It looks like we are still talking about budget woes; however, this one is close to home, the City of Santa Rosa. An editorial in the Press Democrat on April 26th, outlined some basic issues. It is not an easy task to balance the voters/taxpayers wishes against community services/benefits and the rapidly increasing cost of employee benefits. The voters did their part by voting to pay ¼ cent more in sales tax. I don’t envy the City Council; they have some tough decisions ahead.
Have you ever thought about how much information/data your cell phone collects and what it does with the information? There are thousands of apps (applications) that are downloaded by cell phone users; I do this myself, to make finding out information easier to access. However, I wasn’t aware, until recently, that app developers use ad kits provided by advertising partners. The kits collect data and send it back to the advertisers. The Wall Street Journal studied more than 100 apps and found that some apps use as many as 8 ad kits. It is disturbing that a company collects your information without permission; you can’t opt-out. You don’t know how the companies are protecting your information. Could it also put you at risk for identity theft? Preventing apps from collecting data might be impossible. There is no current solution other than to avoid apps or be very selective. Hopefully, this will be changing in the future but it will probably take legislation.
This weekend in Sonoma County it is Passport to Dry Creek Valley, call 707-433-3031 for information; also the Annual Bodega Bay Fish Festival, call 707-875-3866 is this weekend.