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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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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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How Businesses Fail to Protect Customer Info

Most Internet users should know by now that personal digital security is in large part our own choice and responsibility. But in truth, our electronic security is also in the hands of the companies we do business with — and they’re not all taking that fact seriously. With the seemingly weekly revelations of hackers stealing our names, email addresses, credit-card numbers, passwords, and so forth from corporate databases, it’s small […]

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