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.

Facebook Will Have to Give UK Police Access to Encrypted Messages, According to a Bloomberg Report

Facebook and its messaging tool WhatsApp will have to give UK police access to users’ encrypted messages under an upcoming treaty with the US, says a Saturday report by Bloomberg, which cites a confidential source. The treaty, which covers other US-based social media platforms as well, would require the sharing in regard to investigations of serious crimes, such as terrorism and pedophilia, Bloomberg said. For some time, law enforcement officials […]

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The Problem with Facebook, Google, and other Advertising-Driven Web Sites

Here is a quote from Wikipedia. These words are in the description of Idka, a collaborative social networking platform. However, the words apply to all of today’s web sites that are funded by advertising (which does not include Idka): “Idka was founded upon the belief that the advertising-driven model cannot be fixed, contrary to what Facebook and others have said. Idka is the antithesis to the ‘Stalker Economy’, the foundation […]

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China’s “Super Camera” Can Spot You in a Crowd of Thousands

You can run but you cannot hide from China’s new “Super Camera”! As ABC News reports, the new camera system is being referred to as a “Super Camera” due to the detail it can capture. Developed by Fudan University in conjunction with the Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics of Chinese Academy of Sciences, the camera is 500 megapixels, meaning it can be positioned in a stadium packed […]

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Privacy in a Digital World

The intensive collection of data and the inherent advantages of the new technology have spawned the cynical idea that privacy is dead, and we might as well just get used to that fact. However, Tehilla-Shwartz Altshuler disagrees. Tehilla is a Senior Fellow and head of the Democracy in the Information Age Program at the Israel Democracy Institute. In an article in the TechCrunch web site, Tehilla describes three aspects of […]

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U.S. Justice Department Sets Rules for Using Genealogy Sites to Solve Crimes

Investigators have used genealogy sites to solve a string of cold cases in recent years, but the US hasn’t really had a firm stance on how and when to use those sites. There’s now a basic framework in place, however. The U.S. Justice Department has established interim rules that determine how this forensic genetic genealogy can be used to tackle unsolved violent crimes. Officials portray it as striking a balance […]

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Cloudflare Unveils new WARP VPN

Cloudflare has announced that its new WARP VPN services are available for both Android and Apple iOS users. The new product claims to be more secure and also runs faster than its competitors. A company spokesperson stated, “building a next generation service to secure consumer mobile connections without slowing them down or burning battery was… harder than we originally thought.” The new WARP VPN is available in two versions: a […]

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If You Have Something to Hide, Make Sure You Hide It!

A recent article in the U.Today web site tells of the experience of a Norwegian billionaire who openly bragged to friends that he owned $11 million worth of Bitcoin. Unfortunately, too many people heard about the Norwegian’s investment success. The man soon jumped off his balcony to escape from a home invader who threatened him with a shotgun. The criminal was going to lay his hands on the billionaire’s $11 […]

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