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"Friends don’t let friends get spied on.' – Richard Stallman, President of the Free Software Foundation and longtime advocate of privacy in technology.

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US Border Patrol Says It Won’t Search Travelers’ Cloud Data

I am not sure if this is reassuring that they won’t do it or if it is scary because others are doing it: “US border patrol officers don’t have the authority to examine data stored in the cloud when they search travelers’ phones, the US Customs and Border Protection has acknowledged. “The agency clarified that while it can search electronic devices at the border without consent and in most cases […]

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Sia – a Safe, Secure, Affordable and Very Private File Storage Service in the Cloud

Most computer users are familiar with the leading online file storage services, including Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, SugarSync, SpiderOak, Apple iDrive, Amazon Web Services S3, and a number of others. However, many people are reluctant to use any of these services because of concerns about security, privacy, and/or expenses. Sia plans to meet those concerns by providing low-cost file storage capabilities that are even more secure than any of […]

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Storj.io, a Distributed, Encrypted File Storage Service Where Only You Have Access to Your Data

Storj.io (pronounced “Storage eye oh) is a proposed new service for storing data in the cloud. The data can be anything you wish. I suspect most users will use Storj.io as a file backup service, keeping copies of critical files off site and available at any time. Storj.io’s primary goal is to provide a cloud storage solution that is substantially faster and 50% less expensive than traditional data center-based cloud […]

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Evernote Says, “Never Mind”

This is a follow-up to Wednesday’s article, Some Evernote Employees Can See Your Notes. Apparently Evernote experienced a big backlash from its customers after announcing the planned changes to its privacy policy that would have permitted some employees to view the content of users’ notes. Evernote CEO Chris O’Neill issued an apology of sorts yesterday for the company’s “poor communication” around the policy, and pointed out that users’ information would […]

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Some Evernote Employees Can See Your Notes

UPDATE: Click here to see an update to this story Do you think your Evernote notes are private? Think again. The company says that changes which go into effect on January 23, 2017, will give some Evernote employees the right to look at notes posted by anyone using the service. So much for privacy! I have been a big fan of Evernote and I have thousands of notes in their servers. I […]

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pCloud: Better than Dropbox?

Dropbox is a very popular service. However, it certainly is not perfect. My biggest complaint with Dropbox is that it has a rather weak method of encryption for storing your data on Dropbox’s servers. (See https://goo.gl/G7cxNF for an explanation of Dropbox’s encryption weaknesses.) Dropbox employees can read your personal data. If Dropbox receives a court order demanding they supply copies of your personal data to some government agency, the company must do […]

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