Full Text of the President’s Remarks on NSA and Surveillance

Remarks of President Barack Obama Results of our Signals Intelligence Review January 17, 2014 – Washington, D.C. As Prepared for Delivery At the dawn of our Republic, a small, secret surveillance committee borne out of the “The Sons of Liberty” was established in Boston. The group’s members included Paul Revere, and…

Redfish Announces Open Router Project to Improve Network Privacy

In the wake of the NSA surveillance mayhem, Redfish has announced “ORP1“, an open router project that is designed to protect users’ online privacy across all network connected devices in their home.  ORP1 will be a high-performance networking router with an easy-to-use interface that can run a firewall, IPSec virtual private…

Data Security Starts With Your Password

I am a happy user of Evernote, a fantastic web-based clipping service that I (and 65 million others) use to remember stuff.  Folks who know me, know I need the help.  😉 I recently received an email from them – about a data breach involving passwords.  They were concerned for my…

Will Your Black Friday Deals Spy on You Afterwards?

So with all the camping out in front of the stores and BIG electronic deals that will be given away next week, this article “LG Smart TVs logging USB filenames and viewing info to LG servers” already had caught my eye once this week and then again when my good friend…

German Court Rules Google Privacy Policy Violates Data Protection Laws

On Tuesday, the Regional Court of Berlin ruled that Google’s privacy policy and terms of service (ToS) violate Germany’s data protection laws. The case, which was brought on by the Federation of German Consumer Organizations (VZBV), states that clauses within the documents are vaguely formulated and restrict the rights of…

FTC Workshop Today

Don’t forget that the Federal Trade Commission is holding a public workshop today, Tuesday, November 19, 2013, in Washington, DC, to explore consumer privacy and security issues posed by the growing connectivity of devices. You can watch the webcast here if your NOT in Washington, DC or are to busy…

Pew Reports That Privacy Laws Are Inadequate

So I was thinking about what Tom Bartel said this week in his article, Exploring Privacy Harms: “We live in an online world, where increasingly the value proposition as users is a trade of our information and attention.  In exchange for our time and attention – we receive this value  – the free-use…

Exploring Privacy Harm

We live in an online world, where increasingly the value proposition as users is a trade of our information and attention.  In exchange for our time and attention – we receive this value  – the free-use of innovative, fun or useful services online.  I’ve mentioned this issue of “Data Harm” previously,…

The Choice of Choice is Still Elusive

One thing I hate about postal mail is the inability to remove yourself from advertising mailing lists.  One of the most frustrating things about this mail stream is often you  have no idea how you got on their list in the first place! Over the years, I have undoubtedly been…

Discounts Drive US Consumers to Disregard Privacy Concerns

I said it once and I will say it again, we are a “buy-one-get-one-free nation”. We will give away any piece of our Personally Identifiable Information (PII) to get even a minor discount at our favorite clothing or shoes stores.  This includes even the wife of my won youth. –…