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.

Senate Democrats Unveil Privacy Bill with Fines for Privacy Violations

From a Reuters News article: “Democratic senators proposed legislation on Tuesday that would set penalties for online companies like Alphabet Inc’s Google and Facebook Inc if they mishandle users’ personal data. “The measure comes at a time when the luster of the Big Tech platforms, once praised as one of the most dynamic parts of the U.S. economy, has faded because of data breaches and discomfort over what information about […]

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Web Creator Tim Berners-Lee Launches Plan to ‘Fix’ the Internet

A non-profit campaign group set up by Berners-Lee has secured the backing of Facebook and Google for his “contract for the web.” The contract calls on companies to respect consumers’ data privacy and urges governments to ensure everyone has access to the internet. Let’s hope he succeeds: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/11/25/tim-berners-lee-launches-contract-for-the-web-to-fix-the-internet.html.

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Telegram Founder Says Users Should ‘Delete WhatsApp’

WhatsApp doesn’t only fail to protect its users’ messages, it is consistently being used as a Trojan horse to spy on their users’ non-WhatsApp content, including photos kept on their phones. Founder of rival app Telegram, Pavel Durov, says people should just delete it. “Unless you are cool with all of your photos and messages becoming public one day, you should delete WhatsApp from your phone,” Durov said on his […]

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Homeland Security Department Sued for Allegedly Tracking and Interrogating Journalists

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security violated the First Amendment when it allegedly tracked and interrogated five journalists between 2018 and 2019, the American Civil Liberties Union said in a lawsuit filed Wednesday. The lawsuit includes accounts by five freelance photojournalists, all of whom are US citizens and were stopped by Customs and Border Protection, an agency within DHS, while traveling to and from Mexico between November 2018 and January […]

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Amnesty International Calls Facebook Surveillance An “Unprecedented Danger”

In recent months, Facebook has faced intense scrutiny from regulators and lawmakers around the world for its controversial data and privacy practices. Now, one of the largest and most powerful nonprofit organizations in the world has also weighed in. This week, Amnesty International said the business model of tech giants like Facebook and Google is “inherently incompatible with the right to privacy.” The venerable group also said that these companies’ […]

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