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.

Did the NSA Invent Bitcoins in 1996?

The NSA didn’t invent the name “bitcoin” but it was one of the first organizations to describe a Bitcoin-like system. In 1996, the intelligence organization published a paper titled, How to Make a Mint: the Cryptography of Anonymous Electronic Cash. The proposed system would work very much like Bitcoin, establishing a secure and distributed system for financial transactions. Almost a decade later, someone using the name Satoshi Nakamoto published a […]

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How to be Safe when Shopping Online

Online safety is something we all need to be concerned with. However, the safe use of credit cards online seems doubly important as we enter the holiday shopping period. Consumers will spend roughly 1.2 trillion dollars in online shopping this year, according to Statista at http://goo.gl/DomMya. That number is expected to double in the next four years. Almost all of the transactions will be paid with a credit card, a debit […]

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New York Teen Identifies Mugger on Facebook

If you are a thief, you might not want to post anything on Facebook or other social networking sites. This week, a 15-year-old New York boy used Facebook to identify his mugger. On October 27, the victim had his wallet and cell phone snatched at a bus stop in Staten Island, New York. However, the victim thought he recognized the robber from around his neighborhood, and used Facebook to find […]

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Digital Privacy Is “The New Frontier Of Human Rights”

Interesting article at http://techcrunch.com/2014/11/23/privacy-human-rights-frontier/. One interesting quote: “Fighting terrorism is actually fought better by understanding that targeted information is a far better thing, rather than this mass surveillance approach,” argued [Claude] Moraes. “People in Germany who understand what happens when you have unfettered mass surveillance, where information is then out there being used for negative purposes, understand where that can lead. But if you have targeted information… then we are in […]

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Critical NSA Reform Bill Fails in the Senate

Senate lawmakers working to reform NSA surveillance were struck a fatal blow tonight when a critical bill that would have curbed some of the spy agency’s controversial activity failed to obtain enough votes. The bill would have put an end to the government’s controversial bulk collection of phone records from U.S. telecoms In one of their last acts before the year sunsets, pro-reform Senators attempted to advance the USA FREEDOM […]

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