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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

Twitter Moves non-US Accounts to Ireland to Hide Them from the NSA

If live in the US and you have a Twitter account, your data is stored on servers within the U.S. so that NSA can access all your data. However, if you live anyplace outside the U.S., your Twitter data is stored in Dublin, Ireland, so that NSA cannot access your private information. The changes will be complete by 18 May 2015 and Twitter briefly explains them in a policy update […]

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Digital Shadow Exposes What Facebook Really Knows About You

You might not have previously heard of Digital Shadow, but it is a scary piece of software. No, Digital Shadow itself isn’t scary but what it reveals may really shock you. I ran Digital Shadow and found that most of the information it obtained from Facebook about me was correct but not threatening. Most of the same information can be found by a simple Google search. After all, I do […]

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Facebook Tracks Everyone

The Belgian data protection agency commissioned a report, released this week, looking into Facebook’s privacy practices in the European Union after an initial report found the site in violation of the EU’s data and privacy laws. However, the findings of the group’s second report are even more troubling. The researchers behind the study claim that Facebook tracks all visitors to the site whether or not they are registered users. They […]

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UN Creates a Digital Privacy Watchdog

This should be interesting. The top human rights body in the United Nations has voted to create a special watchdog dedicated to the right to privacy in the digital age. The new “Special Rapporteur” created by the Human Rights Council on Thursday will be tasked with investigating whether countries’ cyber spying programs unnecessarily violate people’s privacy and what people around the world can do to protect those rights. Gee, I […]

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Inside Canada’s Most Secretive Spy Agency

When Edward Snowden fled from the United States to a Hong Kong hotel room, and then on to Russia, he took with him a massive cache of documents from the American intelligence establishment. These would form the main part of the Snowden revelations, which ultimately showed the extent to which ordinary people have been spied upon by the services they use, and by their own governments.

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Facebook Still Cannot Tell You when it is Being Silenced by the Government

An interesting article in ZDnet describes the super secrecy used by the U.S. government to hide its spying on American citizens. The social networking giant received 14,274 regular requests from the US government, impacting 21,731 individual accounts. In four-out-of-five cases, some data was handed over. In most cases, a court-issued search warrant forced the handover of data. However, Facebook is not allowed to tell what personal data about you it […]

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Are You Giving Away Your Personal Information?

Would you give a stalker the street address of your home? Would you give a pedophile the precise location where your children play? If you have posted a picture online, you may have already done that. Pictures taken with GPS-equipped digital cameras usually embed the GPS coordinates within each picture. Most cameras have an option to turn this capability on or off, but the default setting usually is ON. Unless […]

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