Privacy Blog

"Friends don’t let friends get spied on.' – Richard Stallman, President of the Free Software Foundation and longtime advocate of privacy in technology.

Thoughts About Privacy

Hurricanes and Your Personal Data

The recent Hurricane Harvey, the present Hurricane Irma, and Hurricane Jose presently in tropical waters that might head northward all bring to mind questions, such as “How do I protect my personal belongings and information?” I cannot speak to protecting belongings. However, procedures are well known and can be used to protect your family documents, insurance policies, photographs, and much more of the paper we all accumulate. Many of the […]

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More on the Equifax Data Breach

This is an update to the brief article I published last week at: Equifax, which supplies credit information and other information services, said Thursday that a data breach could have potentially affected 143 million consumers in the United States. Literally over one third of the entire US population is at risk of identity theft now thanks to Equifax’s bungling. In reality, it will only affect adults as children normally […]

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When Visiting Political, Religious, Sexual, Drug-Related, or other Controversial Web Sites, Always Use a VPN

This is a bit of a follow-up to the previous article, Trump Administration Demands Data on over a Million Visitors to anti-Trump Site. The Trump administration is demanding web host provider Dreamhost turn over the logs of over 1.3 million visitors to an anti-Trump website it hosts, the company has revealed. The demand asks for the IP addresses and other information that could be used to identify anyone who visited […]

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In Less Than Five Years, 44 Billion Cameras Will Be Watching Us

As jaw-dropping as that figure is, it doesn’t seem so crazy when you realize that today there are already about 14 billion cameras in the world, according to data from research firms such as Gartner. Next to phones, other camera-hungry products will include robots (including autonomous cars), security cameras, and smart home products like the new Amazon Echo Show, according to LDV Capital, a VC firm that invests in visual […]

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5 Ways Your Security Is at Risk in the Office

Dan Price has written an article that I will suggest should be required reading for anyone who uses an employer’s computer(s). 5 Ways Your Security Is at Risk in the Office at outlines some risks you should be thinking about. I especially agree with a recommendation near the end of the article: “don’t keep any personal data on your employer’s network.” Again, the article is available at:

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Saturday is Data Privacy Day

January 28 is the yearly Data Privacy Day or Data Protection day. The purpose of this day is to raise awareness and promote privacy and data protection best practices and it is observed in the US, Canada, India and Europe. This day offers an opportunity to inform citizens about their rights with regards to their personal details as used by various governmental and private organizations. Data Privacy Day’s educational initiative […]

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Edward Snowden Says Privacy is the Most Important Right

Edward Snowden, the American NSA whistleblower, who’s currently living in Russia, joined via a webcam a Q&A for a screening in New York City of the new Oliver Stone-directed film “Snowden,” about Snowden’s life and his decision to leak NSA documents in 2013 exposing the extent of government surveillance on private citizens. “The common argument we have — if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear — […]

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Based on Its History, Apple Had No Choice But to Refuse to Cooperate with the FBI’s Request

In his dystopian book 1984, George Orwell predicted a worst-case scenario, a society in which Big Brother watches our every action and listens in on our every conversation. It might seem ironic, now, to remember that it was Apple, under the leadership of Steve Jobs, that ran that iconic TV commercial, aired in 1984, in which one brave soul challenged Big Brother.

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