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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

The Amnesiac Incognito Live System (Tails)

Possibly the most secure of all available operating systems available today is Tails, an abbreviation for The Amnesiac Incognito Live System. If you are concerned about privacy of your email messages and also the ability to visit web sites without being tracked, you should become familiar with Tails. Luckily, that is easy to do. It boots on almost any Windows computer from a USB drive, DVD drive, or a SecureDigital […]

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Facebook to Face Privacy Violation Lawsuit over Scanning Users’ Messages to Target Ads

A judge in Oakland, California ruled on Tuesday that Facebook does indeed have to face a class action lawsuit charging that the social media firm violated user privacy when it scanned the contents of users’ messages for the purposes of targeting advertising to those users. The suit alleges that until October 2012, when the social network says it stopped the practice, it scanned the content of private messages sent between […]

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Will Google Sell All Your Email Messages To Your Grandchildren?

A fascinating article by Matt Novak states: “We now know that governments around the world are vacuuming up virtually everything that passes through the Internet. And we trust companies like Google, Facebook, Apple, VISA, and Amazon with all our personal information. We’re constantly asking what these companies are doing with our information today. But maybe the more important question is, what will these companies do with our data far into […]

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Privacy will be Considered a Luxury by 2025

Today’s notions of privacy will be eroded significantly within the next decade as growing reams of personal data are willingly exchanged for the convenience of living our lives online. That’s the prevailing view among the more than 2500 industry experts from around the world – including academics, legislators and staff at global companies such as Google, Microsoft and Yahoo – who were quizzed on the future of privacy and security.

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Crypto-Chat Quickly and Securely Encrypts Peer-to-Peer Conversations

The following announcement was written by Indiana Technology and Manufacturing Companies (ITAMCO): Cupertino, California – iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users who are worried about hackers, thieves and others snooping on their private peer-to-peer conversations, can now put their worries to rest by downloading the innovative new no-cost app Crypto-Chat – which has already been described in 5-star App Store reviews as “perfect for anyone needing to hide messages from […]

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24 Privacy Authorities Worldwide Call For More Mobile App Privacy

Last week, the increased focus of national data protection authorities on the processing of personal data through mobile apps was again confirmed in an open letter from a group of data protection authorities. Earlier this year, the Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN, consisting of 40 national and regional data protection authorities) carried out a ‘mobile app privacy sweep’ to scrutinize organizations’ collection and use of personal data on mobile apps. […]

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Defying Feds, Microsoft Tries to Keep User Data Private

Woody Leonhard has written an article about Microsoft’s efforts fighting a federal search warrant demanding that the company release emails stored in Ireland. The article describes why you should be extremely concerned by a U.S. court’s actions — and what you can do about it. You can read Woody’s article at: http://windowssecrets.com/top-story/defying-feds-ms-tries-to-keep-user-data-private.

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