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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.

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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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Top Voting Machine Vendor Admits It Installed Remote-Access Software on Systems Sold to States

“The privacy of the voting booth?” There’s not much privacy there. The nation’s top voting machine maker has admitted in a letter to a federal lawmaker that the company installed remote-access software on election-management systems it sold over a period of six years, raising questions about the security of those systems and the integrity of elections that were conducted with them. In a letter sent to Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) […]

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