Privacy Blog

"Friends don’t let friends get spied on.' – Richard Stallman, President of the Free Software Foundation and longtime advocate of privacy in technology.

India Says Law Permits Agencies To Snoop on Citizens’ Devices

The Indian government said on Tuesday that it is “empowered” to intercept, monitor, or decrypt any digital communication “generated, transmitted, received, or stored” on a citizen’s device in the country in the interest of national security or to maintain friendly relations with foreign states. Details may be found at: https://techcrunch.com/2019/11/19/india-intercept-monitor-citizen-computers/.

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Senators want Zuckerberg to Explain Why Facebook Still Tracks Your Location even When You Ask It Not To

Yes, Facebook sill lies to you. Why is that not a surprise? Two senators are asking Facebook to “respect” users’ decisions to keep their location data from the company. In a letter sent Tuesday, Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., and Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., asked Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to respond to questions about how the company collects location data through the new operating systems for Apple’s iPhones and Google’s Android. […]

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Ransomware is Growing Fastest, and Just Got Harder to Tackle

If you use Windows, you need to read the article by Steve Ranger in the ZDNet web site at: https://tinyurl.com/utqrle3. He writes: “Tech security company Bitdefender analysed Windows security threats including ransomware, coin miners, fileless malware, PUAs (‘potentially unwanted applications’ that can compromise privacy or security), exploits (attacks based on unpatched or previously-unknown vulnerabilities) and banking Trojans. “Bitdefender found that of all these threats, ransomware reports saw the biggest year-on-year […]

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Introducing Private.sh: A search engine that Cryptographically Protects Your Privacy

The following announcement was written by the Private Internet Access Research Team, a service of the company that sells Private Internet Access, a very popular VPN: Private.sh is a new private search engine that uses cryptography to ensure that your search history cannot be tracked by anyone – even us. Private.sh comes from the same privacy committed makers of Private Internet Access in partnership with GigaBlast – one of the few companies to have […]

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Volla Phone – a Linux-Based Smartphone to Keep You Completely Anonymous

A new Linux-based smartphone dubbed Volla Phone is listed on Kickstarter. The phone reportedly rethinks the entire approach to how we use our smartphones and all the features of the Volla Phone are based around protecting user anonymity. Here is a quote from the Volla Phone information on KickStarter: “Today’s smart phones know what we do and when. The deep integration of cloud services with Google Play in mobile operating […]

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US Court Rules Travelers’ Phones and Laptops Cannot Be Searched Arbitrarily

A federal court in Boston has ruled that US government agents cannot search phones and laptops of international travelers at airports and other US ports of entry without reasonable suspicion. With the ruling on Tuesday, any warrantless searches will now be deemed as violations of the Fourth Amendment. Details may be found in an article by Campbell Kwan in the ZDNet web site at: https://tinyurl.com/privacy191113.

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