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.

Apple Privacy Officer says that ‘Building Back Doors’ to Access iPhone Data Won’t Help Solve Crimes

Several governments, including the U.S., are pressuring Apple and other manufacturers to add “back doors” to all products that offer encryption. The latest example is a demand on Monday of this week when the FBI sent a letter to Apple requesting assistance to extract data from password-protected iPhones used by a suspected mass shooter. You can read more about that “demand” in an article by Kif Leswing published in the […]

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FBI asks Apple to Help Unlock iPhones Belonging to Alleged Pensacola Shooter

This is both good news and bad news. Bad news: encryption is hiding information the FBI wants. Good news: encryption can hide personal information that foreign and domestic governments, corporations, thieves, and hackers around the world want to steal from you. You can read more in an article by Natalie Gagliordi in the ZDnet site at Questions I suggest everyone should think about:

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Brazil Fines Facebook $1.6 Million for Improper Sharing of User Data

According to an article in the Reuters news agency: “Brazil’s Ministry of Justice said on Monday it fined U.S. tech giant Facebook Inc 6.6 million reais ($1.6 million U.S.) for improperly sharing user data. “The ministry’s department of consumer protection said it had found that data from 443,000 Facebook users was improperly made available to developers of an App called ‘thisisyourdigitallife.’ The data was being shared for ‘questionable’ purposes, the […]

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A New California Internet Privacy Law Returns Power to Consumers

Starting Wednesday, January 1, Californians will have the right to see what information companies are collecting about them and request they stop selling it. The landmark California Consumer Privacy Act has the potential to become a national law if other states follow or companies extend those rights beyond our state lines, privacy advocates say. Details are available in an article by Arlene Martinez USA Today at

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