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“By continuing the process of inflation, governments can confiscate secretly and unobserved an important part of the wealth of their citizens.” – John Maynard Keynes, writing about the effects of a seemingly small amount of inflation every year.

Offline Privacy & Security

This Government Facial Recognition System May Be Using Your Photo Without Your Consent or Knowledge

The U.S. government’s National Institute of Standards and Technology has been using images of abused children, U.S. visa applicants, dead arrestees, and even travelers boarding aircraft in the U.S. to help train its Facial Recognition Verification Testing program. What’s more, the agency’s been doing it all without the knowledge of the people in those photographs. Your photo may be one of the ones being used. If so, you probably never […]

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Leaked Documents Show the U.S. Government Tracking Journalists and Immigration Advocates Through a Secret Database

There’s no surprise here. It is well known that the U.S. government secretly tracks citizens and non-citizens alike. Some attorneys claim this is illegal and even unconstitutional. (I’ll leave it to the attorneys to argue those points.) Now a secret tracking database has been exposed. The newly-exposed documents detail an intelligence-gathering effort by the United States and Mexican authorities, targeting more than 50 people including journalists, an attorney, and immigration […]

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For Personal Privacy, Use a Virtual Mailbox Address

Perhaps you don’t want your street address visible to everyone. Mail forwarding services typically provide a new street address for your postal mail and then will forward the received envelopes and packages to any address the customer specifies. Mail forwarding services have been available for years but now such services have moved into the digital age. You can have your physical mail sent to such a service and then have […]

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Some Methods to Defeat “Porch Pirates”

NOTE: This article isn’t really about privacy. However, it is about a related topic: reducing losses by theft, thereby increasing your personal security Online merchants, such as Amazon, have become valuable resources for consumers worldwide. Thanks to online merchants, consumers now have a wider variety of products to choose than ever before. In most cases, all of us can also save money, time, and gasoline by online comparisons of various […]

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Millions of Bank Loan and Mortgage Documents Have Leaked Online

Millions of documents were found leaking after an exposed Elasticsearch server was found without a password. The documents contained highly sensitive financial data on tens of thousands of individuals who took out loans or mortgages over the past decade with U.S. financial institutions. You can read the sad news in an article by Zack Whittaker in the TechCrunch web site at: https://techcrunch.com/2019/01/23/financial-files/.

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