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.

Privacy Group Wins Court Ruling Against FBI’s Facial-Recognition Technology

A federal judge has ruled that the FBI’s futuristic facial-recognition database is deserving of scrutiny from open-government advocates because of the size and scope of the surveillance technology. U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan said the bureau’s Next Generation Identification program represents a “significant public interest” due to concerns regarding its potential impact on privacy rights and should be subject to rigorous transparency oversight. Details may be found in an article […]

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A Portable and Secure Hard Drive that you can Slip into your Pocket

The Western Digital My Passport Ultra is a portable drive that you can slip into your shirt pocket. Best of all, it features 256-bit hardware encryption and integrated local and cloud backup solutions that allow you to make use of your Dropbox account to create a an additional backup. It is one of the better devices available today for making backups and for carrying your information with you. From a […]

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The No-Nonsense Guide to Data Security for Travelers

Dave Dean from Too Many Adapters has published an article containing great tips and advice on travel tech and gear. This month’s column is on data security. If you’re going to be toting a smartphone, tablet or laptop around the world, protecting your data really matters. It doesn’t take a huge effort or cost to keep yourself safe – but if you don’t, you’re at serious risk of losing all […]

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How Businesses Fail to Protect Customer Info

Most Internet users should know by now that personal digital security is in large part our own choice and responsibility. But in truth, our electronic security is also in the hands of the companies we do business with — and they’re not all taking that fact seriously. With the seemingly weekly revelations of hackers stealing our names, email addresses, credit-card numbers, passwords, and so forth from corporate databases, it’s small […]

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How to Hide Your Real Email Address from Marketeers, Spammers and Other Obnoxious Pests

The sending of e-mail filled with advertising is a common and odious activity. Thousands of web sites gather email addresses and then bombard you with their advertising. You might sign up for a newsletter or some other free service on a web site, and then they start flooding your in-box with advertising messages two or three times a week or even more often. I had a recent experience of just […]

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Update: Colorado’s Mark Udall Loses Re-election Bid

On Tuesday night, as Colorado’s Mark Udall lost his Senate seat to Republican Cory Gardner. You can read my earlier article about Mark Udall at https://privacyblog.com/2014/11/01/the-senator-defending-your-privacy-is-fighting-for-his-political-life. While the election was not a referendum on Udall’s support for civil liberties (Gardner expressed support for surveillance reform, and Udall spent most of his campaign almost solely concentrating on reproductive issues), the loss is undoubtedly a blow for privacy and transparency advocates, as […]

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