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.

Russians Hack FBI Communications System

The FBI and other law enforcement agencies want to have “backdoors” installed in all encrypted files and messages online. That is so the law enforcement agencies can spy on everyone and (hopefully) identify criminals. Of course, if this happens, everyone will depend upon the FBI and other law enforcement agencies to keep the information they find secret and safe from hackers, foreign governments, and other evil-doers world wide. That seems […]

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As Made-To-Order DNA Gets Cheaper, Keeping It Out Of The Wrong Hands Gets Harder

Researching one’s DNA ancestry is a fascinating project. Studying your own DNA or the DNA of your close relatives can be life-saving. However, MODIFYING the DNA of anyone or anything is a very scary topic! Even though it sounds like science fiction, DNA modifications are already being done and undoubtedly this field of science is going to expand. Details may be found in an article by Nell Greenfield-Byce in the […]

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Why Should You Trust ProtonMail?

An article in the Proton Mail Blog tells why this email product is highly secure and does a great job of protecting your privacy. To be sure, it is written by Proton Mail employees so it obviously is self-serving and is somewhat of a commercial for Proton Mail. Even so, it has some good information. As you read Why Should You Trust Protonmail?, you might want to mentally compare it […]

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If You Are Using Hotspot VPN, Free VPN Master, Secure VPN, or Security Master by Cheetah Mobile on Your Android Device, Uninstall Them Now!

VPNs are supposed to protect you from snoops and unwanted advertising. However, four VPNs do the exact opposite: these four not only serve their own ads while running the background, but ads are also placed outside the apps, including on the home screen. The producing companies make money if you click on one of these ads. The four VPN apps have been downloaded more than 500 million times! You can […]

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Secret FBI Subpoenas Scoop Up Personal Data From Scores of Companies

The F.B.I. has used secret subpoenas to obtain personal data from far more companies than previously disclosed, newly released documents show. The requests, which the F.B.I. says are critical to its counterterrorism efforts, have raised privacy concerns for years but have been associated mainly with tech companies. Now, records show how far beyond Silicon Valley the practice extends — encompassing scores of banks, credit agencies, cellphone carriers and even universities. […]

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Utah Adds More Privacy to Family Information Submitted to Online Genealogy and DNA Web Sites

Utah is now a safe haven for digital privacy and a model for the rest of the country to emulate. In March, Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed into law a first of its kind privacy bill, HB 57, which prevents law enforcement officials from obtaining user data from third-party providers such as genealogy sites, Google, or Facebook just by asking. The new law says anyone who sends personal electronic information […]

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Facebook Confirms It Collected Audio of People Talking to its Portal Devices and Had the Recordings Transcribed

If you have one of Facebook’s Portal Devices, you can assume that the words you thought were private when talking with your family were not private at all. In fact, your words may have been transcribed and are now saved for whatever use and whatever purpose Facebook wishes. Given the company’s past actions, we can assume the desire is to invade your privacy in some manner is planned so that […]

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