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.

FCC Confirms Wireless Carriers Broke Federal Law by Selling Location Data

At the center of the investigation are all four major U.S. carriers: AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile. It is unclear at this time which groups will be penalized, and what that penalty will look like. Further documentation on the specifics of the violation is forthcoming. Details may be found in an article by Alison Foreman on the Mashable web site at: https://mashable.com/article/fcc-concludes-location-data-investigation/.

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Want to Take Back Your Online Privacy? 7 Easy Steps to Stop Facebook and Others From Spying on You

In my opinion, an article by Jessica Guynn in the USA Today web site should be required reading for everyone who ever uses the Internet: “Survey after survey shows we don’t like having our sensitive personal information collected, monitored and tracked whenever we share with friends on social media, shop online or use our mobile devices. “Yet we hand over much of this information willingly, whether to Facebook and Instagram, […]

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A Court Tried To Force Ancestry.com To Open Up Its DNA Database To Police. The Company Said No.

From an article by Peter Aldhous in the BuzzFeed News web site: “Ancestry.com, the largest DNA testing company in the world, was served a search warrant to give police access to its database of some 16 million DNA profiles, but the company did not comply. “Ancestry received one request seeking access to Ancestry’s DNA database through a search warrant,” the company revealed in its 2019 transparency report released last week. […]

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10 Reasons Telegram Founder ‘Thinks’ Using WhatsApp is Dangerous

Telegram founder Pavel Durov in an official blog post listed out several reports to criticize WhatsApp and explained why he thinks using WhatsApp is dangerous. Telegram is a WhatsApp rival app and Durov went no holds barred in stating his bias against WhatsApp. “Some could say that, as a founder of a rival app, I may be biased when criticizing WhatsApp. Of course I am. Of course I consider Telegram […]

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Anyone With a Camera and $5 Can Now Have a License Plate Reader

Yes, you can now invade the privacy of motorist just like your local police department. For some reason Rekor Systems thinks you need a license plate reader. The $5 per month subscription allows homeowners to add the company’s OpenALPR software to almost any home security camera. Details may be found in an article by Igor Bonifacic in the engadget web site at https://www.engadget.com/2020/01/30/watchman-openalpr-homeowners-launch/.

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