You belong now to Comcast & Verizon & AT&T
You belong now to Comcast & Verizon & AT&T

You belong now to Comcast & Verizon & AT&T and all the other big corporations from whom you receive the internet in America. And by, “you,” what we mean is all the data you generate when you go online with your home computers and mobile devices: all your browsing history, your record of purchases, your […]

Internet privacy is dead in America
Internet privacy is dead in America

Internet privacy is dead in America. Not that it was ever really alive in the first place. If you use the internet your digital life is an open book, there for anyone to see, corporations to use and governments to peruse. That is a fact of life in the digital age. But even the faintest […]

A bit more email privacy – maybe
A bit more email privacy – maybe

Internet privacy in the U.S. slogged a little forward in April when the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously approved a bit more email privacy – maybe. That’s right: unanimously approved. In an all-too-rare show of bi-partisan cooperation and, well, actual legislative action the U.S. Congress’ lower house gave unanimous voice-vote approval to H.R. 699, the […]

Should a government get into a smartphone?
Should a government get into a smartphone?

Should a government get into a smartphone? In other words, should a government have access to data inside a smartphone? Yea, we know. Your first reaction is, “no, of course not; that’s a violation of privacy.” But what if the smartphone the government wanted inside was the smartphone of a criminal? A murderer? A dead […]

Americans’ concern for privacy is, um, situational
Americans’ concern for privacy is, um, situational

Americans’ concern for privacy is, um, situational at best. At least this appears to be true according to a January report published by the Pew Research Center for Internet, Science and Tech. “Most Americans see privacy issues in commercial settings as contingent and context-dependent,” explains the Pew Center. “For instance, a majority of Americans think […]

The ethics of the Internet of Things
The ethics of the Internet of Things

The ethics of the Internet of Things might, at first blush, seem to some to be a bit counter-intuitive. How could “things” have ethics? And don’t even get us started on the ethics of the Internet. But, you see, the vast connection to the Internet of objects and tools we use every day – the […]

Government snooping increased on Facebook
Government snooping increased on Facebook

Government snooping increased on Facebook in the first half of 2015 by a cumulative 18 percent for all nations while government attempts to censor content increased by a cumulative 112 percent. These figures and many more are contained in Facebook’s latest release, November 11, of the so-called transparency report, a somewhat detailed analysis most major […]

Tech companies & privacy rights? Not so much.
Tech companies & privacy rights? Not so much.

A new study about the protection of digital privacy rights suggests tech companies & privacy rights? Not so much. “Many of the world’s most powerful Internet and telecommunications companies are not doing enough to respect basic user rights, according to the study released Nov. 3 by the Ranking Digital Rights organization. “Even the companies that […]

Facebook has your hack attack back
Facebook has your hack attack back

No need to worry now, Facebook has your hack attack back. That is to say, you needn’t worry too much about North Korea or, maybe, China or Russia or some other hacker nation trying to get into your Facebook account. Facebook will let you know about it. Should make you feel better. In a post […]

California online privacy law is a model
California online privacy law is a model

The new California online privacy law is a model for the rest of the nation, according to its supporters which include most major tech companies, the ACLU & privacy advocates around the nation. Adopted by the California Legislature in June and signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown on October 9, the heart of the […]