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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

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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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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