Facebook promises no more third-party surveillance
Facebook promises no more third-party surveillance

Facebook promises no more third-party surveillance – that means companies who sell to police agencies information on Facebook users, typically civil protesters. “Today we are adding language to our Facebook and Instagram platform policies to more clearly explain that developers cannot ‘use data obtained from us to provide tools that are used for surveillance’,” posted […]

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 […]

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 […]

Facebook & Tor, the Dark Web?
Facebook & Tor, the Dark Web?

Facebook & Tor, the Dark Web? Plenty of tech press reports have surfaced which suggest Facebook is allowing Android users to opt for the Dark Web, avoiding censors in countries where FB is banned. The tech press reports (remember, this is the tech press) suggest Facebook is rolling out to users of its Android app […]

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 […]

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 […]

EU high court pulled a plug on U.S. data transfer
EU high court pulled a plug on U.S. data transfer

In a October 6 ruling with potentially monumental effects for Facebook, Google and thousands of other tech companies, the EU high court pulled a plug on U.S. data transfer. The European Court of Justice, the European Union’s highest court, ruled invalid Tuesday the so-called Safe Harbour Agreement which allowed the free flow of data between […]

Government wants your data, tech says no – so far.
Government wants your data, tech says no – so far.

It’s really this simple: government wants your data, tech says no – at least, tech companies are so far saying no. So much online data flows through the InterTubes – much of it very private information about individuals – big governments (like the U.S., Britain and many more) really salivate over how much crime and […]

Americans lost hope of data privacy
Americans lost hope of data privacy

According to a new survey, somewhere  along the line (recently, we presume) Americans lost hope of data privacy. This is bad. Not just bad. Unless something changes in the public psyche this could be the canary in the coal mine which spells doom for what we’ve all called for generations the American Experience of an open […]

Americans care about online privacy
Americans care about online privacy

Americans care about online privacy. They worry about it, according to recent surveys conducted by the Pew Research Center. A great majority of Americans (93 percent) say it’s important while 74 percent say it’s “very important” and 19 percent say it’s “somewhat important.” But at the same time, the Pew surveys suggest Americans may have […]