Privacy piracy

Here’s one of my cat eating my lunch: Instagram, the Facebook app that allows users to take and share photos, is having to explain a proposal to sell users’ photos to advertisers without compensation.

Instagram clarified that it would only use good photos, not the crappy shots most users take of their food and cats.

Cookie monsters: The makers of cellphone games and other apps intended for children are balking at proposed privacy standards that would restrict the use of data-tracking files known as “cookies.”

Fans of kids’ literature and the book “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie,” know how the story goes: If you give an app permission to leave a cookie, it will want to track your Amazon purchases. Then it will suggest that others who bought “Harry Potter” books bought these items as well. And would you mind terribly if it used a photo you took to sell something to a friend? And if it sells something to a friend, it will want to leave a cookie with your friend.

Don’t know much about history: On this day in 1843, Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” was first published.

In an early draft, Ebenezer Scrooge was the CEO of a software development company intent on tracking and selling to advertisers the cellphone user data of the Cratchit family, especially Tiny Tim.

More in Opinion

Editorial cartoons for Saturday, Jan. 20

A sketchy look at the day in politics.… Continue reading

Editorial: Help community colleges meet job training needs

Lost in the focus on K-12 school funding, have been the needs of community and technical colleges.

Schwab: The sentiment, not the word, is problem with Trump

Who shows more love for America: Those who seek to come here or the man who derides them?

Bravo to Port of Everett for employing veterans, reservists

Thank you to Everett for being a place a veteran such as… Continue reading

Thanks for gifts for youths with Cocoon House

Cocoon House would like to thank the community for its incredible generosity… Continue reading

Editorial cartoons for Friday, Jan. 19

A sketchy look at the day in politics.… Continue reading

Editorial: Eminent domain isn’t popular, but it’s fair

Everett Public Schools’ condemnation process assures fairness for property owners and taxpayers.

Ignatius: How military trains to let others do the fighting

The struggle for the U.S. military has been to accept letting other nations fight their own battles.

Milbank: Trump’s fine, but his Trumpism may be contagious

Trump may be in ‘excellent’ health, but has the White House doctor contracted his hyperbolic style.

Most Read