Saturday, August 2, 2014

Netiquette IQ - Another Court Ruling Against Privacy

 There have been a number of recent rulings which threaten email accessibility, privacy and possible monopolization. Below is one of the latest.
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U.S. court says warrant for access to all content of email account is justified
Government was granted a warrant to obtain emails and other information from a Gmail account
By John Ribeiro - Computerworld
July 21, 2014 06:16 AM ET

IDG News Service - A New York judge defended a controversial order that gave the government access to all content of the Gmail account of a target in a money laundering investigation, holding that courts have long recognized the practical need for law enforcement to seize documents if only to determine whether they fall within the warrant.
The opinion, which will likely fuel the privacy debate in the country, is at odds with decisions by judges in several courts including courts in the Districts of Columbia and Kansas, Magistrate Judge Gabriel W. Gorenstein of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York noted in an opinion Friday.
The District of Columbia judge had refused disclosure of the contents of an entire email account because that would allow the government to actually seize large quantities of emails "for which it has not established probable cause."
The court in Kansas criticized a similar warrant as it failed to "limit the universe of electronic communications and information to be turned over to the government to the specific crimes being investigated."
The New York court, in contrast, granted on June 11 a warrant that permitted law enforcement to obtain emails and other information from a Gmail account, including the address book and draft mails, and to permit a search of the emails for certain specific categories of evidence.
Courts have recognized that on-site searches of hard-disk drives of computers and other storage devices are not practical given the complexities of electronic searches, and have as a result allowed for the seizure or copying of such storage, Judge Gorenstein wrote. He held that the same applied to email accounts.
"We perceive no constitutionally significant difference between the searches of hard drives just discussed and searches of email accounts," the judge wrote. "Indeed, in many cases, the data in an email account will be less expansive than the information that is typically contained on a hard drive."
Responding to the opinion by the District of Columbia court that gave the government the option of getting the email host to search the emails, Judge Gorenstein wrote that Google employees would not be able to arrive at the significance of particular emails without having been trained in the substance of the investigation.
"While an agent steeped in the investigation could recognize the significance of particular language in emails, an employee of the email host would be incapable of doing so," he wrote.
The court did not also place any limits on the manner or time frame in which the emails should be searched or retained.
"For example, in a drug investigation, it might be obvious based on information from an informant or other source that emails referring to the purchase or importation of 'dolls' refers to cocaine, but investigators might only learn as the investigation unfolds that a seemingly innocuous email referring to purchase of 'potatoes' also refers to a cocaine shipment," the judge wrote.
Google could not be immediately reached for comment on the opinion.
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 In addition to this blog, I have authored the premiere book on Netiquette, "Netiquette IQ - A Comprehensive Guide to Improve, Enhance and Add Power to Your Email". You can view my profile, reviews of the book and content excerpts at:

 www.amazon.com/author/paulbabicki


 If you would like to listen to experts in all aspects of Netiquette and communication, try my radio show on BlogtalkRadio  and an online newsletter via paper.li.I have established Netiquette discussion groups with Linkedin and  Yahoo I am also a member of the International Business Etiquette and Protocol Group and Minding Manners among others. I regularly consult for the Gerson Lehrman Group, a worldwide network of subject matter experts and I have been contributing to the blogs Everything Email and emailmonday . My work has appeared in numerous publications and I have presented to groups such as The Breakfast Club of NJ Rider University and  PSG of Mercer County New Jersey.

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Netiquette IQ Tech Term of The Day - Bezier Curve

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Bezier curve
A Bézier (pronounced "bez-E-A") curve is a line or "path" used to create vector graphics. It consists of two or more control points, which define the size and shape of the line. The first and last points mark the beginning and end of the path, while the intermediate points define the path's curvature.
Bézier curves are used to create smooth curved lines, which are common in vector graphics. Since they are defined by control points, Bézier curves can be resized without losing their smooth appearance. Raster graphics, on the other hand, define each pixel within an image and appear blocky or pixleated when enlarged.
There are several types of Bézier curves, including linear, quadratic, and higher-order curves. A linear curve is a straight line defined by two points. A quadratic curve includes intermediate points that pull the control points, and therefore the path, in different directions. A higher-order curve may include additional intermediate points that fine tune how the path follows each control point.
The shape of a Bézier curve is calculated using interpolation, a method of approximating the path of the line between each control point. Since computer screens display graphics using pixels, Bézier curves are always approximated when displayed on a screen. If you zoom in on a Bézier curve using a drawing program or CAD software, you will see a more accurate representation of the path.
NOTE: Bézier curves are named after French engineer Pierre Bézier, which is why the "B" is always capitalized.
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 In addition to this blog, I have authored the premiere book on Netiquette, "Netiquette IQ - A Comprehensive Guide to Improve, Enhance and Add Power to Your Email". You can view my profile, reviews of the book and content excerpts at:

 www.amazon.com/author/paulbabicki


 If you would like to listen to experts in all aspects of Netiquette and communication, try my radio show on BlogtalkRadio  and an online newsletter via paper.li.I have established Netiquette discussion groups with Linkedin and  Yahoo I am also a member of the International Business Etiquette and Protocol Group and Minding Manners among others. I regularly consult for the Gerson Lehrman Group, a worldwide network of subject matter experts and I have been contributing to the blogs Everything Email and emailmonday . My work has appeared in numerous publications and I have presented to groups such as The Breakfast Club of NJ Rider University and  PSG of Mercer County New Jersey.

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Netiquette IQ Quotation of The Day - Confucious on Tone and Modesty

My blogs have addresses tone many times. Modesty is assuredly a significant part of tone, even for job seekers.
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He who speaks without modesty will find it difficult to make his words good.
Confucius
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 In addition to this blog, I have authored the premiere book on Netiquette, "Netiquette IQ - A Comprehensive Guide to Improve, Enhance and Add Power to Your Email". You can view my profile, reviews of the book and content excerpts at:

 www.amazon.com/author/paulbabicki


 If you would like to listen to experts in all aspects of Netiquette and communication, try my radio show on BlogtalkRadio  and an online newsletter via paper.li.I have established Netiquette discussion groups with Linkedin and  Yahoo I am also a member of the International Business Etiquette and Protocol Group and Minding Manners among others. I regularly consult for the Gerson Lehrman Group, a worldwide network of subject matter experts and I have been contributing to the blogs Everything Email and emailmonday . My work has appeared in numerous publications and I have presented to groups such as The Breakfast Club of NJ Rider University and  PSG of Mercer County New Jersey.

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Netiquette Basics For The Email cc: Field From Netiquette IQ



The Cc field

         Care must be given for ensuring that protection of privacy is absolutely provided for in this field, which is visible to all recipients. Those who are included here, as a rule, should be parties who have a direct interest in the subject. These people should not be addressed in the salutation or body of text, as their roles are passive, and are not expected to reply or take action unless explicitly asked to do so. If multiple responses are initiated, more addressees should not be added unless it is clear that the previous information is appropriate to those added. If this is not the case, the thread should be removed. Those who are included in the Cc field generally should not respond to the message without good reason.

            Many add bosses, supervisors, or persons of higher rank in a Cc. Most of the time, this is for good reason. However, to include such persons to override an opinion, seek to impress, or have motives outside the issue at hand should be seriously considered because of the risk of changing the tone, range, or spirit of the communication.

            Conversely, there are circumstances in email threads for dropping someone from a To, Cc, or Bcc field. Since threads can last for a number of messages, what began as a courtesy for some might become a nuisance to those receiving them. If there is diminishing or no further real significance for their involvement, Netiquette considerations should be given to determine if addressees should be dropped. Also, beginning a new mail thread might be the most useful way to disengage from longer threads.

            Besides maintaining appropriate form, content, and consideration, good Netiquette goes beyond these disciplines. Do not Cc groups if the email is to a supervisor or persons of authority. This can be interpreted in a very negative way and can prove to be a significant embarrassment.
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 In addition to this blog, I have authored the premiere book on Netiquette, "Netiquette IQ - A Comprehensive Guide to Improve, Enhance and Add Power to Your Email". You can view my profile, reviews of the book and content excerpts at:

 www.amazon.com/author/paulbabicki


 If you would like to listen to experts in all aspects of Netiquette and communication, try my radio show on BlogtalkRadio  and an online newsletter via paper.li.I have established Netiquette discussion groups with Linkedin and  Yahoo I am also a member of the International Business Etiquette and Protocol Group and Minding Manners among others. I regularly consult for the Gerson Lehrman Group, a worldwide network of subject matter experts and I have been contributing to the blogs Everything Email and emailmonday . My work has appeared in numerous publications and I have presented to groups such as The Breakfast Club of NJ Rider University and  PSG of Mercer County New Jersey.

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Netiquette IQ Technical Term of The Day - SMAC




SMAC (via techterms.com)
SMAC (social, mobile, analytics and cloud) is the concept that four technologies are currently driving business innovation.
SMAC creates an ecosystem that allows a business to improve its operations and get closer to the customer with minimal overhead and maximum reach. The proliferation of structured and unstructured data that is being created by mobile devices, sensors, social media, loyalty card programs and website browsing is creating new busines models built upon customer-generated data. None of the four technologies can be an afterthought because it's the synergy created by social, mobile, analytics and cloud working together that creates a competitive advantage.
Social media has provided businesses with new ways to reach and interact with customers, while mobile technologies have changed the way people communicate, shop and work. Analytics allow businesses to understand how, when and where people consume certain goods and services and cloud computing provides a new way to access technology and the data a business needs to quickly respond to changing markets and solve business problems. While each of the four priorities can impact a business individually, their convergence is proving to be a disruptive force that is creating entirely new business models for service providers.
The integration of social, mobile, analytics and cloud requires clear policies and guidelines as well as management tools that can automate business processes. The media company Netflix is often cited as an example of a business that has successfully harnessed the power of SMAC. For example, when a Netflix member streams a TV show from the Netflix cloud to their iPad, they are given the option of signing into Neflix with Facebook's social login.
After viewing a show, members are given multiple ways to provide social feedback. They can rate content with stars, write reviews and/or share what they just watched with friends on Facebook or Twitter. Customer data is stored in the cloud and Netflix can break down its analysis to such a granular a level that its recommendation engine can personalize suggestions for individual family members who share the same account, a concept known as 1:1 marketing.
Proponents of SMAC as a customer relationship management (CRM) strategy believe that 1:1 marketing (also called one-off marketing) should be the ultimate goal of every SMAC initiative. Critics worry that 1:1 marketing initiatives that aggregate customer data from disparate sources, especially data that is purchased from data brokers, may violate customer privacy and cause legal problems related to compliance and data sovereignty.
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In addition to this blog, I have authored the premiere book on Netiquette, "Netiquette IQ - A Comprehensive Guide to Improve, Enhance and Add Power to Your Email". You can view my profile, reviews of the book and content excerpts at:

 www.amazon.com/author/paulbabicki


 If you would like to listen to experts in all aspects of Netiquette and communication, try my radio show on BlogtalkRadio  and an online newsletter via paper.li.I have established Netiquette discussion groups with Linkedin and  Yahoo I am also a member of the International Business Etiquette and Protocol Group and Minding Manners among others. I regularly consult for the Gerson Lehrman Group, a worldwide network of subject matter experts and I have been contributing to the blogs Everything Email and emailmonday . My work has appeared in numerous publications and I have presented to groups such as The Breakfast Club of NJ Rider University and  PSG of Mercer County New Jersey.

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