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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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Privacy in a Digital World

The intensive collection of data and the inherent advantages of the new technology have spawned the cynical idea that privacy is dead, and we might as well just get used to that fact. However, Tehilla-Shwartz Altshuler disagrees. Tehilla is a Senior Fellow and head of the Democracy in the Information Age Program at the Israel Democracy Institute. In an article in the TechCrunch web site, Tehilla describes three aspects of […]

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If You Have Something to Hide, Make Sure You Hide It!

A recent article in the U.Today web site tells of the experience of a Norwegian billionaire who openly bragged to friends that he owned $11 million worth of Bitcoin. Unfortunately, too many people heard about the Norwegian’s investment success. The man soon jumped off his balcony to escape from a home invader who threatened him with a shotgun. The criminal was going to lay his hands on the billionaire’s $11 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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‘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. […]

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