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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

Uncle Sam and the Illusion of Privacy Online

The U.S. government doubled its requests for Twitter user information in late 2014 compared with the year before. Most of the time, the publishing platform gave officials what they wanted. The U.S. government made twice as many requests for Twitter user information in the last half of 2014 compared with the year before, according to a detailed report out from Twitter this week. Details may be found at http://goo.gl/TRb1yy.

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12 Ways to Protect Your Facebook Privacy

Many web sites extract and save your personal information. However, perhaps the most flagrant violator of your privacy is Facebook. The online service brings a lot of pleasure to people – it’s an easy way to keep in touch, share photographs and it’s also a great source of information. But there is certain information you might be unwittingly sharing on Facebook that you would rather keep private. There are also […]

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Lawmakers Call for Investigation Into Verizon’s Use of Mobile “Supercookies”

I wrote about Verizon’s “Supercookies” or “Perma-Cookies” earlier at http://goo.gl/M3gNaU. When a Verizon customer visits from a mobile device, these supercookies allow third-party advertisers and websites to assemble a deep, permanent profile of visitors’ web browsing habits without their consent. I don’t like the idea of supercookies and apparently a lot of other people also do not. Those who question the practice of online tracking include several U.S. senators. The […]

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Health Insurer Anthem hit by Hackers, up to 80 Million Records Exposed

The second largest health insurer in the US has been the victim of what could be the largest data breach in the healthcare sector to date. As reported by the Wall Street Journal at http://goo.gl/TJO0VN (paid subscription required), the healthcare insurance provider admitted that hackers managed to break into a database containing the personal information of up to 80 million people, including customers and employees. Anthem says both current and […]

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The Federal Trade Commission Warns that Smart Gadgets Could be a Huge Security Risk

The Federal Trade Commission has issued a new report (at http://goo.gl/tfjlyy) that illustrates how vulnerable that makes us, urging consumers and businesses to make safe use and design of the gadgets a priority. The gadgets mentioned vary from home thermostat and lighting controls to driving monitoring devices used by insurance companies to baby monitors and wearable fitness gadgets — that can connect to the Internet and to each other. You […]

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