brynndragon: (Default)
Dear Paypal,
When your security measures prevent me from dealing with the fact that my Paypal account got hacked by asking me to do things I can not do because my account got hacked, you fucking lose. Forever.

I can't even close my account because in order to do so I need to provide the full credit card number (and let me tell you how reassuring *that* is) for the credit card I canceled because my account got hacked. Is there any alternative to Paypal?
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Dear Paypal,
When your security measures prevent me from dealing with the fact that my Paypal account got hacked by asking me to do things I can not do because my account got hacked, you fucking lose. Forever.

I can't even close my account because in order to do so I need to provide the full credit card number (and let me tell you how reassuring *that* is) for the credit card I canceled because my account got hacked. Is there any alternative to Paypal?
brynndragon: (Rosie)
One last thing: apparently Google did *not* give Buzz to all Gmail users. In particular, people who have special privacy protection such as The Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act (e.g. people whose schools are providing them with Gmail accounts for e-mail) were not even given the option of using Buzz at all, much less auto-Buzzed and auto-follow(ed/ing). The implications of that are pretty ugly, crossing the line from stupidity to malice - someone at Google told the team there *was* the potential for privacy violation and they went ahead with it anyway for people who don't have legal protection against such violation.

What does that tell me? That we the general public should be asking for a law to grant us privacy protection rights in a similar fashion. It saddens me that a freakin' law needs to be made, but it would be difficult to find a more clear-cut example of the difference between having legal protection and not having that protection. I am going to contact Kerry, Brown, and Capuano about this.
brynndragon: (Rosie)
One last thing: apparently Google did *not* give Buzz to all Gmail users. In particular, people who have special privacy protection such as The Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act (e.g. people whose schools are providing them with Gmail accounts for e-mail) were not even given the option of using Buzz at all, much less auto-Buzzed and auto-follow(ed/ing). The implications of that are pretty ugly, crossing the line from stupidity to malice - someone at Google told the team there *was* the potential for privacy violation and they went ahead with it anyway for people who don't have legal protection against such violation.

What does that tell me? That we the general public should be asking for a law to grant us privacy protection rights in a similar fashion. It saddens me that a freakin' law needs to be made, but it would be difficult to find a more clear-cut example of the difference between having legal protection and not having that protection. I am going to contact Kerry, Brown, and Capuano about this.
brynndragon: (Internet Arguement)
If you're wondering why I just unfollowed/blocked you on Google Buzz, don't take it personally - I've unfollowed/blocked everyone until Google can figure out how privacy works (a hint: not like this). If you want to do that yourself, just click on the Buzz link (mine is on the left side above the Inbox link) and click "Edit" at the top to change the name (because OMG my full real name was attached to my non-real-name Gmail account and multiple other people's real names/Gmails for days and I didn't even know - until just now I never even clicked on anything to do with Buzz, much less posted anything), then click on the "has $foo followers" to block people and "is following $foo" to unfollow people.
brynndragon: (Internet Arguement)
If you're wondering why I just unfollowed/blocked you on Google Buzz, don't take it personally - I've unfollowed/blocked everyone until Google can figure out how privacy works (a hint: not like this). If you want to do that yourself, just click on the Buzz link (mine is on the left side above the Inbox link) and click "Edit" at the top to change the name (because OMG my full real name was attached to my non-real-name Gmail account and multiple other people's real names/Gmails for days and I didn't even know - until just now I never even clicked on anything to do with Buzz, much less posted anything), then click on the "has $foo followers" to block people and "is following $foo" to unfollow people.
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Sick of trying to navigate beep menues or explain your troubles to a computer over the phone? I present: Paul English's IVR Cheat Sheet. Courtesy of a mailing list that occationally discusses motorcycles.
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Sick of trying to navigate beep menues or explain your troubles to a computer over the phone? I present: Paul English's IVR Cheat Sheet. Courtesy of a mailing list that occationally discusses motorcycles.

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