Phony VPN Services Are Cashing in on America’s War on Privacy

Sad.

And now all of the respectable privacy services will become subject to greater scrutiny.

Source: Phony VPN Services Are Cashing in on America’s War on Privacy – Motherboard

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If 2015 was historic for privacy, then 2016 was pivotal

Privacy issues and the privacy conversation are not going away in spite of the public laissez-faire attitudes that don’t seem to change until there’s a hack, identity theft, or financial loss.  Each major announcement seems to be met with public outcry and demands for legislation, but little seems to happen to change the overall perception of “it won’t happen to me”.

Source: If 2015 was historic for privacy, then 2016 was pivotal

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Web of Trust browser add-on caught selling users’ data

“For now, anyone using the WOT extension is strongly recommended to immediately uninstall the extension right now.”

Just another nasty example of the lack of privacy, trust, or security on the Internet.  It continues to be a jungle out there.  What will it take?

Source: Web of Trust browser add-on caught selling users’ data

Trust

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Encrypting Data – Securing Your Document Privacy in the Cloud

According to data from the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, more than one third of all U.S. adults will have their personal identity information lost or compromised this year by a company that stores their data electronically. This is an incredibly sobering statistic.Who is to blame for this? Hackers and lackadaisical employees for sure, but many companies are not doing everything in their power to encrypt confidential customer data. Ultimately, it is the company’s responsibility to protect confidential customer data. In some states, it’s even illegal to leave customer data unencrypted.

Pretty sobering stuff.  Encryption is THE solution to privacy.  The trick will be protecting the data of honest citizens while providing the legal means to disarm potential cyber criminals and terrorists.

Source: Encrypting Data – CloudHesive.com :: Securing Your Enterprise in the Cloud

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‘Privacy Shield’ Agreement Between EU And U.S. Looks Inadequate, Could Be Challenged At CJEU

“EU and the U.S. reached a new data transferring framework to ensure privacy protections for EU citizens’ data. However, initial analysis of the agreement doesn’t show that it’s very promising or resilient against new CJEU scrutiny.”

We (in the US) continue to struggle with model nations across the water whose privacy rights are much more stringent than ours.  Lets hope that 2016 becomes there when we “get it together”.

Meanwhile SafeJunction offers the best protection for honest law-abiding citizens to privatize their information and control the conditions under which it can be viewed, duplicated, or forwarded.

Source: ‘Privacy Shield’ Agreement Between EU And U.S. Looks Inadequate, Could Be Challenged At CJEU

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U.S. presidential candidates don’t understand encryption

Last week, the terrorism-focused GOP debate showcased several candidates’ staggering ignorance of the Internet and information security. Saturday night’s Democratic debate was no better.

Source: U.S. presidential candidates don’t understand encryption

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Can the Internet of Things Transform Public Services?

“This aggregation of outputs from sensors, beacons, machines and other IoT devices offers far more value, however, than just a better product. As more complex and mature systems take advantage of this connectivity to tap into new capabilities, it’s critical for governments to think about how these technologies can combine to create value in new and different ways.”

The SafeJunction question is “will users of IoT make any attempt to privatize the data collected by the devices?”  It would seem important to have the means of protecting the identity of the device itself, its location, and any significant data sent to a third-party – or even back to you – for retrieval or analysis.

Just food for thought.

Source: Can the Internet of Things Transform Public Services?

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Data privacy clause in net neutrality rules could set off next big battle

The last word on Internet and online privacy has yet to be spoken.  Fortunately the recent FCC Broadband reclassification will slow the takeover of the Internet by a handful of providers interested only in lining their own pockets.  The inherent openness and transparency of Internet technology itself combined with user malaise and ignorance has left individual privacy exposed to vast automated collection systems that are available to legitimate marketing organizations as well as cyber criminals.  At present, user gets whatever he gets without much say or control over the consequences until something bad happens.

“Under the statute as it currently stands, a new, FCC-run data privacy regime is arguably necessary, as common carriers by law fall outside the FTC’s jurisdiction. Without some sort of assertion of data privacy authority in connection with the FCC’s broadband reclassification, American consumers would be left without any agency to protect their right to privacy online, at least with respect to the broadband providers responsible for transmitting data to and from end users. Nevertheless, some of the same voices that have criticized Title II more generally have also raised concerns about the FCC using those rules to become the nation’s data privacy regulator.”

via SNL: Capitol Connection: Data privacy clause in net neutrality rules could set off next big battle | SNL.

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