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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

Correct the Privacy Problems in Windows 10

To improve application reliability, Windows 10 collects anonymous “telemetry data” like device IDs, device types and application crash data — which does not include content or files. Windows 10 also remembers the common words you type into text messaging conversations to provide completion suggestions. Microsoft claims that Windows 10 does not scan the content of your email, files or other communications for targeted advertising purposes. Nonetheless, the company is collecting […]

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UN Privacy Chief Says the British Surveillance State is ‘Worse than Orwell’s 1984’

UN Special Rapporteur on Privacy Joseph Cannataci has described Britain’s oversight of surveillance as a “bad joke” and said the situation is worse than anything author George Orwell imagined in his dystopian novel “Nineteen Eighty-Four.” Cannataci said the UK has the weakest oversight of surveillance in the western world. He called for a Geneva Convention-style law for the internet to safeguard privacy and combat the threat of digital surveillance.

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The Most Secure Way to Communicate? An iPod Touch

If you want to communicate really securely, you may assume you need some government level spy training, a high tech encrypted phone, or at least a custom operating system. Nope. Not at all. It turns out the most secure communications device available to anyone, anywhere, right now is the humble iPod Touch. At least, that’s what Joseph Cox reports in Wired. After reading the article, I suspect he is correct. […]

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​Sick of Windows spying on you? Go Linux

Good advice from Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols at he writes, “You can try to turn Windows 10’s data-sharing ways off, but, bad news: Windows 10 will keep sharing some of your data with Microsoft anyway.” By the way, this web server runs on Linux. I also use a Linux system for accessing my bank account, investment account, and for a few other online services where I want very high security.

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