What Can Be Gleaned From Trump’s Allegations of Wiretapping

“An accusation for which the president again offered no evidence sets off another spasm surrounding his young administration.”

SafeJunction holds the privacy of citizens and lawfully conducted investigations, including conversations, documents, and materials gleaned thereby to be of the highest importance in a free democracy.  We believe that an individual’s right to privacy in the conduct of lawful personal and business affairs is a right, not just a privilege to be taken lightly.

Source: What Can Be Gleaned From Trump’s Allegations of Wiretapping – The New York Times

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No such thing as absolute privacy

“There is no such thing as absolute privacy in America; there is no place outside of judicial reach,” Comey said at a Boston College conference on cybersecurity. He made the remark as he discussed the rise of encryption since 2013 disclosures by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden revealed sensitive US spy practices.
“Even our communications with our spouses, with our clergy members, with our attorneys are not absolutely private in America,” Comey added. “In appropriate circumstances, a judge can compel any one of us to testify in court about those very private communications.”
 But, he also said Americans “have a reasonable expectation of privacy in our homes, in our cars, in our devices.
“It is a vital part of being an American. The government cannot invade our privacy without good reason, reviewable in court,” Comey continued.
The privacy conversation continues in 2017 as the White House sends mixed messages.  And new threats to computing devices and TVs remind us to be vigilent and not assume that we are protected from surveillance, hacking, and cyber crime.

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Symantec to acquire LifeLock for $2.3B

Security company will combine identity protection service with Norton.

As 2016 wanes, “the year of privacy” finally has a significant event to teach us that privacy has finally come of age.  The $2.3B LifeLock acquisition marks the maturing of an industry that has struggled to find a place in mainstream Internet life.  Countless articles about the end of privacy and the public’s seeming lack of concern about personal information and data has been common theme for many years.

May be this event signals a change in all that.

Source: Symantec to acquire LifeLock for $2.3B

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Exclusive: Yahoo secretly scanned customer emails for U.S. intelligence

Yahoo Inc last year secretly built a custom software program to search all of its customers’ incoming emails for specific information provided by U.S. intelligence officials, according to people familiar with the matter.The company complied with a classified U.S. government demand, scanning hundreds of millions of Yahoo Mail accounts at the behest of the National Security Agency or FBI, said three former employees and a fourth person apprised of the events.

SafeJunction protects your documents and emails from prying eyes.

Source: Exclusive: Yahoo secretly scanned customer emails for U.S. intelligence – sources | Reuters\

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Changing Tactics: The Rise of the Privacy Advocates

Justin Brookman of the Center for Democracy and Technology certainly thinks privacy advocates are gaining traction. Five years ago, for example, the public really wasn’t engaged in the conversation about privacy at all.

“The issues weren’t intuitive to them, and the message wasn’t getting out,” Brookman said.

The privacy conversation continues with increased awareness of threats to Internet users identities and information.  Until there’s a major event, breach, or high profile privacy breach, users will continue to assume that they won’t get hacked, have their financial services compromised, or be embarrassed.  SafeJunction continues to believe that our privacy products will continue to be relevant, but market adoption will be slow.

Changing Tactics

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Why Don’t You Care About Privacy?

Why don’t you care about privacy?

Simple answer:

Because most of us think we already have it. After all there are two amendments to the Constitution of The United States, the First and Fourth that “guarantee” our privacy.

And because we aren’t animals at the core.

Have you ever watched a dog sitting at the door of the house, ears perked up, attentive?  That dog cares about privacy, or better yet security.  He (she)’s built to protect the territory, assuming nothing – at each sound or sign of danger – alert behavior results including standing, barking, growling, or aggressively moving forward toward the intrusion.

But humans aren’t wired for such alert protection.  In fact we’ve grown accustomed to all sorts of questionable, curious, and random changes in our modern lives that should attract our attention, but which we seem to dismiss out of hand.  The proliferation of security cameras in public places is a great example.  The only time we do pay attention is AFTER we’ve been attacked or violated or been subject to theft or monetary loss.

There are times, though, when we actually take steps to protect things.  With valuables, we will hide them under the bed or in a safe, secure location that would be hard for an intruder to find.  Similarly have learned to protect our computers and smart devices with passwords, although research shows that password patterns are so easily recreated that we might be better off without them.  In fact, current technology industry predictions suggest that passwords will go away and be replaced by bio-metric security.

We rail against cyber crime, merchant account breaches, and data compromises but still seem NOT to care too much about exposing our identities and information casually to the Internet world.

It would seem that best we can do today is to be pulled along by device manufacturers who will use security features as marketing tactics to keep us buying their devices.  So watch for various new twists on bio-metric security from all the major vendors in late 2016.  But don’t expect to see any new awareness of the importance of privacy as a result.

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New FCC regulations may not give consumers true online privacy protection

Google, Facebook, Amazon and a myriad of other “edge providers” are not covered by the eventual privacy rules that will be drafted.

Our social media giants continue to provide the illusion that your identity is safe – just what you’d expect from a free service.

Source: New FCC regulations may not give consumers true online privacy protection | TechCrunch

President Obama Speaks In The East Room Of White House On Efforts To Reduce Gun Violence

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How to Thank a Teacher – 25 Simple Ways

“They work long hours supporting and educating our children. How often have you taken the time to say thank you? Here are 25 simple ways to say thanks: Give a sincere thank you in person Slip a thank you card on their desk Write a special note in your child’s homework folder Send a kind email […]

  1. Give a sincere thank you in person
  2. Slip a thank you card on their desk
  3. Write a special note in your child’s homework folder
  4. Send a kind email to thank them for something specific they did for your child
  5. Have your child write a note or draw a picture for them
  6. Stop in for a brief moment before or after school to say thanks
  7. Tell the principal and other administrators how much you appreciate your child’s teacher
  8. Send in supplies for the classroom
  9. Volunteer in the classroom
  10. Chaperone a field trip
  11. Volunteer to help with something at home (cutting out lamination, organizing files, etc.)
  12. Offer to come in and help make copies or work on a special project
  13. Give a gift card for Teacher Appreciation Week
  14. Donate an iTunes gift cards so the class can download new apps
  15. Buy a book to donate to the class library
  16. Bring in homemade treats
  17. Deliver a cookie, or other tasty treat from a local bakery
  18. Find out what their favorite snack is and bring it to them
  19. Recognize them with some takeout for lunch
  20. Make a bouquet of pencils or highlighters or other school supplies
  21. Compliment them on Facebook
  22. Bring in their favorite soft drink or tea
  23. Give them flowers
  24. Buy a gift certificate they can use at a bookstore
  25. Help with stress; bring a relaxing gift – bath salts, soothing lotions or gift certificate for a pedicure”

Source: How to Thank a Teacher – 25 Simple Ways

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FTC takes on ransomware, drones, smart TV Consumer Technology Issues

As part of its consumer protection mission, the FTC regularly holds events designed to bring together broad expertise to enhance public understanding of key issues. In 2014, the Commission held a series of seminars examining the privacy implications of mobile device tracking, consumer generated health data, and alternative scoring techniques. The FTC’s exploration of these topics informed subsequent policy, research, and enforcement work. The agency recently held a workshop on cross-device tracking, as well as the first-of-its-kind PrivacyCon, which provided a platform for academics to present novel research on privacy issues.

Source: FTC to Host Fall Seminar Series on Emerging Consumer Technology Issues | Federal Trade Commission

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