There are only two reasons why the makers of Internet-connected devices would change their ways and take customer privacy and security seriously. One would be government regulations, and at least in the United States that seems unlikely in the near future. The other is the realization that security and privacy are features that customers care about, and that if they don’t take them seriously, their sales will suffer. Consumer Reports taking this seriously—and publicizing when companies fail these tests—could be an important step along the way.
Consumer Reports to Begin Evaluating Products, Services for Privacy and Data Security
In regard to software, there are several kinds of applications that I need, and I have been happy to see increasingly good Linux counterparts available. In the next parts of this series, I am going to briefly cover some of the best ones I have found.
Continue reading Hello Again: Mac Thoughts (Part 4)
Since I wrote the first part of this series, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has released a superlative guide on digital privacy at the U.S. Border. They have done things like this before, but since the legal context around these issues is somewhat labile, it is important to make sure you are getting up-to-date information.
Before I move on to my own technical solution for moving across borders, I think it is beneficial to review the EFF's Guide. Their post about this guide can be found here. It is broken up into 3 parts:
- Digital Privacy Guide for Travelers
- Constitutional Rights, Government Policies, and Privacy at the Border
- The Technology of Privacy Protection
Here, I am going to focus on the first 2 parts, and the last part of this series will basically be my take on part 3 of their guide.
Much of the information presented will be useful to any traveler, but I am writing this from the perspective of a deeply concerned U.S. citizen, and will correspondingly focus on aspects that affect this cohort.
Continue reading Injustice at the Border: How to Protect Your Data (Part 2)
If you follow this site, you most likely know that a large part of the content focuses on privacy and security. About 2 years ago, I said what I had to say on these subjects. From then on, I decided to continue linking to those who remained vigilant in these areas.
However, current events compel me to speak up once more.
Continue reading Injustice at the Border: How to Protect Your Data (Part 1)