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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.

Online Privacy & Security

Breaking iPhone Encryption Won’t Make Anyone Safer

“Imagine all your tax documentation could be examined by officials from any government merely on suspicion. That’s the future some governments are pushing for when they demand that Apple put security backdoors into its products. “If the government’s demands are met, any security vulnerability will be exploited, enabling more of the bad activity backdoors intend to prevent.” That is the belief of security expert Jonny Evans in an opinion article […]

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A New, Easier Way to Access Web3: the “Blockchain Router”

Andrey Yushkevich is the creator of the “Blockchain Router” that was unveiled at CES 2020 last week. It is a little black box that uses the blockchain to provide decentralized, peer-to-peer access to websites hosted on the InterPlanetary File System, a popular protocol for file-sharing and hosting. In short, the “Blockchain Router” is a different and undoubtedly more advanced version of the old Tor Router software that was written from […]

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A New California Internet Privacy Law Returns Power to Consumers

Starting Wednesday, January 1, Californians will have the right to see what information companies are collecting about them and request they stop selling it. The landmark California Consumer Privacy Act has the potential to become a national law if other states follow or companies extend those rights beyond our state lines, privacy advocates say. Details are available in an article by Arlene Martinez USA Today at http://bit.ly/2F180Mk.

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Over 750,000 Applications for US Birth Certificate Copies Exposed Online

This is a major security breach. An online company that allows users to obtain a copy of their birth and death certificates from U.S. state governments has exposed a massive cache of applications — including their personal information. More than 752,000 applications for copies of birth certificates were found on an Amazon Web Services (AWS) storage bucket. The bucket, owned by a Barcelona-based company Onlinevitalus, wasn’t protected with a password, […]

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