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In episode 23 of our podcast for August 2014, I talk about: The absurd alarmism over the new Facebook Messenger App’s privacy settings Brazil’s move to ban anonymity How the secrecy of the secret app has been compromised and finally how Tor users were put at risk by a fake website

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The Internet is on fire with outrage right now about the security warnings in the Facebook Messenger app. The furor is based on the viral spread of a post on the Huffington Post back in December of last year. The issue has come to the fore because Facebook is taking the messaging capability out of […]

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Welcome to the June edition of the Privacy Blog Podcast, brought to you by Anonymizer. In June’s episode, I’ll discuss the true nature of the recently leaked surveillance programs that has dominated the news this month. We’ll go through a quick tutorial about decoding government “speak” regarding these programs and how you can protect yourself […]

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In the March episode of The Privacy Blog Podcast, I’ll run down some of the major privacy news events of the last month. Learn how Facebook “Likes” can paint an extremely detailed and eerie picture of your real-life character traits. I’ll provide my take on Google’s Street View Wi-Fi sniffing controversy along with how “Do […]

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Forbs recently noticed that Facebook suddenly and basically without warning made your default visible email address on your timeline. I had no idea that such an email address even existed! I certainly don’t check it explicitly. Emails to that address end up in your standard Facebook messages queue, which for me is mostly a […]


Courthouse News Service reports that a virginia judge has ruled Facebook “Likes” are not protected speech. The case was related to employees of the Hampton VA sheriff’s office who “Liked” the current sheriff’s opponent in the last election. After he was re-elected, he fired many of the people who had supported his opponent. The judge ruled […]

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Randi Zuckerberg, marketing director and co-founder of Facebook said: I think anonymity on the Internet has to go away… People behave a lot better when they have their real names down. … I think people hide behind anonymity and they feel like they can say whatever they want behind closed doors. <irony> This of course […]


Face book announced that it will soon start automatically suggesting your name for tagging photos any time it thinks it recognizes you in a picture. This automatic facial recognition is the default and will be done unless you explicitly opt out. It looks like you need to customize your privacy settings to disable this. In […]

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Cameras and smart phones capture your location, but some sharing sites strip that information out. Also a link to an interview I did on this.

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Amid unrest, a hard new look at online anonymity | The Social – CNET News: This article takes an interesting look at the issues with Facebook’s true name policy and the impact it has on activists and dissidents in repressive countries. It quite rightly talks about the fact that for most of the history of […]

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