Australians Provide Fake Names Amid Census Privacy Fears

In the 2016 census, many Australians provided fake names and withheld their date of birth. A sharp drop in the number of respondents allowing authorities to keep their data archived for 99 years was also noted.

The first batch of data from last year’s bungled census was released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics on Tuesday with authorities insisting the information collected is useful. Privacy concerns plagued the half-billion-dollar exercise in the lead up to Census night on August 9 with several politicians, including independent senator Nick Xenophon, vowing to risk a $180-a-day fine by refusing to provide their names and addresses.

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Facebook Is Telling Your Friends Where You Are at All Times

Facebook’s “Nearby Friends” will show you the precise neighborhood your Facebook friends are located in when nearby as well as display the location of friends who are currently traveling. Luckily, you can turn off this feature to maintain privacy.

If you care about your online privacy, you have two different options to choose from:

  1. Stop using Facebook (and Snapchat, which has a similar offering)
  2. Read and follow the instructions at: http://time.com/money/4831793/facebook-turn-off-nearby-friends-snapchat-map/

Keep Your Identity Secret with a Fake Identity for Online Accounts

There is no law that says you have to use our real name online. For most web browsing, you can use a fake name, address, or phone number. This can be an effective method of blocking “tracking” and other methods of corporate spying that is designed to steal your personal information.

NOTE: don’t give fake details for legally-binding accounts, which could constitute fraud!

To create a new persona that won’t giving away your personal details, use the Fake Name Generator at http://www.fakenamegenerator.com/ to create a false name, address, phone number, birthday, financial details, and more.

What is the Future of Privacy, Surveillance and Policing Technologies under Trump?

“But Mr. Trump, with the power of the presidency and executive branch as a whole at his fingertips, has said little of how he intends to approach the authority he now wields over the country’s surveillance policies. As developing policing technologies continue to outpace laws restricting their use, and as Mr. Trump and top members of his administration like Attorney General Jeff Sessions take a hard line against illegal immigration, terrorism and crime, experts in constitutional law and civil liberties fear the lack of an accompanying conversation on privacy protections could contribute to the erosion of Fourth Amendment rights.

“The Fourth Amendment guarantees the ‘right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures.'”

The full article by Kathryn Watson of CBS News may be found at http://cbsn.ws/2s1g8DB.

Signal Private Messenger for Safe and Secure Text, Voice, and Video Messaging

“Privacy is possible. Signal makes it easy.”

Signal is a very popular safe and secure replacement for cell phone text messaging systems. Best of all, it is available FREE of charge. If you have an Android device, an iPhone, an iPad, or an iPod Touch, Signal will supplement or replace your present text messaging app. Your cell phone will continue to send and receive normal text messages as it always has plus it will now securely send and receive private, encrypted text messages to and from anyone else who is using Signal.

Millions of cell phone users have installed Signal and use it every day to keep their communications secure and away from prying eyes. Users include many senior politicians in Washington, business professionals, newspaper reporters, movie stars, sports professionals, and private individuals alike worldwide. It blocks credit card thieves, identity thieves, nosey neighbors, and (probably) government agencies from tapping into your private communications.

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