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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

Facebook Says It Needs to Always Know Your Location, and Is Warning iOS and Android Users Against Turning It Off

This seems silly. Why does Facebook or most any other web site need to know your location? OK, if you are ordering a product online from Amazon or some other e-commerce site then I guess the owners of that web site do need to know the address to be placed on the shipping label. There may be some other examples as well. But Facebook??? Oh, I know why, Because the […]

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Use the Off-Facebook Activity Tool to Stop Being Stalked by Ads Online

From an article by Georgina Torbet in the Make Use Of web site: “Facebook has been the subject of significant criticism about its approach to privacy. Now the company is trying to rebuild trust with its users. One way it is doing this is by introducing tools which let users see their own Facebook data and take more control over this data. The Off-Facebook Activity tool allows use to control […]

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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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Judge Calls Facebook’s Views on Privacy ‘So Wrong’ As He Allows Lawsuit to Proceed

A federal judge said Monday that Facebook has a warped idea of privacy after he ordered the company to face a lawsuit seeking damages from allowing third-party sites to harvest users’ data. “Facebook’s motion to dismiss is littered with assumptions about the degree to which social media users can reasonably expect their personal information and communications to remain private,” Judge Chhabria wrote. “Facebook’s view is so wrong.” The story by […]

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A U.S. Senator Claims Mark Zuckerberg should face “the possibility of a prison term”

Is there no end to stories about Facebook’s many misdeeds? Now Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) says” Mark Zuckerberg has “repeatedly lied to the American people about privacy,” Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) said in a recent interview with the Willamette Week, a Portland alternative weekly newspaper. “I think he ought to be held personally accountable, which is everything from financial fines to—and let me underline this—the possibility of a prison term.” Zuckerberg, […]

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Hong Kong Protestors Using Mesh Messaging App China Can’t Block

How do you communicate when your government censors the internet? With a peer-to-peer mesh broadcasting network that doesn’t use the internet. Perhaps there is a message here for everyone else, protestors and non-protestors alike: when your government is spying on you and even blocking your online cellular and internet access, use an alternate method of communicating. Thanks to San Fransisco startup Bridgefy’s Bluetooth-based messaging app, the Hong Kong protesters can […]

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Idka: the Best Social Network that You Probably Never Heard Of

I don’t know why this competitor to Facebook and other web sites doesn’t get more publicity. Maybe it is because the company doesn’t have a multi-million dollar advertising budget? According to Wikipedia at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idka: “Idka AB is a collaborative social networking platform headquartered in Sweden. Idka allows you to connect, share, store and share documents and files, while keeping your data completely safe. Idka is advertising-free, and fully encrypted. The […]

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