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.

Canary Watch Tracks Government Requests for Your Information Online

Years ago, canaries were carried into mines to warn of dangerous gases. Canaries are more sensitive to small amounts of lethal gases than are humans. If the canary died, it was a warning to the miners to get out of the mine immediately. Now the Electronic Freedom Foundation has developed an “electronic canary” that monitors government requests for information about a company’s customers. The concept is very simple. The Patriot […]

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Use an IronKey Encrypted USB Flash Drive to Keep Your Data Secure

One of the best inventions of the late twentieth century was the creation of flashdrives. These tiny devices, also called thumb drives, memory sticks, and a variety of other names, are very useful for many purposes. You can keep critical information with you wherever you go. You can also use a flashdrive to copy data from one computer to another. Several business people I know make backups of important business […]

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NSA Still Collecting Americans’ Phone Records Data, Despite Not Knowing The Program’s Worth

“The US government continues to collect the phone records of millions of Americans, one year after a White House privacy board recommended the controversial program should shut down.” A revealing article by Zack Whittaker at shows that one branch of the government is ignoring another branch. Of course, that’s nothing new.

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Blur Uses One-Time Use Credit Card Numbers to Block Hackers

Worried about using your credit card online? You shouldn’t be. Using a credit card or debit card online is safer than using checks or credit cards in person or in the mail. However, many people prefer the extra safety of using one-time use credit card numbers. That means your real credit card number is never visible to the seller. Hackers can’t steal what they don’t have.

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Millions of DNA Samples Stored in Warehouse Worry Privacy Advocates

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 […]

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