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“By continuing the process of inflation, governments can confiscate secretly and unobserved an important part of the wealth of their citizens.” – John Maynard Keynes, writing about the effects of a seemingly small amount of inflation every year.

The No-Nonsense Guide to Data Security for Travelers

Dave Dean from Too Many Adapters has published an article containing great tips and advice on travel tech and gear. This month’s column is on data security. If you’re going to be toting a smartphone, tablet or laptop around the world, protecting your data really matters. It doesn’t take a huge effort or cost to keep yourself safe – but if you don’t, you’re at serious risk of losing all […]

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How Businesses Fail to Protect Customer Info

Most Internet users should know by now that personal digital security is in large part our own choice and responsibility. But in truth, our electronic security is also in the hands of the companies we do business with — and they’re not all taking that fact seriously. With the seemingly weekly revelations of hackers stealing our names, email addresses, credit-card numbers, passwords, and so forth from corporate databases, it’s small […]

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How to Hide Your Real Email Address from Marketeers, Spammers and Other Obnoxious Pests

The sending of e-mail filled with advertising is a common and odious activity. Thousands of web sites gather email addresses and then bombard you with their advertising. You might sign up for a newsletter or some other free service on a web site, and then they start flooding your in-box with advertising messages two or three times a week or even more often. I had a recent experience of just […]

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Update: Colorado’s Mark Udall Loses Re-election Bid

On Tuesday night, as Colorado’s Mark Udall lost his Senate seat to Republican Cory Gardner. You can read my earlier article about Mark Udall at https://privacyblog.com/2014/11/01/the-senator-defending-your-privacy-is-fighting-for-his-political-life. While the election was not a referendum on Udall’s support for civil liberties (Gardner expressed support for surveillance reform, and Udall spent most of his campaign almost solely concentrating on reproductive issues), the loss is undoubtedly a blow for privacy and transparency advocates, as […]

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The Best Reason Yet to Buy an iPhone

Apple has updated its privacy policy as part of the latest version of its operating system: iOS 8. Newly-updated iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch mobile devices can no longer be accessed by anyone, not even by Apple itself. Previously, if law enforcement came to Apple with a seized device and a valid warrant, that agency was able to access a substantial portion of the data already on an iPad or iPhone. […]

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UK Spy Chief Throws Privacy in the Fire, Says It’s not an ‘Absolute Right’

In a piece for London’s Financial Times, Britain’s new spy chief Robert Hannigan said U.S. technology companies should offer “greater co-operation” in the fight against terrorism, by working with governments rather than working against their intelligence agencies in the wake of the Edward Snowden disclosures. Hannigan suggested that as the world celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Web, there should be a “new deal” between governments and the technology companies […]

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