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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

It’s Official: NSA Spying is Hurting the US Tech Economy

Not only are the NSA’s actions illegal, they are also hurting the US economy. A recent article by Zack Whittaker published in the ZDNet web site tells how a number of foreign governments are no longer willing to purchase products from US companies because of the fear that NSA-created “back doors” in those products will allow the US government to spy on the foreign governments and on their companies and citizens. […]

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Obama Says He’s “A Strong Believer In Strong Encryption”

U.S. President Barack Obama spoke with Re/code recently on a variety of topics relating to technology. The talk included the president’s thoughts on encryption, which has been a controversial subject in tech circles lately after government officials (including Obama himself) have publicly complained about default encryption in modern communication tools. In the interview, he says he’s a “strong believer in strong encryption,” adding, “I lean probably further on side of […]

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Apple’s Tim Cook warns that Sacrificing Privacy ‘Risks Our Way Of Life’

Apple CEO Tim Cook has warned of “dire consequences” if tech companies can’t protect the privacy of those who use their products. Giving up our privacy to digital technologies exposes us to greater risks than just identity theft and financial losses—serious though those things are, Cook said in a brief speech at a cybersecurity summit in Silicon Valley on Friday. “History has shown us that sacrificing our right to privacy […]

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Facebook will soon be able to ID You in Any Photo

Facebook’s DeepFace system is now as accurate as a human being at a few constrained facial recognition tasks. However, the company claims it will use the technology not to invade your privacy but rather to protect it. Comment: I wonder how many people will believe THAT statement. he U.S. government has poured funding into university-based facial recognition research. And in the private sector, Google and other companies are pursuing their […]

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Ex-Morgan Stanley Employee Who Stole and Posted 900 Clients’ Personal Data is ‘Extremely Sorry’

The former Morgan Stanley employee who stole data from 900 of the firm’s wealth-management clients and posted it on the internet has come out with a statement. Information for as many as 350,000 wealth-management clients was stolen although the information posted online included information about only 900 of those clients. Galen Marsh is “extremely sorry for his conduct,” his lawyer told Michael J. Moore for Bloomberg Businessweek, insisting that Marsh […]

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You Don’t Need Credit Monitoring Services or Identity Theft Insurance

In fact, such coverage isn’t worth much and the few things it does accomplish are available free of charge elsewhere. In an article in the MarketWatch.com web site, Priya Anand writes: “The year 2014 saw an almost unrelenting avalanche of security breaches that struck retailers, banks and medical providers, among many others. At least 744 data breaches have been disclosed this year, with more than 115 million consumers’ records exposed, […]

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Privacy Concerns Raised about Vermont Town Reports of Births, Marriages, and Deaths

The Pittsford, Vermont Select Board’s December 17 board meeting discussed the fact that some residents are concerned that publishing birth, marriage, civil union and death names in the annual town report harms their privacy. The issue has been placed on the agenda for the next town meeting, according to a brief article in the Rutland Herald at http://www.rutlandherald.com/article/20141224/THISJUSTIN/712249902.

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New York Teen Identifies Mugger on Facebook

If you are a thief, you might not want to post anything on Facebook or other social networking sites. This week, a 15-year-old New York boy used Facebook to identify his mugger. On October 27, the victim had his wallet and cell phone snatched at a bus stop in Staten Island, New York. However, the victim thought he recognized the robber from around his neighborhood, and used Facebook to find […]

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