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.

Walgreen Verdict of a $1.4 Million Verdict Sets Health Privacy Precedent

A Marion County, Indiana, jury verdict affirmed Friday by the Indiana Court of Appeals upholds a $1.4 million verdict for a Walgreen pharmacy customer whose prescription information was provided to a third party and sets a national precedent, according to the Indianapolis lawyer who argued the case. The disclosure apparently was done by a Walgreen employee without the knowledge or approval of her manager. “This is the first published court […]

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Wyoming Legislative Committee Endorses Proposed Privacy Amendment

A state legislative committee voted Friday to recommend changing the Wyoming Constitution to specify that individuals have a right to privacy. Sen. Chris Rothfuss, D-Laramie, is chairman of a digital privacy task force that recommended the change. He told members of the Joint Corporations, Elections and Politics Subdivisions Interim Committee in Cheyenne that it’s necessary to establish the state respects personal privacy as more information becomes computerized.

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AT&T Stops Using ‘Perma-Cookies’ to Track Customer Web Activity

In late October, researchers discovered that AT&T and Verizon had been engaging in some unsavory customer tracking methods, using unique identifying numbers or “perma-cookies” to track the websites that customers visited on their cellular devices to deliver target advertisements. See my earlier article at for details. Following significant negative attention from the media, AT&T has now told the Associated Press that it is no longer injecting the hidden web […]

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I Received a Fake IRS Telephone Call

I received a phone call this week from the Internal Revenue Service. At least, the caller on the pre-recorded message said she was calling from the officer of the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) in regards to my case of being in default for payment. In the pre-recorded message, “Officer Julie Smith” asked me to call a certain telephone number to make immediate payment. She said I could […]

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Using a Credit Card Online is Safer than Using It in a Store

Many people have a phobia about using credit cards online. They think it is unsafe to do so as hackers supposedly can steal the credit card numbers as the information passes through the networks. Indeed, there was some truth to that years ago when the World Wide Web was in its infancy and SSL encryption was not yet in widespread use. Technology has improved since those days and using a […]

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How to Find a Lot of Personal Information about Anyone

Subtitle: How Anyone can Find a Lot of Personal Information about You Numerous online sites have been available for years that sell personal information about you or about anyone else in the United States. However, one site seems to take this “service” to new heights: The service isn’t free, but it is low-cost. The service is available to anyone with a credit card and an Internet connection. Instant Checkmate […]

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