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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

FCC Votes to Propose New Privacy Rules for Internet Service Providers

The Federal Communications Commission is officially proposing to begin regulating how Internet service providers handle user privacy. The agency is looking to restrict the companies’ ability to share with advertisers and other third parties the information they collect about what their customers do online. However the proposals only cover Internet service providers, not the thousands of other companies that collect personal information, such as credit reporting agencies, Facebook, Google, and […]

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Anyone Can Remotely View Thousands of Insecure Desktops

This is a major security problem! If your computer is not configured properly, it is possible that anyone with Internet access can view what is happening on your computer’s screen right now. The problem affects Windows, Macintosh, and Linux systems that use the very popular VNC software. NOTE: All Macintosh systems have VNC installed although Apple calls it “screen sharing.” The software is turned off by default but many Mac […]

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Google Fined by French Privacy Regulator

Google was fined $112,000 on Thursday by France’s data protection watchdog for failing to comply with demands to extend a European privacy ruling across its global domains, including making changes to in the United States. The financial penalty is for violation of the “right to be forgotten” ruling issued in 2014 by Europe’s top court. The ruling allows anyone with connections to Europe to ask search engines like Google […]

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After Apple, is WhatsApp the US Government’s Next Crypto Target?

I wrote earlier at about the excellent security and privacy in WhatsApp, a replacement for text messaging. WhatsApp uses end-to-end encryption, which means only the recipient and sender can see the messages. Government and individual hackers cannot tap into the messages because of the heavy-duty encryption used. An article by Liam Tung in ZDNet speculates that WhatsApp’s encryption is too good. He reports WhatsApp,  the world’s largest mobile messaging service, could […]

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Britain Sets ‘Bad Example’ on Surveillance, Says UN Privacy Rapporteur

Britain is setting a bad example by legitimizing rather than outlawing mass surveillance, according to the UN’s privacy rapporteur, Joseph Cannataci. The criticism comes in a report to the UN Human Rights Council examining mass surveillance around the world. Britain is singled out as setting a bad example because of the government’s attempt to bring into law a number of new spying measures. Details are available in an article at […]

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Evernote Defends User Data Security and Transparency

One of the big concerns about using any application that stores data online is security. Is your personal information safe and secure from identity thieves, credit card scammers, and government snoops? It is reassuring to read a recent article from the folks at Evernote, detailing the security of your personal data when stored in Evernote. It says, in part: We created Evernote to be your digital brain. Shortly after we […]

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