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Online Privacy & Security

Political Staffers Move To Signal—Here’s Why That Matters

If this wasn’t such a stupid story, it would be humorous. Government officials in several countries have recently demanded that all encryption software should contain “back doors” so that that law enforcement officials, government spies, and other government officials can read everything that you and I read or write. That means that local governments would have access and undoubtedly very soon worldwide hackers, thieves, and foreign governments, would figure out […]

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Trump Administration Targets Your ‘Warrant-Proof’ Encrypted Messages

The Trump administration has revived the debate over “end-to-end encryption” — systems so secure that the tech companies themselves aren’t able to read the messages, even when police present them with a warrant. Administration officials want the encryption software providers to build so-called “back doors” into their products so that law enforcement officials can read all you most private messages and other writings. You can read more in an article […]

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ISPs Sue Maine Claiming a New Web-Privacy Law Violates Their Free-Speech Rights

It seems that Internet Service Providers are now claiming they have a right to spy on their customers’ web usage and to sell the private information they found to the highest bidder. Someone has a RIGHT to steal your personal information and resell it, claiming it is freedom of speech? I seems ludicrous but the article by Jon Brodkin the the Ars Technica web site at http://bit.ly/39Onkce explains the latest […]

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# Privacy-Focused Messenger Signal is Ready to go Mainstream and Take On Whatsapp

Signal continues to experience a stunning growth rate as the Play Store reveals that Signal has been downloaded between 10 million and 100 million times already. Combined with founder Moxie Marlinspike’s statement that more than 40% of Signal users are on iOS, you get a respectable (but still comparatively small) number. Of course, the foundation also continues working on improving privacy. Marlinspike shares that the team has a “secure value […]

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The Ultimate Method of Being Tracked

Do you value your privacy? Of course you do! Then why do you provide 24 hour-a-day tracking of your whereabouts to police, government agents, relatives, hackers, potential kidnappers, child molesters, or to would-be burglars who want to make sure you are not at home? NOTE: I am guessing your children might be near you. Another situation is that your older child(ren) might have his or her own cell phone and […]

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India’s Proposed Internet Regulations Could Threaten Privacy Everywhere

This could become a HUGE threat to online privacy everywhere: This week, with India poised to unveil new rules that threaten encrypted communications around the world, it seems safe to say that the encryption fight is now fully underway. Details may be found at: https://www.theverge.com/interface/2020/2/14/21136273/india-internet-rules-encryption-privacy-messaging.

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