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.

Offline Privacy & Security

Facebook Confirms It Collected Audio of People Talking to its Portal Devices and Had the Recordings Transcribed

If you have one of Facebook’s Portal Devices, you can assume that the words you thought were private when talking with your family were not private at all. In fact, your words may have been transcribed and are now saved for whatever use and whatever purpose Facebook wishes. Given the company’s past actions, we can assume the desire is to invade your privacy in some manner is planned so that […]

Continue Reading →

Facebook To Introduce New Streaming Device that can Watch and Listen to You

Facebook’s reputation for protecting user privacy has taken a lot of hits over the past several years. That’s why so many  consumers and advocates alike expressed alarm when Facebook first introduced its in-home hardware Portal last fall to compete with Amazon Echo. However, despite a cold reception for their first product, Facebook is preparing to release another device this holiday season that will specialize in streaming video. It makes sense […]

Continue Reading →

This Company Built a Private Surveillance Network

Government spying is invasive and obnoxious. However, perhaps an even bigger risk is the spying by corporations. One company maintains a surveillance database of 9 billion license plate scans (and growing), accessible by private investigators and most anyone else who can pay for the access. Who knows what these people will do with the information gleaned? The following is an excerpt from an article by Joseph Cox in the Motherboard […]

Continue Reading →

Russia Carried Out a ‘Stunning’ Breach of FBI Communications System

Here is one more reason why we cannot trust the FBI or any other government agency or law enforcement agency with “back doors” to encrypted information: the information obtained and supposedly kept secret by these agencies won’t be secret for very long. One of many examples is the recent revelation that Russian agents have dramatically improved their ability to decrypt certain types of secure communications and successfully tracked devices used […]

Continue Reading →

‘Burner’ Phones Aren’t Just For Criminals. Here’s Why You Should Have One.

While you might think a “burner phone” is something only a criminal may use to avoid being tracked by authorities, law-abiding citizens may also appreciate the privacy awarded by a burner phone. The details may be found in a article by Marc Saltzman in the USA Today web site at: https://tinyurl.com/privacy190912. Here is another idea: An even more secure and private “telephone” can be fashioned from an Apple iPod touch. […]

Continue Reading →

How to Use Clothing to Legally Trick Surveillance Cameras

If you want to avoid surveillance by automatic license plate readers, which use networked surveillance cameras and simple image recognition to track the movements of automobiles, one company suggests you wear one of their t-shirts. Or a dress. Or a hoodie. White hat hacker and fashion designer Kate Rose presented the inaugural collection of her Adversarial Fashion line at the recent DefCon cybersecurity conference in Las Vegas. Several different items […]

Continue Reading →

The Government has a New Way to Spy on You

From Simon Black’s SovereignMan newsletter: The Pentagon is currently testing high altitude surveillance balloons in several midwestern states. Flying at about 65,000 feet, the balloons are able to track multiple vehicles at once, in any type of weather, using radar. The Pentagon says the purpose of the solar powered unmanned balloons is to “provide a persistent surveillance system to locate and deter narcotic trafficking and homeland security threats.” The data […]

Continue Reading →