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.

NSA is So Overwhelmed with Data, it’s No Longer Effective, Says Whistleblower

In a lunch meeting hosted by Contrast Security founder Jeff Williams on Wednesday, William Binney, a former NSA official who spent more than three decades at the agency, said the US government’s mass surveillance programs have become so engorged with data that they are no longer effective, losing vital intelligence in the fray. That, he said, can — and has — led to terrorist attacks succeeding. Binney said that an […]

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Irate Congressman Gives Cops Easy Rule: “Just Follow the Damn Constitution”

Despite the best efforts of law enforcement to convince a Congressional subcommittee that technology firms actually need to weaken encryption in order to serve the public interest, lawmakers were not having it. During testimony, Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA), who described himself as a “recovering computer science major,” provided one of the most forceful statements. (He is just one of four House members with computer science degrees.) Lieu also is a […]

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Use a Secure (and FREE) Computer for Banking and all other Finances

Have you ever wondered how secure your computer is? Well – believe it or not, hackers may be watching your computer and recording your every click! Any electronic device with on-line access can be vulnerable. Most hackers steal information from your computer’s usage history. That is, a hacker can log into your computer today and find passwords and other personal information you entered days or even weeks ago. Another problems […]

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Secret Law is a ‘Direct Threat’ to Americans’ Privacy, says NSA Whistleblower

Secret laws? A house is raided but the owner is never charged with a crime? You can read more about Executive Order 12333, signed into law by President Ronald Reagan in 1981, the backbone of the NSA’s authority to spy on you, me, and everyone else in the world. Yes, that includes spying on American citizens for any reasons a government bureaucrat wishes. Details may be found at http://www.zdnet.com/article/william-binney-nsa-whistleblower-executive-order.

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Choose Privacy Week is May 1-7

Choose Privacy Week (May 1-7) is an initiative by the American Library Association that invites library users into a national conversation about privacy rights in the digital age. The ALA believes that it’s time for Americans to take charge of their information privacy, and JMRL has the resources to help you do just that. American Library Association provides more information at https://chooseprivacyweek.org.  

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Facebook Exec Says Customers Won’t Get New Features If It Has To Follow Tough Privacy Rules

New features in an online service are nice, but are they worth the cost of giving up one’s privacy? In a Financial Times opinion article Wednesday, Facebook’s public policy director in Europe Richard Allan said European privacy regulators are killing the internet business, and ultimately Europe’s financial success, by subjecting tech companies to unnecessary probes and strict regulations. Regulators in the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Spain and France have joined forces […]

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