(Yes – I’ve changed this entry. I dug a bit and it got more interesting.)
I’ve been on my hobby horse recently about the majors (and indeed web users oursleves) paying lip serving to “taking privacy seriously” but then going through a wholesale move in the other direction, I have been getting more and more concerned about little messages when reading web pages that ask me to install extra bits of software.
The most common is “ActiveX” at the moment, but others seem to be coming out of the woodwork all over the place. Microsoft seem to be behind most of them… “Silverlight” is a new alternative to flash – but since it requires me loading software, who’s checking that the software is protecting my rights? But at least I know what “Silverlight” is. Yesterday I downloaded a web page and found Microsoft installing new stuff . What does Microsoft think I should do when something called “data access services” is requesting access to my computer?