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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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Comcast Starts Throttling Mobile Video, Will Charge Extra for HD Streams

Well, that didn’t take long! Net neutrality was killed by the FCC only a few weeks ago and now one company has already raised its prices and will slow any streaming videos from its competitors. Are you surprised at what the bureaucrats and politicians provided for you? The sad details may be found in an article by Jon Brodkin in the ArsTechnica web site at: http://bit.ly/2KsoJNH.

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Voices of Millions of UK Taxpayers Stored By HMRC

The voices of millions of taxpayers have been analyzed and stored by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) without consent, privacy campaigners say. Big Brother Watch says HMRC’s Voice ID system has collected 5.1 million audio signatures and accuses the department of creating “biometric ID cards by the back door.” The Voice ID scheme, which was launched last year, asks callers to repeat the phrase “my voice is my password” to register. Once […]

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The Russian Government wants to Block Zello, But Can It Really Do that?

I wrote about Zello, the free walkie-talkie emulation software for cell phones, a few days ago at http://bit.ly/2Ej5vlB. It is a great app that gives users excellent one-to-one and one-to-many communications capabilities. Now the Russian government thinks that Zello is an evil thing. Well, it is evil in the eyes of a repressive government. The Russian government wants to block all usage of Zello. It seems that Zello is another […]

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Shonin Streamcam Wearable Camera: Is that a good thing? Or a bad thing?

I don’t know if this is protection for your own privacy and your body or if it is an invasion of privacy for you and everyone around you. I’ll let you decide. You know those bodycams that many police officers wear? Those are frequently in the news. Law enforcement wants them, many politicians are pushing for them, and communities that already have a strong police presence in their neighborhoods are […]

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More on the Equifax Data Breach

This is an update to the brief article I published last week at: http://bit.ly/2wTe9VF. Equifax, which supplies credit information and other information services, said Thursday that a data breach could have potentially affected 143 million consumers in the United States. Literally over one third of the entire US population is at risk of identity theft now thanks to Equifax’s bungling. In reality, it will only affect adults as children normally […]

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Equifax says Data Breach Could Potentially Affect 143 Million US Consumers

Equifax, which supplies credit information and other information services, said Thursday that a data breach could have potentially affected 143 million consumers in the United States. The population of the U.S. was about 324 million in 2017, according to Census Bureau estimates, which means the Equifax incident affects a huge portion of the country.  Chances are that YOUR information was stolen. Be on the lookout for  possible identity theft. Equifax […]

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