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Social Media Companies Object to Government Monitoring – Principled Concern or Commercial Hypocrisy

In response to the revelations about NSA monitoring, companies like Google have stepped up their efforts to protect the privacy of their users. Among other things, Google announced that they are encrypting all of their data to try to protect … Continue reading

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Don’t Underestimate the Technology

Over at Vice.com, Patrick McGuire has a good article analyzing a new combination of hardware and app called “Tile” that bills itself as “the worlds largest lost and found.” Tiles are little 1″x1″ wifi-enabled tags that you can stick to … Continue reading

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The Lack of NSA Supervision

As I noted in my last post, President Obama and the NSA are saying, “Trust us, we’re not doing anything wrong and we’re not spying on Americans.” Even if that were the case, I argued, the wholesale collection of data … Continue reading

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Government Surveilance – Should We “Get Over It”?

As I’ve noted before, in 1999 Scott McNeely said, “You have zero privacy anyway. Get over it.” Roughly 14 years later (multiple lifetimes in terms of politics and the internet), President Obama said pretty much the same thing, albeit disguised … Continue reading

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Privacy and Data Security for the Normal Person

[7/15 – Updated Item 9 to include link to July 14 NYT story.] On April 17, 2013, the UN special envoy on free expression warned that advances in technology have made governments’ effectiveness in conducting surveillance virtually unlimited in scale … Continue reading

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