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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

Privacy as a Service Advocates Promise Better Data Protection

John P. Mello Jr. of TechNewsWorld and ECT News Network has written an article that I found interesting: Privacy as a Service Advocates Promise Better Data Protection. Perhaps I was interested because he gave a brief quote from me. However, with or without the quote, I still found the story interesting as he describes the latest methods of maintaining privacy in an online world. Mello first describes one project of […]

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Algorithms Claim to Hunt Terrorists While Protecting the Privacy of Others

I’ll believe this when I see it. However, an article in claims: “Computer scientists at the University of Pennsylvania have developed an algorithmic framework for conducting targeted surveillance of individuals within social networks while protecting the privacy of “untargeted” digital bystanders. As they explain in this week’s Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), the tools could facilitate counterterrorism efforts and infectious disease tracking while being “provably privacy-preserving”—having […]

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Oscobo, a New Privacy Focused Search Engine

Ever since the Snowden revelations, privacy search engines and privacy in general has been a very popular topic on the Internet. Oscobo at is a new privacy focused search engine that shares similarities with established players such as Startpage or DuckDuckGo. The creators of the search engine promise that they don’t track users and don’t set cookies on user computer systems, and that users are not profiled in any […]

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Privacy-as-a-Service from Dispel

I have to admit that “Privacy-as-a-Service” is a new buzzword for me. I had not heard of that until I read an article by Rob Marvin in that describes an offering from a new start-up called Dispel. The service promises to leverage ephemeral cloud infrastructure to safeguard business data. While the term “business data” is prominently mentioned, the new service is aimed at businesses and individuals alike. Dispel claims […]

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Researchers Confirm Backdoor Password in Juniper Firewall Code

On December 17, Juniper Networks issued an urgent security advisory about “unauthorized code” found within the operating system used by some of the company’s NetScreen firewalls and Secure Service Gateway (SSG) appliances. The vulnerability, which may have been in place in some firewalls as far back as 2012 and which shipped with systems to customers until late 2013, allows an attacker to gain remote administrative access to systems with telnet […]

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Is Facebook’s Photo-Tagging System Violating Privacy Law?

Nearly 1 trillion photos, spread across 1.2 billion users worldwide. Since 2010, Facebook has been using those photos to fuel a powerful facial recognition engine. When you upload a photo of someone, Facebook will almost always know who that person is, encouraging you to tag them and let them know. Thanks to the mountains of data, it’s become one of the most advanced facial recognition systems available, far beyond the […]

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OwnCloud: Build Your Own Secure File Storage System

File storage space in the cloud is all the rage these days and for good reason. Services including Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud, Box, OneCloud and probably a dozen others offer low-cost, high-security online file storage space to individuals and businesses alike. Optionally, most of these services also offer the ability to share some of the files with others, such as with friends, relatives, or business associates. However, a few people […]

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