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.

This Company Built a Private Surveillance Network

Government spying is invasive and obnoxious. However, perhaps an even bigger risk is the spying by corporations. One company maintains a surveillance database of 9 billion license plate scans (and growing), accessible by private investigators and most anyone else who can pay for the access. Who knows what these people will do with the information gleaned? The following is an excerpt from an article by Joseph Cox in the Motherboard […]

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Russia Carried Out a ‘Stunning’ Breach of FBI Communications System

Here is one more reason why we cannot trust the FBI or any other government agency or law enforcement agency with “back doors” to encrypted information: the information obtained and supposedly kept secret by these agencies won’t be secret for very long. One of many examples is the recent revelation that Russian agents have dramatically improved their ability to decrypt certain types of secure communications and successfully tracked devices used […]

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Bitcoin Is a Hedge Against Government ‘Fiscal Irresponsibility’

Equities portfolio manager turned crypto fund executive Travis Kling has argued that Bitcoin (BTC) has come into its own as a unique hedge within the current macroeconomic climate. In an interview with CNN on Sept. 15, Kling argued that the specific properties of Bitcoin make it an exceptional insurance policy against monetary and fiscal irresponsibility from central banks and governments globally. He said:

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Facebook Says It Needs to Always Know Your Location, and Is Warning iOS and Android Users Against Turning It Off

This seems silly. Why does Facebook or most any other web site need to know your location? OK, if you are ordering a product online from Amazon or some other e-commerce site then I guess the owners of that web site do need to know the address to be placed on the shipping label. There may be some other examples as well. But Facebook??? Oh, I know why, Because the […]

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Use the Off-Facebook Activity Tool to Stop Being Stalked by Ads Online

From an article by Georgina Torbet in the Make Use Of web site: “Facebook has been the subject of significant criticism about its approach to privacy. Now the company is trying to rebuild trust with its users. One way it is doing this is by introducing tools which let users see their own Facebook data and take more control over this data. The Off-Facebook Activity tool allows use to control […]

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‘Burner’ Phones Aren’t Just For Criminals. Here’s Why You Should Have One.

While you might think a “burner phone” is something only a criminal may use to avoid being tracked by authorities, law-abiding citizens may also appreciate the privacy awarded by a burner phone. The details may be found in a article by Marc Saltzman in the USA Today web site at: https://tinyurl.com/privacy190912. Here is another idea: An even more secure and private “telephone” can be fashioned from an Apple iPod touch. […]

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Judge Calls Facebook’s Views on Privacy ‘So Wrong’ As He Allows Lawsuit to Proceed

A federal judge said Monday that Facebook has a warped idea of privacy after he ordered the company to face a lawsuit seeking damages from allowing third-party sites to harvest users’ data. “Facebook’s motion to dismiss is littered with assumptions about the degree to which social media users can reasonably expect their personal information and communications to remain private,” Judge Chhabria wrote. “Facebook’s view is so wrong.” The story by […]

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