Privacy advocates are calling for more safeguards related to a state collection of DNA samples from 16 million Californians in a nondescript government warehouse in the Bay Area. The biobank holds blood taken with the prick of a heel from almost every baby born in California for the last three decades. It is used to screen for 80 health disorders, such as cystic fibrosis and sickle cell anemia. Unlike most […]
I suspect this scam extends far beyond Connecticut. However, an article by Rich Scinto in the Farmington (Connecticut) Patch describes the problem within his community. Local residents have received threatening and disturbing letters demanding Bitcoins in exchange for not killing a family member.
With ever-growing concerns over identity and data theft while using the internet, home users have joined the legions of large and small companies who are using Virtual Private Networks to protect their online activities from hackers. You can find dozens of Virtual Private Network (VPN) products to choose from at prices ranging from free for software solutions to hundreds of dollars for dedicated hardware boxes. However, most consumers choose VPN […]
An executive-branch privacy watchdog is renewing its call for President Obama to unilaterally end the National Security Agency’s domestic phone records dragnet amid growing uncertainty over Congress’s willingness to reform government surveillance.
Leslie Caldwell, an assistant attorney general at the Justice Department, said Tuesday that the department is “very concerned” by the Google’s and Apple’s decision to automatically encrypt all data on Android and iOS devices. “We understand the value of encryption and the importance of security,” she said. “But we’re very concerned they not lead to the creation of what I would call a ‘zone of lawlessness,’ where there’s evidence that […]
One of the best guides I have ever seen for protecting your privacy online is available free of charge from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). It will reduce your exposure to hackers, credit card thieves, identity thieves, and government agencies’ intrusion into your private life.
The Federal Trade Commission has issued a new report (at http://goo.gl/tfjlyy) that illustrates how vulnerable that makes us, urging consumers and businesses to make safe use and design of the gadgets a priority. The gadgets mentioned vary from home thermostat and lighting controls to driving monitoring devices used by insurance companies to baby monitors and wearable fitness gadgets — that can connect to the Internet and to each other. You […]