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.

The Ultimate Method of Being Tracked

Do you value your privacy? Of course you do! Then why do you provide 24 hour-a-day tracking of your whereabouts to police, government agents, relatives, hackers, potential kidnappers, child molesters, or to would-be burglars who want to make sure you are not at home? NOTE: I am guessing your children might be near you. Another situation is that your older child(ren) might have his or her own cell phone and […]

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India’s Proposed Internet Regulations Could Threaten Privacy Everywhere

This could become a HUGE threat to online privacy everywhere: This week, with India poised to unveil new rules that threaten encrypted communications around the world, it seems safe to say that the encryption fight is now fully underway. Details may be found at: https://www.theverge.com/interface/2020/2/14/21136273/india-internet-rules-encryption-privacy-messaging.

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Free Guides to Understand Digital Security and Protect Your Privacy

From the MakeUseOf web site: “With the number of data breaches, phishing attacks, and other digital threats facing us today, you need to know how to stay secure when using technology. Check these free online guides to understand digital security and protect your privacy. “Miscreants try to infiltrate your systems through various channels, such as your browser, phone, emails, and even the Wi-Fi networks you connect to. The first step […]

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FCC Confirms Wireless Carriers Broke Federal Law by Selling Location Data

At the center of the investigation are all four major U.S. carriers: AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile. It is unclear at this time which groups will be penalized, and what that penalty will look like. Further documentation on the specifics of the violation is forthcoming. Details may be found in an article by Alison Foreman on the Mashable web site at: https://mashable.com/article/fcc-concludes-location-data-investigation/.

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Want to Take Back Your Online Privacy? 7 Easy Steps to Stop Facebook and Others From Spying on You

In my opinion, an article by Jessica Guynn in the USA Today web site should be required reading for everyone who ever uses the Internet: “Survey after survey shows we don’t like having our sensitive personal information collected, monitored and tracked whenever we share with friends on social media, shop online or use our mobile devices. “Yet we hand over much of this information willingly, whether to Facebook and Instagram, […]

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A Court Tried To Force Ancestry.com To Open Up Its DNA Database To Police. The Company Said No.

From an article by Peter Aldhous in the BuzzFeed News web site: “Ancestry.com, the largest DNA testing company in the world, was served a search warrant to give police access to its database of some 16 million DNA profiles, but the company did not comply. “Ancestry received one request seeking access to Ancestry’s DNA database through a search warrant,” the company revealed in its 2019 transparency report released last week. […]

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