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Zello Walkie Talkie: Why App Downloads Are Soaring Ahead of Hurricane Florence

Are you facing a hurricane in your area? Or do you want to be able to communicate with friends and/or relatives during a hurricane and soon after? If so, read Zello Walkie Talkie: Why App Downloads Are Soaring Ahead of Hurricane Florence in the Yahoo web site at: https://yhoo.it/2p3WBTM. You can also read my previous articles about Zello by starting at: https://privacyblog.com/?s=zello.

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Cajun Navy, Houstonians are Preparing to Respond to Louisiana during and after Tropical Storm Gordon

This article isn’t about privacy, but I will suggest it does show an example of people being prepared for an emergency. Are you prepared? On March 30, I published an article entitled, The Zello App Can Help Save Lives During Major Storms and Has Many Others Uses Also. Click here to read the earlier article. In that article, I described why I think everyone should have the Zello walkie-talkie app […]

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Skype Now Offers End-to-End Encryption

Skype users can now make encrypted voice calls and text chats. The end-to-end encryption used by Skype means that your chats are encrypted from one end to the other, ensuring eavesdroppers can’t intercept your messages or listen into your conversation. It has taken a while for Skype to offer the feature, but it’s better late than never. However, be aware that encryption is an OPTION. Unfortunately, the default remains the […]

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Australians Who Won’t Unlock Their Phones Could Face 10 Years In Jail

Big Brother is alive and well and living in Australia. The Australian government wants to force companies to help it get at suspected criminals’ data. If they can’t, it would jail people for up to 10 years(!) if they refuse to unlock their phones. The government’s explanatory note says that the Bill could force a manufacturer to hand over detailed specs of a device, install government software on all cell […]

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U.S. Supreme Court says Police Need a Warrant for Historical Cell Location Records

The U.S. Supreme Court has said that law enforcement must first seek a warrant before obtaining historical cell phone location records from phone companies, upending a near-decade long practice by police. The court ruled 5-4 on the case, in what became one of the most awaited privacy legal decisions in the US this year. The so-called “Carpenter” case had centered on the eponymous Timothy Carpenter, a criminal who was caught […]

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Atom, World`s Smallest 4G Rugged Smartphone

NOTE: This article isn’t strictly about privacy. However, it is about a very small cell phone that should become popular and also works well with Zello, the privacy-oriented walkie-talkie app. Go to https://duckduckgo.com/?q=site%3Aprivacyblog.com+zello&t=h_&ia=web to see my previous articles about Zello. A review in the Digital Trends web site says, “The Unihertz Atom won’t replace your smartphone, but it’s perfect for outdoors.” While I haven’t yet had my hands on a […]

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Verizon To End Location Data Sales To Brokers

Verizon is pledging to stop sales through intermediaries of data that pinpoints the location of mobile phones to outside companies, the Associated Press reported Tuesday. From the report: The data has allowed outside companies to pinpoint the location of wireless devices without their owners’ knowledge or consent. Verizon said that about 75 companies have been obtaining its customer data from two little-known California-based brokers that Verizon supplies directly — LocationSmart […]

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Apple Watch gets Dick Tracy Walkie-Talkie Mode

You can be like Dick Tracy with a 2-way radio on your wrist! From an article by Megan Rose Dickey in the TechCrunch web site: “At Apple’s annual developer conference today, the company showed off a new walkie-talkie feature for Apple Watch. The app is uniquely called Walkie-Talkie.” “The first time you use it, you send a request to your friend, who can then accept or decline it. If they […]

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LocationSmart Knows Where You Are at (Almost) All Times and is Being Investigated for Selling that Information

The FCC has opened an investigation into LocationSmart, a company that is buying your real-time location data from four of the largest U.S. cell phone carriers in the United States. The investigation comes a day after a security researcher from Carnegie Mellon University exposed a vulnerability on LocationSmart’s website. It is bad enough that a company is selling your private information, namely real-time information showing where your cell phone is […]

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Google Could Face $4.3 Billion Claim in U.K. iPhone Privacy Case

iPhone users suing Google over data-collection claims may be seeking as much as 3.2 billion pounds ($4.29 billion), the search giant said in a court filing. The group representing iPhone users, known as Google You Owe Us, now includes 4.4 million people, according to documents filed with the court at a hearing Monday. The group says the Alphabet Inc. unit unlawfully collected people’s personal information by bypassing Apple Inc.’s iPhone […]

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