Four in 10 People Have Deleted a Social Media Account in the Past Year Due to Privacy Worries

Privacy concerns and the circulation of fake news are contributing to people’s distrust of content on social platforms, said the study by public relations consultancy Edelman, with 70 percent of respondents expecting businesses and advertisers to put pressure on social media sites to address false information and remove offensive content.

“We learned that there is a serious lack of confidence in social media in all regions of the world. This is a cry from the heart; people are scared. They are outraged about the violation of their privacy, and uncertain about the truth because of the plague of fake news,” said the consultancy’s president and CEO Richard Edelman in a statement emailed to CNBC.

Details may be found in an article in the CNBC News web site at: https://cnb.cx/2K41Ui8.

Encrypted Messaging Isn’t Magic

“Encrypted communication used to be too complicated for mainstream use, but approachable apps like WhatsApp and Signal have become a no-brainer for digital privacy. With all of their security-minded features, like disappearing messages and identity-confirming safety numbers, secure chat apps can rightfully give you peace of mind. You should absolutely use them. As the adage goes, though, there’s no such thing as perfect security. And feeling invincible could get you in trouble.”

You can read the details in an article by Alyssa Foote in the Wired web site at: https://www.wired.com/story/encrypted-messaging-isnt-magic/.

Supreme Court Extends Privacy Protection to Cars Parked in a Driveway

The Supreme Court on Tuesday extended the Constitution’s privacy protection to include vehicles that are parked on a home’s driveway or carport, ruling that police need a search warrant before they may inspect them.

In general, police may look closely at cars that are parked along public roads, without the need for a search warrant.

But in Tuesday’s 8-1 ruling, the justices said a vehicle parked in a carport or on private property adjacent to a home deserves the privacy protection of the 4th Amendment.

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Tutanota Reminds Everyone that it has Always Been GDPR-Complaint as its Email Service Encrypts the Entire Mailbox Automatically

The European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) regulates how companies must handle personal data that they process. One requirement is to safeguard personal data from potential abuse.

The GDPR highlights encryption as an appropriate technical measure to protect personal data. The new legislation states that encryption makes data unintelligible to any person who accesses the data in the case of a data breach. Luckily, the TutaNota email service has always encrypted each and every email message at all times, making messages impossible for read for anyone other than the sender and the addressee(s).

Details may be found in the TutaNota Blog at https://tutanota.com/blog/posts/gdpr-compliant-email.

Democrats Are Just One Vote Shy of Restoring Net Neutrality

There’s hope yet. Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer now says Democrats in the Senate are a single vote away from restoring net neutrality. According to the senator from New York, they now have a total of 50 votes for a Senate resolution of disapproval that would restore the Open Internet Order of 2015 and deliver a stiff rebuke to Ajit Pai and other Republican members of the FCC. It would also prevent the agency from passing a similar measure in the future, all but guaranteeing Net Neutrality is permanently preserved.

Right now the resolution has the support of all 49 Democrats in the Senate and one Republican, Susan Collins of Maine. But Schumer and the rest of the caucus will have to win over one more Republican vote to prevent Vice President Mike Pence from breaking a tie vote and allowing the repeal to stand.

Details are available in an article by Terrence O’Brien in the EnGadget web site at: http://engt.co/2EP8i6J.

The FCC Officially Votes to Kill Net Neutrality

Another victory for the Internet Service Providers and their paid lobbyists, throwing American consumers to the wolves: The FCC officially votes to kill net neutrality.

You can read the sad news in many web sites, including https://techcrunch.com/2017/12/14/the-fcc-officially-votes-to-kill-net-neutrality.

That article says, in part: “Despite overwhelming opposition from Congress, technical experts, advocacy organizations and, of course, the American people, the FCC has voted to eliminate 2015’s Open Internet Order and the net neutrality protections it established.

Yes, your Internet Service Provider probably will be spying on your online activities soon.