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.

Quote of the Day: the majority cannot vote away the natural rights of the minority

“Some might say ‘I don’t care if they violate my privacy; I’ve got nothing to hide.’ Help them understand that they are misunderstanding the fundamental nature of human rights. Nobody needs to justify why they ‘need’ a right: the burden of justification falls on the one seeking to infringe upon the right. But even if they did, you can’t give away the rights of others because they’re not useful to […]

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Book Review: Data and Goliath

Caleb Garling has written a review of Data and Goliath, the latest book from Bruce Schneier, CTO of Resilient Systems, a board member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and author 14 books. As Facebook and Google have infiltrated our every waking moment, Schneier warns that these data giants, if left unchecked, could compromise the very principles of a democratic society. Garling writes: In Data and Goliath, [Schneier] attempts to […]

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Hackers Hit the IRS and Make Off With 100K Taxpayers’ Files

Few government agencies routinely collect more information on every law-abiding American than the Internal Revenue Service. And by targeting the IRS, a group of seemingly sophisticated hackers has now collected their own chunk of that detailed data. On Tuesday the IRS admitted that it had been the target of a breach that compromised 100,000 taxpayers’ files between February and the middle of this month. The IRS says the attackers gained […]

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Easily Create Disposable Phone Numbers and Email Addresses

A new mobile app called Shuffle has launched a simple utility that lets you create additional, disposable phone numbers you can use to call or text as well as receive voicemail through, right from your iPhone. Shuffle allows anyone with an iPhone (an Android version is promised) to have a second or even a third telephone number and email address. The new number and address can be either temporary or long-term. […]

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