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.

The EU could hit Facebook with Billions in Fines over Privacy Violations

The European Union is reportedly nearing the end of its investigation into some of the cases it opened against Facebook under the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR, the Wall Street Journal reports. In total, Ireland’s Data Protection Commission, which is leading the investigation since Facebook’s HQ in Europe is in Dublin, has 11 cases against the social network.

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If You Are Using Windows, Read This Now!

Microsoft has issued a ‘critical’ update warning to millions of Windows users. It describes a newly-discovered security bug that is one of the most dangerous bugs ever discovered in Windows. Even worse, none of today’s anti-virus and anti-malware products will detect the problem. (Hopefully, that will change soon.) Details may be found in an article by Gordon Kelly in the Forbes web site at: https://tinyurl.com/privacy190814a. The article states: “Windows users, […]

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How to Use Clothing to Legally Trick Surveillance Cameras

If you want to avoid surveillance by automatic license plate readers, which use networked surveillance cameras and simple image recognition to track the movements of automobiles, one company suggests you wear one of their t-shirts. Or a dress. Or a hoodie. White hat hacker and fashion designer Kate Rose presented the inaugural collection of her Adversarial Fashion line at the recent DefCon cybersecurity conference in Las Vegas. Several different items […]

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Opt Out of All the Data Sharing You Wouldn’t Opt In To

How to stop data companies like Apple, LinkedIn or Yelp or others that might share your private data with third-parties. First, visit Simple Opt Out at https://simpleoptout.com. The website compiles the policies and opt out links of several social media platforms, phone companies, magazine publishers, etc., so you don’t have to sift through indecipherable legal language in terms and conditions or privacy pages. The Simple Opt Out won’t perform the […]

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Warning Issued For Apple’s 1.4 Billion iPad And iPhone Users

Security firm Check Point has revealed it has found a way to hack every iPhone and iPad running iOS 8 right up to betas of iOS 13. This spread covers eight years of devices (iOS 8 supports the 2011 iPhone 4S) and, with Tim Cook stating there are 1.4 billion (Yes, that’s BILLIONS!) active iPhone and iPad devices around the world, this is worrying news for the owners of pretty […]

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