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.

Amnesty International Calls Facebook Surveillance An “Unprecedented Danger”

In recent months, Facebook has faced intense scrutiny from regulators and lawmakers around the world for its controversial data and privacy practices. Now, one of the largest and most powerful nonprofit organizations in the world has also weighed in. This week, Amnesty International said the business model of tech giants like Facebook and Google is “inherently incompatible with the right to privacy.” The venerable group also said that these companies’ […]

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Amazon Ring’s Policies are an Open Door for Privacy and Civil Liberty Violations

US Senator Edward Markey yesterday revealed the results of a months-long investigation into Amazon‘s Ring camera-doorbells and the company’s relationship with law enforcement. The Senator’s press team dubbed the findings “alarming” and called the company’s policies “an open door for privacy and civil liberty violations.” The press release is available at: http://bit.ly/2ObxAnb.

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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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