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.

Arizona Court Rules Arizona Residents Have Right to Internet Privacy

The Arizona Court of Appeals has ruled that Arizonans have an (Arizona) constitutional right to online privacy to prevent police from accessing one’s identity or home address from a third-party without a warrant. The court ruled that the Arizona constitution provides residents the right to privacy that goes beyond the Fourth amendment protection from unreasonable searches. Presiding Judge Eppich wrote: “The third-party doctrine allows the government a peek at this […]

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Singapore Could Embrace Bitcoin First

Bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies have been the subject of several statements from government officials lately, primarily because these cryptocurrencies provide a lot of privacy. The United States, the United Kingdom, and several other government’s representatives have claimed that Bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies should be limited or completely banned because these governments cannot easily spy on their citizens’ transactions. Indeed, the governments of China and India have already attempted to ban […]

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The Government Of Kazakhstan is Coercing its Citizens to Install a Root Certificate in their Devices that will Allow the Authorities to Monitor Everything the Citizens Do Online

UPDATE: The Kazakhstan government announced on 8 August 2019 that the project is being abandoned. Kazakhstan’s State Security Committee said in a statement that the certificate rollout was simply a test which has now been completed. Users can remove the certificate and use internet as usual, it said. While this is scary for the citizens of Kazakhstan, every computer user in the world also should be concerned. If one government […]

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How to Thwart Facial Recognition

To enable people to obfuscate facial-recognition software programs, Leonardo Selvaggio, an interdisciplinary artist who is 34 and white, made available 3-D, photo-realistic prosthetic masks of his own face to anyone who wants one. He tested the masks by asking people connected to him on Facebook to upload pictures of themselves in the prosthetic: It didn’t matter if they were skinny women or barrel-chested men; short or tall; black, brown, Asian […]

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Worried about the Capital One Hack? ? Here’s What To Do.

Millions of Capital One customers have been affected by a data breach that the bank says happened in March. Approximately 100 million people in the United States and 6 million more in Canada are affected, the company said, with about 140,000 Social Security numbers, 1 million Canadian Social Insurance numbers and 80,000 bank account numbers compromised. That may include you. Michelle Toh tells what affected Capital One customers should do […]

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Did Facebook End The Encryption Debate?

The ability of encryption to shield a user’s communications rests upon the assumption that the sender and recipient’s devices are themselves secure, with the encrypted channel the only weak point… [But] Facebook announced earlier this year preliminary results from its efforts to move a global mass surveillance infrastructure directly onto users’ devices where it can bypass the protections of end-to-end encryption. In Facebook’s vision, the actual end-to-end encryption client itself […]

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