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.

How 23andMe Will Mine its Giant DNA Database for Health and Wealth

Since the launch of DNA testing service 23andMe, around 10 million people have spit a half-teaspoon of saliva into a 23andMe plastic tube and mailed it in to get their ancestry or health-risk results. Nearly 5 million customers did so last year alone, generating an estimated $475 million in revenue for the company, which has yet to turn a profit. It’s also made CEO Anne Wojcicki (No. 33 on this […]

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Privacy Communications: Russia Says Tinder Must Share User Data, Private Messages

The Russian Big Brother is watching everyone! The Russian government has added dating service Tinder on a government database that legally forces the company to hand over user data and private communications to the country’s law enforcement and intelligence agencies. The database is called ORI, or the Register of Information Dissemination Organizations. According to Russian laws 97-FZ and 374-FZ, companies added to this database must hand over data to Russian […]

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Facebook Shareholders Vote Overwhelmingly to oust Mark Zuckerberg as Chairman

Lots of people think Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, should either resign or else be fired by the Board of Directors of the company. That includes the majority of stockholders of the corporation. However, Zuckerberg has not yet given any indication that he will do so. You can read about the stockholders’ revolt in an article by Jake Kanter in the Business Insider web site at: https://tinyurl.com/y4bv27wz.

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What is a VPN and Why do I Need One?

VPNs (Virtual Private Networks) are used to protect your privacy, unblock streaming locks, and hide from hackers and government spies alike. You can find an excellent article about why you want to use a VPN by Carrie Marshall in the T3.COM web site at: https://www.t3.com/features/what-is-a-vpn-and-why-do-i-need-one. The article seems to be an advertisement for ExpressVPN, a commercial VPN service. However, almost all the information provided in the article applies to all […]

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Spying Risk From Foreign VPNs Is Real

“While there are advantages to the use of VPN applications, they are not without risk,” DHS Cybersecurity Director Christopher Krebs told US Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) in a letter made public on Tuesday. VPNs, or virtual private networks, encrypt your internet connection and route traffic through a server controlled by the VPN provider. This can make the applications appealing to consumers worried about their privacy or who want to visit […]

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Purism Introduces A New Social Network Named ‘Librem Social’

Tired of your digital life being exploited online? Librem has been working on privacy-enhanced solutions. (See my past article about Librem at https://tinyurl.com/yxlt8ywe.) Now the company has added a new social network, Librem Social, available for both iOS and Android. According to the announcement: Librem Social is part of a network of social network servers already boasting over 2,000,000 users! Two Million! Follow friends. Make new ones. Share stories, pictures, […]

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Maine Passes Bill Prohibiting ISPs from Selling Customer Data Without Consent

With the FCC currently less than concerned with consumer privacy and net neutrality, it’s important for states to adopt their own measures. The state of Maine has passed a very strongly worded bill that highlights privacy before profit, and it could set a precedent for other states to follow. Detail may be found in an article by Eric Hamilton in the TechSpot web site at: https://tinyurl.com/privacyblog-2019-0602.

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