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“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.

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“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 Replacement Mats (60 White Sheets) - Basketball Traction System.) 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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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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Facebook Lawyer says ‘There is No Privacy’

It is really sad when a lawyer working for the biggest online privacy thief claims “there is no privacy.” “There is no invasion of privacy at all, because there is no privacy,” on Facebook or any other social media site, company attorney Orin Snyder told U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria. The statement was made in regards to one of the many lawsuits against Facebook. The statement provides a rare, inside […]

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An interesting article by Alison Cooper on the HowStuffWorks web site points out that paying bills online is much safer than sending a check through the post office: “Online bill payment is also safer than the snail-mail method: Your personal information is much more vulnerable to theft if it’s on paper and physically moving through the postal system.” Also, ” You can also use your credit card to pay all […]

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Apple, Google and WhatsApp Condemn GCHQ Proposal To Eavesdrop on Encrypted Messages

In an open letter to GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters), 47 signatories including Apple, Google and WhatsApp have jointly urged the U.K. cybersecurity agency to abandon its plans for a so-called “ghost protocol.” It comes after intelligence officials at GCHQ proposed a way in which they believed law enforcement could access end-to-end encrypted communications without undermining the privacy, security or confidence of other users. Details of the initiative were first published […]

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How Your Privacy Will Be Protected in the 2020 Census

Every ten years the U.S. Census Bureau conducts a nationwide survey that sets the terms for the country’s democracy. The questionnaire yields rich data, including people’s names, street addresses, ages, races, ethnicities, and other details. People’s responses help determine dynamics of power, such as how seats are apportioned in the House of Representatives, where voting districts get divided, and which communities receive federal funds. But the bureau, tasked with releasing […]

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CrossFit, Inc., which boasts 15,000 affiliates and millions of followers, said it was investigating alleged security problems and opposed what it called Facebook’s overwhelming influence on”the marketplace of public thought,” the fitness company said in a statement. “All activity on CrossFit, Inc.’s Facebook and Instagram accounts was suspended as of May 22, 2019, as CrossFit investigates the circumstances pertaining to Facebook’s deletion of the Banting7DayMealPlan and other well-known public complaints […]

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The following article has little to do with privacy, other than the fact that Chrome computers are generally considered to be some of the most secure personal computers available today. However, it does discuss my recent experiences with low-cost computing and I think it may be of interest to many readers of this blog. Here is a conversation I had recently with a friend: “A couple of weeks ago I […]

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Here is still ANOTHER data leak in a product supplied by Facebook. This time it’s the Facebook-owned photo-sharing application Instagram. An unprotected AWS (Amazon Web Services) server containing personal information of millions of Instagram influencers, celebrities, and brand accounts have been found online, the TechCrunch reported. According to the security researcher Anurag Sen, who discovered the leak and notified TechCrunch, the database had over 49 million records exposed online, allowing […]

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