Car Owners and VINs

https://carsowners.net/volkswagen/beetle/2012/ma Who owns 2012 VW Beetles in Massachusetts?   Name, address, phone number, and VIN. “Contact us” for this site shows an address in … Cyprus: Crown Corp. 83 Spyrou Kyprianou Avenue 6053 Larnaca, Cyprus How is this information available?  Probably through maintenance records (goodness, would your car dealer sell that information to 3rd party aggregators?  […]

Who can(n’t) you trust any more?

https://thehackernews.com/2018/08/facebook-vpn-app-apple-store.html Just because something claims to offer “VPN” (virtual private network) services, doesn’t mean it’s actually good for your privacy nor security.  How disappointing, but yet is this really unexpected? Facebook yesterday removed its mobile VPN app called Onavo Protect from the iOS App Store after Apple declared the app violated the iPhone maker’s App […]

A Logical Approach to YOUR Security: Five Questions

Security and privacy are such big (heavy) topics that many might feel overwhelmed thinking about everything people are telling you “you have to do this (or that)”.   I’d like to encourage you to take useful approach of asking yourself five questions: What private information do YOU want to protect?  What do you CARE about, that […]

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 […]

Alexa listening to and laughing at you [alert]

http://money.cnn.com/2018/05/24/technology/alexa-secret-recording/index.html Alexa has many talents. Amazon’s voice assistant can play music, set timers, order a pizza, and send recordings of private conversations to random people in its users’ contact list. It’s funny when these things happen to other people.   It’s not so funny when it happens to you.   It’s funny when Alexa is doing this, […]

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 […]