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There are many considerations for which privacy services to choose. Location is one of the most important. What matters in location?

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If this amendment passes, it will significantly reduce the perceived advantages of using servers outside the US. No only would the server still be subject to whatever legal process exists in the hosting country, but they would also be open to legal hacking by the USG. Newly Proposed Amendment Will Allow FBI to Hack TOR […]

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A Brazilian court is enforcing a constitutional ban on anonymity by requiring Apple and Google to remove Secret, an anonymous social network chatting app from their app stores. Microsoft is being required to remove Cryptic, a similar windows phone app. In addition to that, they have been ordered to remove the app from the phones […]

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Irish Data Protection Commissioner Billy Hawkes has stepped in to have a database of civil registration records removed from the website IrishGenealogy.ie. The problem is that the database contains information on living persons which is often used for identity verification. That would include things like mother’s maiden name and birth date. While these are public […]

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Vodafone Lays Bare Scale of Phone Tapping – WSJ Vodafone recently released a “Law Enforcement Disclosure Report”. Because Vodafone provides services in so many countries, this provides a unique  insight into the range of surveillance capabilities and requirements across a spectrum of nations. In six countries they are required to provide direct connections to their […]

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US Tech Sanctions In Sudan Are Empowering The Regime, Tamping Down Opposition | Techdirt This article makes an interesting argument that sanctions against repressive regimes, particularly sanctions that block providing communications and security technologies to end users, harm dissidents more than they do the repressive regimes they are designed to target. In particular, companies are […]

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Turkey passed legislation to allow the government to censor access to websites within four hours of receiving an allegation of privacy violations. WSJ Article behind paywall.  CNET Article The law also requires web hosts to store all traffic information for two years. While the putative purpose of the legislation is privacy protection, it is widely […]

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The South China Morning Post reports that the ban on Facebook, Twitter, the New York Times, and many other sites, will be lifted, but only in the Shanghai free-trade zone. The information came from anonymous government sources within China. The purpose is to make the zone more attractive to foreign companies and workers who expect […]

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Welcome to Episode 11 of The Privacy Blog Podcast, brought to you by Anonymizer. In this episode, I’ll discuss the shutdown of secure email services by Lavabit and Silent Circle. In addition, we’ll dive into the problem with hoarding Bitcoins and how you can protect yourself while using the increasingly popular online currency. Lastly, I’ll […]

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Wired reports on a move by the Japanese government to ask websites to block users who “abuse” TOR.  I assume that TOR is being used as an example, and it would apply to any secure privacy tool. The interesting question is whether this is simply a foot in the door on the way to banning […]

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