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Category Archives: Privacy

Encryption and the Emperor’s New Clothes

– Everyone appears to be gobsmacked when it comes to encryption … techies, IT folks, infosec professionals, legislators, regulators and the public at large. After all, encryption algorithms have been developed by the brightest of mathematicians and computer scientists. But, apart from a few…

Yik Yak Kiks Back—Privacy vs. Anonymity Revisited

– In 1958, The Coasters sang the song “Yakety Yak,” … listen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xAi80ShG0I  The lyrics are about a domineering parent ordering a kid around, threatening him or her, and saying “Don’t talk back,” when the kid retorts “Yakety Yak.” In the 1950s…

David Chaum Fights the Crypto War

– David Chaum is a crypto pioneer. According to Andy Greenberg’s January 6, 2016 Wired posting “The Father of Online Anonymity Has a Plan to End the Crypto War,” available at http://www.wired.com/2016/01/david-chaum-father-of-online-anonymity-plan-to-end-the-crypto-wars/?mbid=nl_1616 , Chaum…

Security vs. Safety vs. Privacy vs. Anonymity

– The recent horrific terrorist attacks in Paris have brought to the fore the ongoing discussion about privacy versus national security and personal safety. An article on the front page of the November 18, 2015 Wall Street Journal by Siobhan Hughes, “Attacks To Fuel Spying Debate,” discusses the…

Big, Small and Personal Data

– There have been many articles of late bemoaning the fact that personal data are being collected in ever-vaster amounts and being analyzed to build broader profiles of each and every one of us that lead to targeted marketing and fraudulent activities. There have been many questions raised about how…