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.

UN Privacy Chief Says the British Surveillance State is ‘Worse than Orwell’s 1984’

UN Special Rapporteur on Privacy Joseph Cannataci has described Britain’s oversight of surveillance as a “bad joke” and said the situation is worse than anything author George Orwell imagined in his dystopian novel “Nineteen Eighty-Four.” Cannataci said the UK has the weakest oversight of surveillance in the western world. He called for a Geneva Convention-style law for the internet to safeguard privacy and combat the threat of digital surveillance.

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Many Torrent Sites Ban Windows 10 Over Privacy Concerns

Since the launch of Windows 10, there have been all manner of privacy concerns — some grounded in fact, others less so. Whatever your view of the latest version of Windows, it’s impossible to deny that this has proved one of the more controversial releases to come from the Microsoft stable. Getting in on the paranoia now are torrent sites, with some coming out and saying they have implemented a […]

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Jeb Bush Announces He Is Against Encryption for Individuals

Presidential candidate Jeb Bush has called on tech companies to form a more “cooperative” arrangement with intelligence agencies. During a speech in South Carolina, Bush made clear his opinion on encryption: “If you create encryption, it makes it harder for the American government to do its job — while protecting civil liberties — to make sure that evildoers aren’t in our midst.” He also indicated he felt the recent scaling […]

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The Most Secure Way to Communicate? An iPod Touch

If you want to communicate really securely, you may assume you need some government level spy training, a high tech encrypted phone, or at least a custom operating system. Nope. Not at all. It turns out the most secure communications device available to anyone, anywhere, right now is the humble iPod Touch. At least, that’s what Joseph Cox reports in Wired. After reading the article, I suspect he is correct. […]

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“Blackphone 2” Privacy-Oriented Phone and Tablet is Ready for Pre-order

I wrote about the Silent Circle encryption software for cell phones last December at http://goo.gl/4mXV9M and briefly again in March at http://goo.gl/r7x52E about the same company’s plan to sell a cell phone with the same voice encryption software already installed. Now the company is accepting orders with expected delivery in sometime in September. One problem: the producing company has not yet announced the price. It is expected to be expensive, […]

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​Sick of Windows spying on you? Go Linux

Good advice from Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols at http://www.zdnet.com/article/sick-of-windows-spying-on-you-go-linux. he writes, “You can try to turn Windows 10’s data-sharing ways off, but, bad news: Windows 10 will keep sharing some of your data with Microsoft anyway.” By the way, this web server runs on Linux. I also use a Linux system for accessing my bank account, investment account, and for a few other online services where I want very high security.

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Update: Why You Want to Use a VPN

NOTE: This is an update to an article I published last year. Much of the explanatory text is unchanged but one vendor has disappeared, a new and highly-rated as well as inexpensive vendor has appeared, and one other vendor has been found to be installing spyware in its customers’ computers. This article has been updated to reflect the changes. If you are concerned about anyone snooping on the Internet and seeing […]

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