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US Court Rules Travelers’ Phones and Laptops Cannot Be Searched Arbitrarily

A federal court in Boston has ruled that US government agents cannot search phones and laptops of international travelers at airports and other US ports of entry without reasonable suspicion. With the ruling on Tuesday, any warrantless searches will now be deemed as violations of the Fourth Amendment. Details may be found in an article by Campbell Kwan in the ZDNet web site at: https://tinyurl.com/privacy191113.

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National Geographic November 2017 article about “Joyful Countries” – Costa Rica, Denmark, and Singapore

This article is somewhat “off topic” as it doesn’t deal with privacy issues as much as it deals with happiness in life. Still, I found it interesting. I have been to both Denmark and to Singapore recently and am planning a trip to Costa Rica, hopefully within the next year. (I am thinking about obtaining a new retirement home.) I agree with this article about Denmark and Singapore and I […]

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The Government Of Kazakhstan is Coercing its Citizens to Install a Root Certificate in their Devices that will Allow the Authorities to Monitor Everything the Citizens Do Online

UPDATE: The Kazakhstan government announced on 8 August 2019 that the project is being abandoned. Kazakhstan’s State Security Committee said in a statement that the certificate rollout was simply a test which has now been completed. Users can remove the certificate and use internet as usual, it said. While this is scary for the citizens of Kazakhstan, every computer user in the world also should be concerned. If one government […]

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Worried about the Capital One Hack? ? Here’s What To Do.

Millions of Capital One customers have been affected by a data breach that the bank says happened in March. Approximately 100 million people in the United States and 6 million more in Canada are affected, the company said, with about 140,000 Social Security numbers, 1 million Canadian Social Insurance numbers and 80,000 bank account numbers compromised. That may include you. Michelle Toh tells what affected Capital One customers should do […]

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25 Million Android Phones are Infected with Malware that Hides in the WhatsApp Messaging App

If you use an Android phone and have WhatsApp installed, you need to read an article by Thomas Brewster that is available in the Forbes web site at: http://bit.ly/2xG7jUL. WhatsApp is a supposedly secure text messaging service owned by Facebook. It uses end-to-end encryption. That should make it safe to use, right? However, the article by Thomas Brewster describes malware (malevolent software) that has already infected as many as 15 […]

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