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.

Opt Out of All the Data Sharing You Wouldn’t Opt In To

How to stop data companies like Apple, LinkedIn or Yelp or others that might share your private data with third-parties. First, visit Simple Opt Out at https://simpleoptout.com. The website compiles the policies and opt out links of several social media platforms, phone companies, magazine publishers, etc., so you don’t have to sift through indecipherable legal language in terms and conditions or privacy pages. The Simple Opt Out won’t perform the […]

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Warning Issued For Apple’s 1.4 Billion iPad And iPhone Users

Security firm Check Point has revealed it has found a way to hack every iPhone and iPad running iOS 8 right up to betas of iOS 13. This spread covers eight years of devices (iOS 8 supports the 2011 iPhone 4S) and, with Tim Cook stating there are 1.4 billion (Yes, that’s BILLIONS!) active iPhone and iPad devices around the world, this is worrying news for the owners of pretty […]

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The Government has a New Way to Spy on You

From Simon Black’s SovereignMan newsletter: The Pentagon is currently testing high altitude surveillance balloons in several midwestern states. Flying at about 65,000 feet, the balloons are able to track multiple vehicles at once, in any type of weather, using radar. The Pentagon says the purpose of the solar powered unmanned balloons is to “provide a persistent surveillance system to locate and deter narcotic trafficking and homeland security threats.” The data […]

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WhatsApp Security Flaws Can Fake Messages from You, and There’s No Fix

The WhatsApp messaging and Voice over IP service app owned by Facebook has received a lot of bad publicity lately because of its many security problems. (See https://tinyurl.com/privacy190809 for the past articles about WhatsApp that have been published in this blog.) Now a new security alert concerning WhatsApp is being circulated. WhatsApp security flaws revealed by security researchers at this year’s Black Hat conference would allow someone to fake messages […]

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The Government Of Kazakhstan Abandons Plans to Monitor Everything the Citizens Do Online

This is a follow-up to the earlier article at: https://tinyurl.com/privacy190801. 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.

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