Privacy Blog

“By continuing the process of inflation, governments can confiscate secretly and unobserved an important part of the wealth of their citizens.” – John Maynard Keynes, writing about the effects of a seemingly small amount of inflation every year.

New York Times: The Privacy Project

From an article published in The New York Times: “Companies and governments are gaining new powers to follow people across the internet and around the world, and even to peer into their genomes. The benefits of such advances have been apparent for years; the costs — in anonymity, even autonomy — are now becoming clearer. The boundaries of privacy are in dispute, and its future is in doubt. Citizens, politicians […]

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What Happened When the DEA Demanded Passwords from LastPass

There are a dozen or more password managers for Macintosh, Windows, Linux, Chrome, Android, and Apple iOS computers. LastPass has always had a good reputation for being one of the more secure password managers. That was proven once again recently when the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) demanded logins and physical and IP addresses, as well as communications between a user and LogMeIn, the owner of massively popular tool LastPass. LastPass […]

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Facebook Showed Me My Data Is Everywhere And I Have Absolutely No Control Over It

From an article by Katie Notopoulos in the BuzzFeed web site: “A transparency tool on Facebook inadvertently provides a window into the confusing maze of companies you’ve never heard of who appear to have your data. “It turns out this long list of advertisers represents several sides of digital advertising that extends beyond Facebook: traditional ad targeting, influencers and sponsored content, and advertisers on Facebook who leverage personal data from […]

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Opera 60 Reborn 3 promises to be Web3-ready with a Crypto Wallet and a Revamped VPN

Opera Software has released Opera 60.0, a major new version of its web browser dubbed Reborn 3. The ‘3’ is a partial reference to the browser’s support for Web3, the so-called decentralized “block-chain based internet of the future”. The new browser’s support for Web3 comes with a new Crypto Wallet to facilitate secure online identification and transactions. The browser’s free VPN service has also been overhauled along with a design […]

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The End of the Desktop Computer?

Many people, myself included, have predicted that the desktop computers are slowly becoming obsolete. (I wrote about this more than two years ago. You can see my earlier articles by starting at http://bit.ly/2IdHxxy.) I believe that desktop computers and even the more expensive laptops are going to be replaced by simpler, cheaper systems that use modern technology to deliver similar performance, perhaps even better performance, than today’s desktop systems. NOTE: […]

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Private and Secure Messaging Alternatives

Are you a frequent user of text messaging? If so, are you also aware that most text messaging services send the messages “in the clear?” That means the messages are not encrypted in any way and can easily be monitored by the providing companies, Internet Service Providers (ISPs), governments, and malicious hackers alike. Does that make you uncomfortable? Whatever you do, never use Facebook’s Messenger! While Facebook claims they don’t […]

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Fairfax County, Virginia Police can No Longer Maintain a Database of Photos of Vehicle License Plates because of Privacy Laws

A Fairfax County judge on Monday ordered the Fairfax County police to stop maintaining a database of photos of vehicle license plates, with the time and location where they were snapped, ruling that “passive use” of data from automated license plate readers on the back of patrol cars violates Virginia privacy law. Details may be found in an article by Tom Jackman in the Washington Post at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/crime-law/2019/04/02/judge-orders-fairfax-police-stop-collecting-data-license-plate-readers.

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