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.

Probably the Best Laptop Security for use while Crossing Borders

Computer security expert Bruce Schneier has written about a supposedly fool-proof method of encrypting the entire hard drive of a laptop computer. That means that you can travel internationally without ever revealing the contents of your laptop to Customs or other officials anywhere you travel. Even you will be unable to access the information until some time after you arrive at your destination. Best of all, you can do this […]

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Facebook Ships Oculus Controllers with the Message: Big Brother is Watching

OK, so this reportedly was an error by Facebook employees so perhaps we cannot blame the company. Or was it a deliberately-created “error” secretly performed by employees to warn customers about Facebook’s business practices? You can decide for yourself after watching the video and reading the article by Charlie Osborne in the ZDNet web site at: https://zd.net/2VMzz2m. With Facebook’s reputation, everyone knows that Big Brother Facebook is watching everything you […]

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Microsoft’s Outlook.com Has Been Compromised for Months, Email Addresses and Subject Lines,and More Were Left Exposed

If you or someone you contact via e-mail uses Microsoft’s webmail services, such as Outlook.com, then it is possible that you have been involved in a data breach. If so, it’s time to change all your online passwords! Microsoft confirmed to TechCrunch this week that the firm’s webmail services have been a victim of a data breach. Data on customers was left exposed through a support agent’s credentials which were […]

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Google Location History Explained

Location History is a feature that Google introduced in 2009. It “saves where you go with your devices, even when you aren’t using a specific Google service.” That essentially means that tracking and recording of where you are occurs in the background, even when users don’t actively have a location app (like Google Maps) open on their phone. Each location is shown by a red dot. For instance, here is […]

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Researchers Want to Link Your Genes to Your Income but Should They?

The UK Biobank is the single largest public genetic repository in the world, with samples of the genetic blueprints of half a million Brits standing by for scientific study. But when David Hill, a statistical geneticist at the University of Edinburgh, went poring through that data, he wasn’t looking for a cure for cancer or deeper insights into the biology of aging. Nothing like that. He was trying to figure […]

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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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