“Do Not Call” List and Protecting Your Real Phone Number

The Federal Trade Commission runs the USA “do not call” registry.   Sign up to reduce marketing calls to your phone: https://donotcall.gov/ To find information (FAQ = frequently asked questions), this site has a nice clear description: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0108-national-do-not-call-registry. It might be easy to be cynical about the usefulness of such a registry for honest telemarketers, since […]

Privacy Phones

Ever wanted a secure phone, like Ilya Kuriakin (played by David McCallum in “The Man From U.N.C.L.E) receiving a call from Napoleon Solo (Robert Vaugh) “Open Channel D”?  Maybe not the shoe phone from Maxwell Smart.  Yes, I’m showing my age.  Never mind the Dick Tracy references. Some interesting options trying to get a start […]

Gmail will stop scanning your emails

http://money.cnn.com/2017/06/23/technology/business/google-ad-scanning-email-stop/index.html Is this good news?  Or is it just an indication that google and everyone else already has enough information about everything you do (in Google+, Hangouts, YouTube, Drive, Sites, Translate, Voice, ..) that they no longer need to sift through your email? The following is extracted from the article: ===================================== A major change is […]

Who has your DNA data and how is it used against you?

https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20170522/17343837426/cheap-dna-testing-is-giving-some-insurers-even-more-ways-to-deny-coverage.shtml Hmmm.   In light of earlier post re: HR1313, think again before your curiosity about your ancestry overwhelms your insurability.  If employer-sponsored “wellness programs” are exempt from GINA (genetic information nondiscrimmination act), your DNA can be used against you in your healthcare coverage.  Or is that logic too simple? The following is extracted from the […]