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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.

Current Affairs

China Builds a Database of Americans’ Personal Information

We all know the dangers of the U.S. government gathering private information about its citizens but now there is a new government doing the same: China is collecting personal information about American citizens. China is building massive databases of Americans’ personal information by hacking government agencies and U.S. health-care companies, using a high-tech tactic to achieve an age-old goal of espionage: recruiting spies or gaining more information on an adversary, […]

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The RadioShack Bankruptcy shows You Can’t Trust a Company’s Privacy Pledge

I will suggest this article by Michael Hiltzik of the Los Angeles Times should be required reading by all consumers: Millions of RadioShack customers — as many as 117 million — may have taken the gadget chain at its word when it pledged that it would safeguard their personal information forever. “We will not sell or rent your personally identifiable information to anyone at any time,” the chain stated on […]

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NSA is So Overwhelmed with Data, it’s No Longer Effective, Says Whistleblower

In a lunch meeting hosted by Contrast Security founder Jeff Williams on Wednesday, William Binney, a former NSA official who spent more than three decades at the agency, said the US government’s mass surveillance programs have become so engorged with data that they are no longer effective, losing vital intelligence in the fray. That, he said, can — and has — led to terrorist attacks succeeding. Binney said that an […]

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Digital Shadow Exposes What Facebook Really Knows About You

You might not have previously heard of Digital Shadow, but it is a scary piece of software. No, Digital Shadow itself isn’t scary but what it reveals may really shock you. I ran Digital Shadow and found that most of the information it obtained from Facebook about me was correct but not threatening. Most of the same information can be found by a simple Google search. After all, I do […]

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Food for Thought: the Risk of Large Scale Surveillance

“The risk of large scale surveillance is that it can generate data sets that can be mined for information. Tracking can show networks of friends, attendance at political rallies, books read, movies watched, foods and alcohol consumed. Does this pattern match for a potential terrorist – can’t prove anything, but maybe you shouldn’t keep your job at Lockheed, or should get extra screening at the airport? Did you watch “little […]

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Mark Zuckerberg is Taking Extreme Measures to keep his Lavish New $10 Million Home Construction Private

It seems strange that Facebook is one of the most privacy-invasive companies on the Web and yet the CEO of the company is going to extreme lengths to protect his own privacy. All contractors working on Mark Zuckerberg’s new San Francisco home have been asked to sign non-disclosure agreements. Painters, house cleaners, carpenters, gardeners, landscapers, and anyone remotely associated with the house must sign the legal document, which prevents them […]

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