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Reminder: Zello for Cell Phones is not an Actual Walkie-Talkie, and Still Needs Internet Connectivity to Work

Note: This article is off-topic. That is, it is not about privacy or any related topics. However, if you are somewhere near the eastern seaboard of the United States this week, this is information you probably need to know. From the Apple Insider web site: With Hurricane Dorian approaching the coast of Florida, word is again spreading about “push to talk” iPhone app Zello. However, downloaders should be aware that […]

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FTC Fines Four Operations Responsible For Billions of Illegal Robocalls

I hadn’t thought about this issue until I read that four companies that made billions of illegal robocalls have now been caught and fined. I don’t think my phone has received a robotic robocall for the past several days. (I never answer calls from phone numbers I don’t recognize. If the caller hangs up without leaving a voice message I assume it was a marketing caller, probably a robo-caller.) The […]

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How Zello Became a Lifeline for Venezuelans Under Maduro

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 […]

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India Proposes Chinese-Style Internet Censorship

Personal privacy seems to be dying in India as the country moves to increased censorship by the government. Sadly, this trend is occurring worldwide, including here. According to an article by Vindu Goel in the New York Times: “India’s government has proposed giving itself vast new powers to suppress internet content, igniting a heated battle with global technology giants and prompting comparisons to censorship in China. “Under the proposed rules, […]

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Database Shows Information on School Shootings in US

Two postgraduate students in California have put together an unusual database. It has information on every school shooting in the U.S. over the past 50 years. One of the database creators, David Riedman, says his site allows you to search 16 different categories, ranging from suicides to fights. He calls his database a good tool for school administrators building budgets and making plans for school security. You can learn more […]

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