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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.

Offline Privacy & Security

Apple, Google Bring Covid-19 Contact-Tracing to 3 Billion People

I don’t know if this is good news or bad news for private citizens. It seems to be blend of both. Here are a couple of quotes from an article by Mark Gurman in the Bloomberg web site with my own comments added in parenthesis: “Apple Inc. and Google unveiled a rare partnership to add technology to their smartphone platforms that will alert users if they have come into contact […]

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Thought for the day, 10 April 2020

“This shift is a bit like when websites moved from HTTP to HTTPS as the global standard: it lets consumers know that their information is protected by default… Unsurprisingly, these innovations have alarmed banks, regulators, and law-enforcement agencies. But just as the early Internet needed encryption to enable digital commerce, cryptocurrencies need privacy protections to unlock their full power and potential. Whether one needs to guard against authoritarian regimes, data […]

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DNA Testing Kits: What Are the Privacy Risks?

Call me paranoid but I do believe that some people who have their DNA tested are not aware of all the privacy issues. Quoting from an article by Victoria Mcintosh, a Certified Information Privacy Technologist, as published in the CompariTech web site at http://bit.ly/3csasuC: “Since DNA is health information, many users may expect the data is protected by privacy legislation. HIPAA, for example, is the well-known health privacy legislation in […]

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The Ultimate Method of Being Tracked

Do you value your privacy? Of course you do! Then why do you provide 24 hour-a-day tracking of your whereabouts to police, government agents, relatives, hackers, potential kidnappers, child molesters, or to would-be burglars who want to make sure you are not at home? NOTE: I am guessing your children might be near you. Another situation is that your older child(ren) might have his or her own cell phone and […]

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Anyone With a Camera and $5 Can Now Have a License Plate Reader

Yes, you can now invade the privacy of motorist just like your local police department. For some reason Rekor Systems thinks you need a license plate reader. The $5 per month subscription allows homeowners to add the company’s OpenALPR software to almost any home security camera. Details may be found in an article by Igor Bonifacic in the engadget web site at https://www.engadget.com/2020/01/30/watchman-openalpr-homeowners-launch/.

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Dashcam Flaw Allows Anyone to Track Drivers in Real-Time Across the US

BlackVue is a dashcam company with its own social network. With a small, internet-connected dashcam installed inside their vehicle, BlackVue users can receive alerts when their camera detects an unusual event such as someone colliding with their parked car. Customers can also allow others to tune into their camera’s feed, letting others “vicariously experience the excitement and pleasure of driving all over the world,” a message displayed inside the app […]

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