work are less likely to use social media in certain ways:
  • 30 percent of workers whose companies have an at-work social media policy say they use social media while on the job to take a break from work, compared with 40 percent of workers whose employers do not have such policies.
  • 20 percent of workers whose employers have at-work social media policies say they use social media to stay connected to family and friends while on the job, compared with 35percentof workerswhose social media use is not regulated at work.
  • Only 16percentof workers whose companies regulate social media at work say they use social mediawhile working to get information that's helpful to their job, compared with 25percentof thosewhose workplaces have no such regulations.

What does all this mean? Despite the help that social media policies provide, employers that try regulate personal social media use out of the workplace are fighting a losing battle. I call it the iPhone-ification of the American workforce. No matter your policy, if your employees can take their smartphones out of their pockets to circumvent the policy, how can you possibly police workplace social media access? Why have a policy you cannot police and enforce? And, don't forget, the NLRB is watching, too.

Instead of regulating an issue you cannot hope to control, treat employees' use of social media for what it is — a performance issue. If an employee is not performing up to standards because he or she is spending too much time on the internet, then address the performance problem. A slacking employee will not become a star performer just because you limit his or her social media access; he or she will just find another way to slack off.

Jon Hymanis a partner at Meyers, Roman, Friedberg & Lewis in Cleveland. Comment below or email

Tags: Practical Employer, social media

The post Your Employees Are Using Social Media at Work; Deal With It appeared first on Workforce Magazine.

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Submission + - Grover lets you rent electronics on the cheap (

An anonymous reader writes: Shopping online for electronics can be overwhelming. First you have the tech blog reviews, and then the forums, and then the product page itself. Finding the right product, at the right price, can be difficult. That's where Grover (formerly ByeBuy) comes in. For roughly 5 percent of the retail price, users can rent electronics for a month and try before they buy. Plus, users can extend Read More

Submission + - Spotify Is Now Selling Your Information To Advertisers (

An anonymous reader writes: Spotify is now opening its data to targeted advertising. "Everything from your age and gender, to the music genres you like to listen to will be available to various third-party companies," reports Engadget. "Spotify is calling it programmatic ad buying and has already enabled it." The nearly 70 million people that currently use Spotify's free, ad-supported streaming service across 59 countries will be affected. The ads will audio-based and stretch between 15-30 seconds in length. The advertisers who buy ad spots will be able to look for specific users by viewing their song picks to find the best matches for the products they're selling.

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