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.

You Don’t Need Credit Monitoring Services or Identity Theft Insurance

In fact, such coverage isn’t worth much and the few things it does accomplish are available free of charge elsewhere. In an article in the MarketWatch.com web site, Priya Anand writes: “The year 2014 saw an almost unrelenting avalanche of security breaches that struck retailers, banks and medical providers, among many others. At least 744 data breaches have been disclosed this year, with more than 115 million consumers’ records exposed, […]

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Facebook to Face Privacy Violation Lawsuit over Scanning Users’ Messages to Target Ads

A judge in Oakland, California ruled on Tuesday that Facebook does indeed have to face a class action lawsuit charging that the social media firm violated user privacy when it scanned the contents of users’ messages for the purposes of targeting advertising to those users. The suit alleges that until October 2012, when the social network says it stopped the practice, it scanned the content of private messages sent between […]

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Privacy Concerns Raised about Vermont Town Reports of Births, Marriages, and Deaths

The Pittsford, Vermont Select Board’s December 17 board meeting discussed the fact that some residents are concerned that publishing birth, marriage, civil union and death names in the annual town report harms their privacy. The issue has been placed on the agenda for the next town meeting, according to a brief article in the Rutland Herald at http://www.rutlandherald.com/article/20141224/THISJUSTIN/712249902.

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Data Broker Is Charged With Selling Consumers’ Financial Details to Fraudsters

This week, the Federal Trade Commission filed a lawsuit alleging that LeapLab, a data broker in Nevada, sold intimate details about several hundred thousands of people, including their Social Security numbers and bank account numbers, to marketers and other companies that had no legitimate need for that information. One of the data purchasers, Ideal Financial Solutions of Las Vegas, reportedly used the records it bought to make unauthorized withdrawals from […]

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Will Google Sell All Your Email Messages To Your Grandchildren?

A fascinating article by Matt Novak states: “We now know that governments around the world are vacuuming up virtually everything that passes through the Internet. And we trust companies like Google, Facebook, Apple, VISA, and Amazon with all our personal information. We’re constantly asking what these companies are doing with our information today. But maybe the more important question is, what will these companies do with our data far into […]

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Mobile Phone Network Privacy Flaw Uncovered

German researchers have uncovered a network privacy flaw in the mobile phone network used by almost every carrier on the planet that will let hackers intercept calls and text messages even on an encrypted line. The flaw was found on “SS7″ the global network the world’s networks use to route calls to one another. SS7 was designed in the 80’s and is being proven to have holes and flaws that […]

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Privacy will be Considered a Luxury by 2025

Today’s notions of privacy will be eroded significantly within the next decade as growing reams of personal data are willingly exchanged for the convenience of living our lives online. That’s the prevailing view among the more than 2500 industry experts from around the world – including academics, legislators and staff at global companies such as Google, Microsoft and Yahoo – who were quizzed on the future of privacy and security.

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