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.


A Perfect Example of Why Government Officials Don’t “Get It” about Encryption

It is both very sad and a little bit amusing when government officials who obviously do not understand how encryption works make public “demands” claiming that companies need to decrypt messages that might describe both legal and illegal conduct by citizens and residents of the country. The latest example may be found in an article by Jason Koebler in the Vice web site. In short, there are several very obvious […]

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Apple Privacy Officer says that ‘Building Back Doors’ to Access iPhone Data Won’t Help Solve Crimes

Several governments, including the U.S., are pressuring Apple and other manufacturers to add “back doors” to all products that offer encryption. The latest example is a demand on Monday of this week when the FBI sent a letter to Apple requesting assistance to extract data from password-protected iPhones used by a suspected mass shooter. You can read more about that “demand” in an article by Kif Leswing published in the […]

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FBI asks Apple to Help Unlock iPhones Belonging to Alleged Pensacola Shooter

This is both good news and bad news. Bad news: encryption is hiding information the FBI wants. Good news: encryption can hide personal information that foreign and domestic governments, corporations, thieves, and hackers around the world want to steal from you. You can read more in an article by Natalie Gagliordi in the ZDnet site at Questions I suggest everyone should think about:

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Scientists Develop ‘Absolutely Unbreakable’ Encryption Chip Using Chaos Theory

An international team of scientists claims it has achieved perfect secrecy cryptography, one that cannot even be decoded by quantum computing. The team has developed a prototype silicon chip that uses the laws of nature, including chaos theory. With no software or code to manipulate, traditional methods of cracking computer encryption are irrelevant, the scientists claim. This technology probably will not be available in consumer devices for a few years […]

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Cops see an Encryption Problem. Spyware Makers see an Opportunity.

In regular intervals, politicians demand that companies add backdoors to their end-to-end encrypted cloud services to enable law enforcements to easier persecute criminals. This demand ignores that any backdoor to encryption poses a severe threat to online security in general. An article in the Tutanota Blog explains why a backdoor is – and will always be – a stupid idea. The Trump administration is once again pushing for access to […]

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Facebook Tells US Attorney General It’s Not Prepared To Get Rid Of Encryption On WhatsApp And Messenger

Facebook said it would not weaken end-to-end encryption across its messaging apps, despite pressure from world governments, in a letter to US Attorney General Bill Barr and UK and Australian leaders. From a report by Ryan Mac in the BuzzFeed News: “People’s private messages would be less secure and the real winners would be anyone seeking to take advantage of that weakened security,” the company wrote to leaders in the […]

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Why You Want to Enable Encryption On Your Laptop

Experience is a great teacher. About ten years ago, someone broke into the trunk of my automobile and stole my business laptop computer while I was dining with friends in a local restaurant.Apparently, it was easy to get into the automobile’s trunk. Scratches on the trunk lid looked like a large screwdriver was used to “pop” the trunk open. I never recovered the laptop computer. Even worse, the thief probably […]

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