Zero Knowledge

I’ve liked the term “zero knowledge” back when it was used in the context of Diffie-Hellman key exchanges and other scenarios (see http://www.cs.princeton.edu/courses/archive/spr10/cos433/lec17new.pdf for examples). Zero knowledge cloud storage means the cloud service provider has no knowledge of the file(s) and folders you put on their storage (other than of course size and filename).  Note: if […]

Hiding from the Internet

So one day you tell yourself:  “I am going to take some serious steps to lock down my privacy, and I’m going to disappear so nobody can find me nor hack me.”  The textbook for that activity is from Michael Bazzell who has a find book complete with instructions and checklists.  https://inteltechniques.com/links.hiding.html.  It’s available at the […]

Roe v Wade is more about privacy than abortion

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/made-by-history/wp/2018/01/22/when-roe-v-wade-meant-more-than-just-abortion-rights/ https://mobile.nytimes.com/2018/01/21/opinion/roe-v-wade-abortion.html … as the nation again considers the legacy of the country’s best-known Supreme Court decision, issued on Jan. 22, 1973, we have mostly forgotten part of the story of Roe v. Wade — one almost entirely disconnected from abortion. In the 1970s and beyond, Americans used Roe to answer much larger questions: What […]

Apple Enforcing Privacy Requirements

Good news !  Apple is now requiring developers to remove software that sends location data to external parties without obtaining explicit consent from the consumer. https://9to5mac.com/2018/05/08/apple-location-apps-third-parties/ From the article: Thus far, we’ve seen several cases of Apple cracking down on these types of applications. The company informs developers via email that “upon re-evaluation,” their application […]

Is an AI calling you == Robocall?

Should realistic computer generated calls be regulated? https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2018/05/08/a-google-program-can-pass-as-a-human-on-the-phone-should-it-be-required-to-tell-people-its-a-machine/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.c92ecc54723c New AI based callers from google and others, are so good they can fool humans. If they are then able to do this (from the article): a scene from the TV show “The Office,” in which a scheming assistant to the regional manager, Dwight Schrute, makes 50 […]