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.

Cell Phones

AT&T Claims “We don’t have to disclose any NSA co-operation, not even to shareholders.”

AT&T obviously is helping the U.S. government in its mass surveillance operations. The company claims that divulging such spying would almost certainly be classified by the U.S. government. This comes despite leaks that suggest a close relationship with the telecoms industry and federal intelligence agencies. AT&T said it complies with government data requests “only to the extent required by law.”

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Google Demanded T-Mobile, Sprint To Not Sell Google Fi Customers’ Location Data

According to an article in Slashdot: On Thursday, AT&T announced it was stopping the sale of its customers’ real-time location data to all third parties, in response to a Motherboard investigation showing how data from AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint trickled down through a complex network of companies until eventually landing the hands of bounty hunters and people unauthorized to handle it. To verify the existence of this trade, Motherboard paid […]

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You Should Uninstall the Weather Channel App from Your Smartphone. I did.

If you are concerned about your privacy, delete the so-called free Weather Channel app from your smartphone right now. Why? It isn’t really free. It steals your personal information. The Weather Channel app records the 45 million monthly active users’ locations every time the app is used, then sells the information to as many as 40 third-party companies without telling any users what is happening to their private information that was […]

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Why Every Smartphone Should Have A Dumb Mode

Mark Wilson has published an article in the FastCompany website that I hope every cell phone manufacturer’s engineers will read and consider. Wilson is in favor of smartphones but feels that each smartphone also should have a switch to convert it into a dumb phone. His definition of a dumb phone is that it would function like the old-fashioned flip phones and “candy bar” phones that make and receive phone […]

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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 […]

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How to Stop Apps From Tracking Your Location

According to an article By Jennifer Valentino-DeVries and Natasha Singer in the New York Times: “At least 75 companies receive people’s precise location data from hundreds of apps whose users enable location services for benefits such as weather alerts, The New York Times found. The companies use, store or sell the information to help advertisers, investment firms and others.” You can read more, including instructions on how to stop Android […]

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Connecticut Court Case Highlights the Security and Privacy of the Zello Walkie-Talkie App for Cell Phones

I have written about Zello several times. See https://duckduckgo.com/?q=site%3Aprivacyblog.com+zello&t=h_&ia=web for a list of my past articles about this very useful and very private cell phone app. Now it seems that a court in Connecticut has learned how private the app really is. Various laws require police officers to turn over their personal phone records, if subpoenaed and if the phones were used for official police business. New London police officers […]

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Your iPhone Reportedly can be Hacked by a $3,900 Device

Want to see what your friend (or lover or enemy or boss or anyone else) has stored in his or her iPhone? For only $3,900 US, you can find out. Oh yes, you will have to take possession of the iPhone for at least a few minutes, maybe for a few hours. The company selling the device, called DriveSavers, is also using strict identification protocols, in some cases requesting documents […]

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What Is Google Project Fi, and Is It Worth It?

Yesterday, I wrote an article entitled Google Adds Always-On VPN to its Project Fi Cellular Service. See http://bit.ly/2Pqlg4L to read the article. A couple of readers of this web site wrote and asked, “What is Google Fi?” In short, Google Fi is the best and cheapest cell phone service available for many people, but perhaps not for everyone. It fits my needs well. It may or may not fit your […]

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Google Adds Always-On VPN to its Project Fi Cellular Service

I have been an enthusiastic customer of Google’s Project Fi cell phone service for more than three years. I also always have a VPN (that I pay for) running all the time in my cell phone. You can read my past articles about the Project Fi cellular service by starting at: https://duckduckgo.com/?q=site%3Aprivacyblog.com+%22project+fi%22&t=h_&ia=web. I received a pleasant surprise today when I learned that Google is now offering a FREE VPN to […]

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