You can run but you cannot hide from China’s new “Super Camera”! As ABC News reports, the new camera system is being referred to as a “Super Camera” due to the detail it can capture. Developed by Fudan University in conjunction with the Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics of Chinese Academy of Sciences, the camera is 500 megapixels, meaning it can be positioned in a stadium packed […]
An activism director and a legislative analyst at the Electronic Frontier Foundation has co-authored an essay arguing that the key to children’s safety online “is user empowerment, not censorship,” reporting on a recent hearing by the U.S. Senate’s Judiciary Commitee: https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2019/07/key-safety-online-user-empowerment-not-censorship.
White House officials apparently want to give a great “free gift” to credit card thieves, identity thieves, hackers, the spy agencies of foreign governments, and others who wish to do you harm. According to an article by Eric Geller in the Politico.com web site: “Senior Trump administration officials met on Wednesday to discuss whether to seek legislation prohibiting tech companies from using forms of encryption that law enforcement can’t break […]
OK, so this reportedly was an error by Facebook employees so perhaps we cannot blame the company. Or was it a deliberately-created “error” secretly performed by employees to warn customers about Facebook’s business practices? You can decide for yourself after watching the video and reading the article by Charlie Osborne in the ZDNet web site at: https://zd.net/2VMzz2m. With Facebook’s reputation, everyone knows that Big Brother Facebook is watching everything you […]
Last weekend, New Zealand Privacy Commissioner John Edwards took to Twitter to blast the social media giant for its slow action and profit motives. Details may be found at: http://bit.ly/2DbvuxM.
Do you use Apple products? An iMac, MacBook, iPad, iPhone, or even the Apple Watch? If so, you will want to read the article by Jason Perlow and watch the video in the ZDNet web site at: https://zd.net/2CGnu7w. Actually, it’s a good article for anyone UNDER the age of 35 as well.
I have written several times about the private communications app called Zello. See https://duckduckgo.com/?q=site%3Aprivacyblog.com+zello&t=h_&ia=web for my past Zello articles. Zello has many uses , especially in catastrophes such as hurricanes, tornados, floods, forest fires, traffic jams, and more. It has also been used to coordinate anti-government activities in Russia. Now the Venezuelans are using Zello as a crucial tool for Venezuelans protesting widespread hunger and political oppression under dictator Nicolás […]
UPDATE: A few hours after this article was published, an agreement to allow unpaid Federal workers to go back to work and be paid was announced. Obviously, that is great news even though it is only a temporary agreement. However, do not expect immediate resolution of the problems detailed in this article. The employees face a big backlog of work to be done that probably will require days, or even […]
Millions of people are cutting the cords of landline phone service and have switched to cellular or VoIP (internet calling) services. You might think, “That’s nice, but I like my wired landline phone. I plan to keep it forever.” I bet you will change your mind before long. You may not change it today, but I suspect you will change within a very few years. When you do, you probably […]
Our friends (?) at Facebook have submitted a patent application for technology that claims it can predict who your family and other household members are, based on images and captions posted to Facebook, as well as your device information, like shared IP addresses. The application, titled Predicting household demographics based on image data, was originally filed May 10, 2017, but made public this week. The system Facebook proposes in its […]