Privacy Blog

"Friends don’t let friends get spied on.' – Richard Stallman, President of the Free Software Foundation and longtime advocate of privacy in technology.

Email Security

Email Privacy Requires New Federal Protections

“The government is essentially using an arcane loophole to breach the privacy rights of Americans,” said Republican U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder of Kansas. “They couldn’t kick down your door and seize the documents on your desk, but they could send a request to Google and ask for all the documents that are in your Gmail account. And I don’t think Americans believe that the Constitution ends with the invention of […]

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Obtain a Disposable Email Address

Privacy is something that is often missing on today’s Internet, and signing up for dodgy online services using your real email address is one way to have that privacy instantly violated. Whether it is spam offering you a totally fantastic sex life, or your desire to email sensitive information without being identified, you always need to create a buffer between the spammer and the “real you”. That buffer is a […]

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A Plan to Block Mass Surveillance by NSA, GCHQ and Others

The intelligence agencies of the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom (collectively known as the “Five Eyes”) collect and share huge amounts of data electronically. All of these countries spy both on their own citizens and foreigners alike. In addition, the United States has relationships (including various levels of intelligence data sharing and assistance) with Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, […]

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Google Accused of Handing Over Emails to US Authorities

Sarah Harrison of WikiLeaks has stated: All we know is that the US government asked for everything to do with any and all Google accounts that we hold. That would include all emails, including deleted emails, contact lists, IP addresses that we logged on from. This really shows a blanket, organizationwide attempt to gather any and all information on us. And what’s interesting about our email accounts is that – […]

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Hushmail: a Privacy-Oriented Email Service with Built-In Encryption and no Third-Party Advertising

When you send an email without using encryption it can potentially be monitored, logged, analyzed and stored by your employer, your Internet service provider and other parties. In fact, Gmail and some other email services even have “software robots” that read your email messages in order to display targeted advertising. In some countries, including the United States of America, government sponsored projects have been set up to collect massive amounts […]

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How to Hide Your Real Email Address from Marketeers, Spammers and Other Obnoxious Pests

The sending of e-mail filled with advertising is a common and odious activity. Thousands of web sites gather email addresses and then bombard you with their advertising. You might sign up for a newsletter or some other free service on a web site, and then they start flooding your in-box with advertising messages two or three times a week or even more often. I had a recent experience of just […]

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