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.

N.J. Lawmaker Wants to Make DNA Test Results Your Personal Property

A proposed law in New Jersey would make the results of a DNA test the sole property of the person tested, a bid to give consumers who use popular genetic testing services more control over their personal data and their privacy. Assemblyman Roy Freiman, D-Somerset, said that people have a right to know where their personal genetic data is going, even if it is used for good causes. “We don’t […]

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At Least 20 VPN and Ad-Blocking Apps With 35 Million Downloads Actually Monitored Users’ Phones

The primary purpose of using a VPN is to INCREASE one’s online privacy. Sadly, many of the free VPNs do the exact opposite: they spy on you more than ever. Sensor Tower supplied similar VPN products that all had different names. Examples include Free and Unlimited VPN, Luna VPN, Mobile Data, and Adblock Focus. All told, the 20 or so VPN apps owned by Sensor Tower had 35 million downloads […]

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Senate Bill Sparks Open War Over Encryption

Another stupid piece of legislation has been introduced into the U.S. Senate that proposes to cripple all encryption methods used by the American public. The misnamed EARN IT Act — which is sponsored by Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and ranking Democrat Dianne Feinstein (Calif.) plus eight other sponsors and co-sponsors — doesn’t actually target encryption directly. Instead, it claims to fight child pornography. The legislators sponsoring this bill […]

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Privacy-focused DuckDuckGo Launches New Effort to Block Online Tracking

DuckDuckGo, the maker of search engine and browser technology that doesn’t track you online, is sharing data it’s collected about online trackers with other companies so they can also protect your privacy. The company said Thursday it’s started sharing a data set called Tracker Radar that details 5,326 internet domains used by 1,727 companies and organizations that track you online. The data is available to anyone, and browser maker Vivaldi […]

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For $3, a ‘Robot Lawyer’ Will Sue Data Brokers That Don’t Delete Your Personal and Location Info

A startup called DoNotPay unveiled a service it calls Digital Health that automates the data-deletion process. Priced at $3 a month, the service will contact more than 100 data brokers on your behalf and demand they delete your and your family’s personal information. It will also show you the types of data the brokers have collected — such as phone number or location info — and even initiate legal proceedings […]

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DNA Testing Kits: What Are the Privacy Risks?

Call me paranoid but I do believe that some people who have their DNA tested are not aware of all the privacy issues. Quoting from an article by Victoria Mcintosh, a Certified Information Privacy Technologist, as published in the CompariTech web site at http://bit.ly/3csasuC: “Since DNA is health information, many users may expect the data is protected by privacy legislation. HIPAA, for example, is the well-known health privacy legislation in […]

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Congress Wants To Blow Up Encryption Ensuring Your Privacy, And They May Get Away With It

Congress wants to give U.S. government agencies the ability to spy on everything you read or write online. Of course, such access won’t be limited to U.S. government agencies. Once these “back doors” are put in place, within a few weeks, other governments, spies of many nations, criminals, worldwide hackers, credit card thieves, and even government employees who abuse their access will all be able to do the same. If […]

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