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October is one of my favorite months with the Exceeding Expectations kids.  As you all know, our top priority for the kids is, and always will be, education. That said, every October we participate in two athletic events that I feel are significant in laying the groundwork necessary for them to be successful in the academic world and in their adult lives.  The first of these events is the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) triathlon, aptly called “The Best Day in Triathlon.” Here’s a brief overview from their website:  “In 1994, three friends started a triathlon fundraiser to help one man regain his independence after a tragic accident left him a quadriplegic. From one came many, and Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) took root in the belief that sports and an active lifestyle are a pathway to more in life. Since that fundraiser 25 years ago, CAF has been committed to breaking the financial barrier that individuals with physical challenges face to participate in sports and live a healthy and active lifestyle.”  Participating alongside challenged athletes in a very tough race gives our kids an additional perspective on their own lives. The racers on the course with them face obstacles that they

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Heads Up: The New Facebook Can Auto-Share Your Online Activities


Like most businesses, Boingo derives pleasure and value from engaging with our community. But fundamentally, we respect your privacy — after all, we’re consumers, too. We don’t like the idea of our personal information shared without our explicit consent. That’s why we researched the privacy implications of Facebook’s new auto-share, i.e., “Gestures,” and provided instructions for disabling the feature. The skinny on app auto-share:  Facebook’s new auto-share feature affects anyone who has added social apps to their Facebook account. Social apps are created by popular sites such as CNN, YouTube, Flickr, and Spotify. The apps connect a specific site to you Facebook account, allowing you to click “Like” or “Recommend” to share a news article, video, photo, or song to your Facebook news feed. The first time you share content from a site, you must first “allow” the site to access some of your information. As you can see from the above screenshot, apps typically request access to your “basic information,” including anything you’ve “made public.” In other words, access to personal data is limited to what you’ve chosen to post on your Facebook profile, as well any public action on your part, e.g., posting or “liking” articles. That was

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Is Spokeo a Threat to Internet Privacy?


Information-sharing website Spokeo has recently come under fire for allegedly providing detailed personal information about individuals to anyone who types in their name. According to this FoxNews article, Spokeo “purports to know your income, religion, spouse’s name, credit status and the number of people in your household. It even offers a satellite shot of your house, complete with an estimated value.” Does this sound like the type of information you’re okay with sharing publicly? I’m not okay with it. So I went to Spokeo to see which of my personal details were accessible. A search on my first and last name revealed six profiles that included addresses. Four of the profiles were not me. One profile listed my former residence and another listed my current residence. When I clicked on the profile with my current address, a pop-up appeared with a menu of personal data options. For a fee, I could gain access to a “full report.” I signed up for a 3-month account at $4.95 per month and gained access to the following details about me: Basic information: ethnicity, age, gender Complete home address with street and satellite views The number of occupants in my home (inaccurate) An average demographic