privacy

Do Online Quizzes Have a Hidden Agenda?

Posted on 03/31/2014 by | AARP Social Media Strategy/Trainer | Comments

TechnologyWhat city should you live in? Which Love Boat character are you? What superpower should you have? Fun quizzes are all the rage online these days. Buzzfeed (which says I should live in Portland, Ore.) is leading the charge, but even the scholarly Pew Research Center (“How Millennial Are You?”) and the New York Times (“How Y’all, Youse and You Guys Talk”) have a hand in the fad. The exercises are addictive, shareable, entertaining. So what’s not to like? Here’s …

What Personal Information Is Your Mobile Device Sharing?

Posted on 02/12/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Public Policy Institute | Technology“Always on and always on you” describes the extent to which consumers have integrated cellphones, smartphones and tablets into their daily lives. How deeply do consumers depend on these mobile devices? One survey found 44 percent of cell owners have slept with their phone next to their bed because they were afraid to miss any calls, text messages or other updates during the night. As mobile device use continues to increase, there is growing concern that consumers are unaware how …

Do Granny Cams in Nursing Homes Protect or Intrude?

Posted on 01/2/2014 by | Legal Grounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayImagine that your mother is in a long-term care facility. On your weekend visits, she’s told you that the nurses and aides there are taking things from her, pinching her and refusing to change her diapers when she soils them. You want to believe your mother, but you’ve been told that her nursing home is one of the best in the state. You also know that your mother has mild dementia and that when you gently raise the issue with …

Stay Safe in the Health Insurance Marketplaces

Posted on 09/20/2013 by | AARP Executive Vice President | Comments

PoliticsThis week, the Obama administration announced a comprehensive, interagency initiative to fight fraud, prevent privacy violations, and protect consumers in the Health Insurance Marketplaces. AARP applauds this effort, and we encourage the administration to continue to take steps to protect and defend consumers from unscrupulous practices — especially people under the age of 65 who will soon be eligible to sign up for the marketplaces. Unfortunately, we know that there are scam artists who will try to take advantage of Americans as …

Could a Smartphone Save Your Life?

Posted on 06/17/2013 by | Health | Comments

Bulletin Today | TechnologyBy Elizabeth Stawicki, Minnesota Public Radio, Kaiser Health News It’s one of those unhappy holiday surprises — a visiting family member gets sick. That happened to Dr. Farzad Mostashari last Thanksgiving. “My dad comes downstairs and he has acute pain in his eye where he had cataract surgery. And I said, ‘What’s the matter, what’s the story?’” recalled Mostashari, who lives in Bethesda, Md. “And he said, ‘Well, I think they put the wrong lens in my eye, I’d gone …

Prepare your Facebook Security Settings for New Search

Posted on 01/16/2013 by | AARP Social Media Strategy/Trainer | Comments

TechnologyFacebook announced this week it will make it a lot easier to search your personal page along with all of your friends. It’s called the Facebook Graph Search. While this announcement does not change your privacy settings on Facebook, it means if you’ve ignored your privacy settings, now is a really good time to check it out. (Facebook wrote up more details about how privacy works with the new search.) Facebook says the graph search will take already existing information …