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.

WhatsApp will Stop Working on MILLIONS of Smartphones Worldwide in 2020

WhatsApp will stop working on Windows Phone after December 31, 2019. The app also ends Android 2.3.7 and iPhone iOS 8 support from February. Users of these operating systems are already unable to create new WhatsApp accounts or re-verify existing accounts. WhatsApp has long been plagued with various security problems. NOTE: See https://duckduckgo.com/?q=site%3Aprivacyblog.com+whatsapp&t=brave&ia=web to find a list of past articles in this blog concerning WhatsApp. Most of those articles Managers […]

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Trump Administration Drops Plans for Mandatory Face Scans of Citizens

Good news: The Department of Homeland Security is dropping plans to propose a regulation requiring all travelers — including U.S. citizens — to have their photos taken and faces scanned by facial recognition technology when entering and exiting the country, according to multiple reports. The proposed rule was slated to be issued in July of next year and would be part of a larger effort by U.S. Customs and Border […]

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FTC officially rules that Cambridge Analytica deceived Facebook Users

There’s no surprise here: More than 18 months after the scandal first broke, the Federal Trade Commission has officially ruled that Cambridge Analytica deceived consumers through its data-gathering practices. Details may be found in an article by Colin Lecher in TheVerge web site at: https://www.theverge.com/2019/12/6/20999078/ftc-cambridge-analytica-facebook-users-official-ruling-privacy-scandal.

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Amazon is Getting Free Access to NHS Medical Data

“As fear mounts in the UK at the prospect of the NHS being sold in part or in whole to the US, the government has decided to give Amazon access to National Health Service data for free. “The arrangement means that Amazon will be able to access ‘healthcare information, including … symptoms, causes, and definitions’. The tech giant will be able to use the data in conjunction with Alexa to […]

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Google Maps tracks everywhere you go. Here’s how to automatically delete what it stores.

You may be shocked at how much Google (and Facebook and Amazon and numerous other online sites) know about you and your life. You probably will want to delete all information these online giants know about you. Actually, you cannot delete EVERYTHING they know about you but at least Google gives you an option to delete SOME of their stored information concerning your privacy. You can check it out in […]

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WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Instagram May Soon Be Banned

Due to a patent infringement case that Facebook recently lost, its apps including WhatsApp and Instagram may soon be prohibited, at least in Germany where it lost the case. That may result in the same apps later being banned worldwide. Details may be found at: https://www.gizchina.com/2019/12/07/whatsapp-facebook-messenger-and-instagram-may-soon-be-banned/ I believe banning these apps would be a good thing. WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Instagram all have been plagued by security problems. Each has […]

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Avoid Ransomware by Moving to the Cloud

Ransomware is one of the biggest threats to computer systems today. If you are not familiar with the word “ransomware,” read the description on Wikipedia at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ransomware. The Wikipedia article states, “Ransomware is a type of malware from cryptovirology that threatens to publish the victim’s data or perpetually block access to it unless a ransom is paid. Ransomware attacks are very common on Windows systems. Corporations, hospitals, governments, and individuals […]

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