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.

Cops see an Encryption Problem. Spyware Makers see an Opportunity.

In regular intervals, politicians demand that companies add backdoors to their end-to-end encrypted cloud services to enable law enforcements to easier persecute criminals. This demand ignores that any backdoor to encryption poses a severe threat to online security in general. An article in the Tutanota Blog explains why a backdoor is – and will always be – a stupid idea. The Trump administration is once again pushing for access to […]

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Facebook Tells US Attorney General It’s Not Prepared To Get Rid Of Encryption On WhatsApp And Messenger

Facebook said it would not weaken end-to-end encryption across its messaging apps, despite pressure from world governments, in a letter to US Attorney General Bill Barr and UK and Australian leaders. From a report by Ryan Mac in the BuzzFeed News: “People’s private messages would be less secure and the real winners would be anyone seeking to take advantage of that weakened security,” the company wrote to leaders in the […]

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WhatsApp will Stop Working on MILLIONS of Smartphones Worldwide in 2020

WhatsApp will stop working on Windows Phone after December 31, 2019. The app also ends Android 2.3.7 and iPhone iOS 8 support from February. Users of these operating systems are already unable to create new WhatsApp accounts or re-verify existing accounts. WhatsApp has long been plagued with various security problems. NOTE: See https://duckduckgo.com/?q=site%3Aprivacyblog.com+whatsapp&t=brave&ia=web to find a list of past articles in this blog concerning WhatsApp. Most of those articles Managers […]

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Trump Administration Drops Plans for Mandatory Face Scans of Citizens

Good news: The Department of Homeland Security is dropping plans to propose a regulation requiring all travelers — including U.S. citizens — to have their photos taken and faces scanned by facial recognition technology when entering and exiting the country, according to multiple reports. The proposed rule was slated to be issued in July of next year and would be part of a larger effort by U.S. Customs and Border […]

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FTC officially rules that Cambridge Analytica deceived Facebook Users

There’s no surprise here: More than 18 months after the scandal first broke, the Federal Trade Commission has officially ruled that Cambridge Analytica deceived consumers through its data-gathering practices. Details may be found in an article by Colin Lecher in TheVerge web site at: https://www.theverge.com/2019/12/6/20999078/ftc-cambridge-analytica-facebook-users-official-ruling-privacy-scandal.

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Amazon is Getting Free Access to NHS Medical Data

“As fear mounts in the UK at the prospect of the NHS being sold in part or in whole to the US, the government has decided to give Amazon access to National Health Service data for free. “The arrangement means that Amazon will be able to access ‘healthcare information, including … symptoms, causes, and definitions’. The tech giant will be able to use the data in conjunction with Alexa to […]

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Google Maps tracks everywhere you go. Here’s how to automatically delete what it stores.

You may be shocked at how much Google (and Facebook and Amazon and numerous other online sites) know about you and your life. You probably will want to delete all information these online giants know about you. Actually, you cannot delete EVERYTHING they know about you but at least Google gives you an option to delete SOME of their stored information concerning your privacy. You can check it out in […]

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