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More thoughts on TrueCrypt, with archives, from GRC

GRC’s | TrueCrypt, the final release, archive Steve Gibson shares recent messages exchanges with some of the developers of TrueCrypt. These further suggest a boring explanation of the shutdown, as opposed to more nefarious explanations. Lance Cottrell is the Founder and Chief Scientist of Anonymizer. Follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. The Privacy Blog

Healthcare IT News: Security: healthcare’s fixer-upper

Healthcare IT News discusses information technology security and what needs to be done to better protect individuals’ medical data: Healthcare’s all about the patients, right? Earning their trust so they return for annual checkups, delivering high-quality care while respecting their medical privacy at the highest level. But far too often, there’s a disconnect – the [...]

YouTube unblocked by Turkey

Turkey lifts its ban on YouTube-agency | Reuters Several days after the Turkish Constitutional Court ruled the blocking of YouTube to be unconstitutional, it looks like the block has been removed. YouTube said that they are getting reports from users that they are once again able to access the site. YouTube was blocked since May [...]

The Privacy Blog Podcast – Ep. 20: Censorship, passwords, NSLs and cash

In episode 20 of our podcast for May I talk about: The need to target your privacy efforts Why your secrets may not be safe with secrecy apps The possibility of more light shining on National Security Letters Conflicted feelings about censorship in the Russian government Google and the right to be forgotten What you need to do [...]

Vodafone shows global scope of surveillance

Vodafone Lays Bare Scale of Phone Tapping – WSJ Vodafone recently released a “Law Enforcement Disclosure Report”. Because Vodafone provides services in so many countries, this provides a unique  insight into the range of surveillance capabilities and requirements across a spectrum of nations. In six countries they are required to provide direct connections to their [...]

Turkish top court rules blocking of YouTube unconstitutional

Turkey’s Top Court Rules YouTube Ban is Unconstitutional – WSJ Long after the blocking of Twitter was ruled unconstitutional, they have similarly ruled that blocking YouTube over the last two months was similarly unconstitutional. The formal ruling and orders to remove the blocking should be forthcoming soon. This decision by the country’s top court bolsters [...]

What you never create can’t leak

The latest leaked messages to blow up in someone’s face are some emails from Evan Spiegel, the CEO of Snapchat. These were incredibly sexist emails sent while he was in college at Stanford organizing fraternity parties. These emails are like racist rants, homophobic tweets, and pictures of your “junk”. They are all trouble waiting to [...]

New York Times: Irish Regulator Finds Himself at Heart of Privacy Debate

The New York Times profiles Billy Hawkes, Ireland’s data protection commissioner, and discusses how he is a big part of the international privacy debate: When Mr. Hawkes took over in 2005 as Ireland’s data protection commissioner, he said, it was a relatively quiet job focused on local issues. But in the years since, Ireland has become [...]

Microsoft successfully challenges national security letter against enterprise customer

Microsoft challenged an FBI National Security Letter, and won | ZDNet Recently unsealed documents show that Microsoft was able to beat back a National Security Letter (NSL) from the FBI. NSL are like subpoenas but go through a different, and secret, process that bypasses the courts. NSL also include a gag order forbidding the recipient [...]

Russia: To block Twitter, or not to block Twitter

Russia seems to have a conflicted relationship with Twitter and Internet censorship in general. While trying to portray themselves as open and democratic, they clearly have a real problem with the radical openness of social media like Twitter. Maxim Ksenzov, deputy head of Roscomnadzor (Russia’s censorship agency), said Twitter is a “global instrument for promoting political [...]