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.

Anyone With a Camera and $5 Can Now Have a License Plate Reader

Yes, you can now invade the privacy of motorist just like your local police department. For some reason Rekor Systems thinks you need a license plate reader. The $5 per month subscription allows homeowners to add the company’s OpenALPR software to almost any home security camera. Details may be found in an article by Igor Bonifacic in the engadget web site at https://www.engadget.com/2020/01/30/watchman-openalpr-homeowners-launch/.

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Facebook Settles Lawsuit Over Its Use of Facial Recognition for $550 Million

After years of wrangling in courts, Facebook finally has settled a lawsuit over its privacy-invasive use of facial recognition. Last year it agreed to stop turning on the tech to scan photos by default, which built a template of your facial data, and automatically suggested tags in photos based on it. Details may be found in an article by Richard Lawler in the engadget web site at https://www.engadget.com/2020/01/30/facebook-photo-tagging-facial-recognition. In other […]

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Wawa’s Massive Card Breach: 30 Million Customers’ Details are now For Sale Online

If you have used Wawa’s convenience stores and gas stations at any time from from March 4 until December 12, 2019, your name, credit card number(s), and other personal information are already known to numerous hackers. On Monday, hackers put up for sale the payment card details of more than 30 million Americans and over one million foreigners on Joker’s Stash, the internet’s largest carding fraud forum.

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Amazon’s Ring app shares Loads of your Personal Info, Report Finds

Unfortunately, this applies to not only Ring, but also to many web sites, social media services, and computerized devices used by millions of people around the world. However, a recent article by Kate Cox and published in the Ars Technica web site focuses on the appalling business practices of Amazon’s Ring devices. You probably want to read the article at http://bit.ly/312TVbe and then stop to think about the organizations that […]

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