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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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Civil Rights Groups Urge Large Facebook Advertisers to Boycott the Platform in July

Facebook totaled nearly $70 billion in ad revenue last year. The company also has a history of inaction against harmful content, including misleading and improperly targeted ads. The ads are targeted to YOUR specific political, financial, and other interests. How did Facebook find out all this information about you? By collecting all sorts of your personal information that you and other people posted on Facebook and elsewhere. Not a bad […]

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Hey! I Received My 2020 U.S. Census Form Today!

<div><img class=”alignright size-full wp-image-11030″ src=”; alt=”” width=”340″ height=”220″ />Of course, I am sure that several hundred million other households are also receiving their census forms this week. If you haven’t received yours just yet, I’d suggest you be patient and wait for a bit. The U.S. Postal Service probably cannot deliver several hundred million pieces of mail on the same exact day.</div> <div></div> <div>And, yes, I have already gone online […]

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FBI asks Apple to Help Unlock iPhones Belonging to Alleged Pensacola Shooter

This is both good news and bad news. Bad news: encryption is hiding information the FBI wants. Good news: encryption can hide personal information that foreign and domestic governments, corporations, thieves, and hackers around the world want to steal from you. You can read more in an article by Natalie Gagliordi in the ZDnet site at Questions I suggest everyone should think about:

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Now Even the FBI is Warning About Your Smart TV’s Security

Smart TVs are like regular television sets but with an internet connection. With the advent and growth of Netflix, Hulu and other streaming services, most saw internet-connected televisions as a cord-cutter’s dream. But like anything that connects to the internet, it opens up smart TVs to security vulnerabilities and hackers. Not only that, many smart TVs come with a camera and a microphone. But as is the case with most […]

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Facebook is a Hotbed of Impeachment Disinformation, According to Researchers

Here is another reason to never believe anything you read on Facebook or (even better) to cancel your facebook account: “Facebook has become a fertile breeding ground for disinformation about Congress’s impeachment inquiry, according to a new report by the civil society group Avaaz. “Material seeking to discredit the probe now accounts for some of the most viral fake content on the social media platform, researchers at the group said. […]

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We Must Stop Smiling Our Way Towards A Surveillance State

If you are not concerned with facial recognition and its related privacy issues because you believe you have nothing to hide, you NEED to read Steve Ranger’s article in ZDNet: “For sure, these technologies can have many benefits, from making it quicker to unlock your phone or recognising criminals in the street. But allowing these technologies to become pervasive without rigorous debate about the need for them, the effectiveness […]

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Edward Snowden says Facebook is just as Untrustworthy as the NSA

American whistleblower Edward Snowden is living a life of exile in Russia because he shared thousands of top-secret government documents with journalists. But six years after he exposed how the US government surveils the digital lives of everyday Americans, Snowden is not just worried about the powers of government agencies like the National Security Agency (NSA), he’s concerned about big technology companies, too. In an upcoming interview with Recode’s Kara […]

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How to Easily Identify a Would-be car Thief: Install a DashCam

Beaverton, Oregon police know exactly what one car prowler suspect looks like, thanks to a dashcam that caught him in the act. The woman whose dashcam recorded the crime noticed one of her car’s doors was hanging wide open on Friday morning. Prowlers appeared to have spent the previous night combing the parking lot, looking for unlocked cars. The woman’s Owlcam motion-activated dashcam caught one prowler completely by surprise, as […]

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