Lawmakers Move To Block Government From Ordering Digital ‘Back Doors’

Finally! Some common sense from Congress.

A bipartisan group of House lawmakers have introduced legislation that would block the federal government from requiring technology companies to design devices with so-called “back doors” to allow law enforcement to access them. From a report in The Hill web site:

“A bipartisan group of House lawmakers have introduced legislation that would block the federal government from requiring technology companies to design devices with so-called back doors to allow law enforcement to access them.”


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Facebook: What It Knows About You and How It Tracks You

Do you still think your usage of Facebook is “not a problem” for you? Read the article at and then re-consider your opinion.

Here are a few short excerpts from the article:

“Facebook is very good at collecting data about people, whether you have a Facebook account or not. They are also able to track you across the internet.”

“When you’re on Facebook, everything you do is monitored and recorded and stored somewhere. This includes private messages and URL’s shared through Messenger. This allows them to amass a tremendous amount of data about anyone who has a Facebook account. In addition, Facebook compiles detailed dossiers on users, including user data they obtain from commercial data brokers.”

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Virginia Beach Police Plan to Encrypt Radio Channels, Supposedly to Stop the Public from Listening In

In city documents, Virginia Beach police said encryption is needed because criminals listen to police communications. It would greatly increase officer safety and help protect citizens, they wrote. You can read the details in an article by Robyn Sidersky, Amy Poulter, and Jane Harper in The Virginian-Pilot at:

One has to wonder why some government officials are trying to block encrypted communications or else place “back doors” in all encryption products to allow police and other government agents as well as hackers to spy on all citizens. I am sure the Virginia Beach police will agree to having “back doors” installed in their encrypted channels, right?

Equifax Hack was Even Worse than Previous Estimates

“The 2017 hack of Equifax, already among the largest ever recorded, just got bigger. Well, they’re admitting that it was bigger than they had previously, which amounts to the same thing. Documents filed with the SEC reveal that more people, more IDs, and more info in general was stolen when the company utterly failed to protect its ‘users,’ many of which didn’t even know they were in the database.

“The company revealed various numbers around the time it disclosed the hack, though one it neglected to include was how many millions of dollars in stock were sold by executives before publicly disclosing it.”

You can read more in an article by Devin Coldewey in the TechCrunch web site at:

Why Everyone Should Use Tor or a VPN

An interesting read for… well, everyone. Or at least everyone who uses a computer or a cell phone.

“The recent Facebook scandal has alarmed many because of its clear privacy intrusion. However, only a few are concerned about the constant privacy intrusion by Internet Service Providers (ISPs). ISPs probably know more about you than you yourself. They can monitor and log every website you ever visited and sell this data to advertisers. Stop the privacy intrusion by ISPs such as Comcast and Verizon. Try a VPN such as Private Internet Access or Tor when going online.”

You can read much more in the Tutanota Blog at:

Gmail’s ‘Self Destruct’ Feature Will Probably be Used to Illegally Destroy Government Records

This sounds like a great tool for politicians and bureaucrats to illegally hide things from the public. However, on the bright side, it also will allow private citizens to hide things from politicians, bureaucrats, law enforcement officials, and hackers around the world.

In short, a new update rolling out for Gmail offers a “self destruct” feature that allows users to send messages that expire after a set amount of time.

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