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.

New Bill Promises an End To Our Privacy Nightmare, Jail Time To CEOs Who Lie

Here is a quote from U.S. Senator Ron Wyden: “Mark Zuckerberg won’t take Americans’ privacy seriously unless he feels personal consequences. Under my bill he’d face jail time for lying to the government.” If the bill passes, Zuckerberg and many other senior executives will become responsible for their actions or, in some cases, for their lack of action. Oregon Senator Ron Wyden has unveiled updated privacy legislation he says will […]

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California Governor Signs Bill Banning Facial Recognition Tech Use By State’s Law Enforcement Agencies

From an article by Tim Cushing in the TechDirt web site: “Building on San Francisco’s first-of-its-kind ban on government face recognition, California this week enacted a landmark law that blocks police from using body cameras for spying on the public. “The state-wide law keeps thousands of body cameras used by police officers from being transformed into roving surveillance devices that track our faces, voices, and even the unique way we walk. Importantly, […]

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Edward Snowden said: ‘Without Encryption, We Will Lose All Privacy. This is Our New Battleground’

This statement clearly states why encryption is important to everyone, private citizens, public officials, sports figures, celebrities, and everyone else alike: “… in the midst of the greatest computer security crisis in history, the US government, along with the governments of the UK and Australia, is attempting to undermine the only method that currently exists for reliably protecting the world’s information: encryption. Should they succeed in their quest to undermine […]

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What Your Personal Information is Worth to Cybercriminals

From an article by Ionut Ilascu in the Bleeping Computer web site: “Cybercriminals have multiple markets to get illicit goods and prices on these underground forums are likely driven by supply and demand, just like in the legal economy. Offerings found on deep and dark web (DDW) markets include anything that can be monetized in one way or another. Common goods cover any financial information that can be used for […]

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The Decentralized Web Is Coming

Tim Berners-Lee and other web pioneers intended for their creation to be decentralized and open-source. “The cyber-utopian view was not merely that seizing the means of information would make you free, but that failing to do so would put you in perpetual chains,” says Doctorow. There are many theories about why the web became centralized. Doctorow largely blames the abuse of intellectual property law to defeat the decentralized “free software” […]

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Beijing Launches New Rule: Residents Must Pass Facial Recognition Test to Surf Internet

The Chinese regime announced a new rule which requires residents to pass a facial recognition test in order to apply for an internet connection via smartphone or computer. The rule will be implemented from Dec. 1, 2019. In addition, no cell phone or landline number can be transferred to another person privately. The new rule will certainly allow the Chinese government track people and their online behavior. Anonymity online is […]

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