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February 7, 2017
by sjvn01
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Email Privacy Act passed by House, but don’t get your hopes up

Do you want the IRS, FBI, or SEC looking into your email without a warrant? Probably not. That’s why a bipartisan group of lawmakers reintroduced the Email Privacy Act after it failed to pass last year. This law would keep … Continue reading

March 31, 2014
by sjvn01
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The Spam Battle Report 2014

Let’s start with the good news: According to Kaspersky, in 2013, the proportion of spam in email flows was 70%, which is 2.5 percentage points lower than in 2012. The bad news is that spam that does get through is … Continue reading

August 27, 2013
by sjvn01
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The lunacy of trying to avoid NSA spying by moving e-mail and cloud out of the US

The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation recently claimed that thanks to the National Security Agency (NSA) spying programs, US cloud providers would lose at least 10 percent of its foreign market, $21.5 billion, to European or Asian competitors. Others are … Continue reading

July 1, 2013
by sjvn01
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All about Prism, Internet privacy and — wait! — squirrel!

As the saga surrounding the revelations about the National Security Agency’s Prism program unfolded, I half expected a public figure to arise and declaim, a la Howard Beale in the movie Network, “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not … Continue reading

June 14, 2013
by sjvn01
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Six ways to protect yourself from the NSA and other eavesdroppers

Worried sick about the NSA, or someone else, looking over your shoulder? Well, you can do things that will make it harder for someone to eavesdrop on you. That’s the good news. The bad news is that all these things … Continue reading