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“Designing Software Systems that Comply with Privacy Laws” (CRCS Lunch Seminar)

CRCS Privacy and Security Lunch Seminar (Wednesday, May 6, 2009) Speaker: Annie Anton Title: Designing Software Systems that Comply with Privacy Laws Abstrac…
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Internet Privacy And Anonymity Expert Says Recent Reports Illustrate Greater Need To Use Privacy Software

Internet Privacy And Anonymity Expert Says Recent Reports Illustrate Greater Need To Use Privacy Software

VPNReviewz Reviews the Best VPN Services

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On June 5th this year, The Guardian published a top secret court order they had obtained somehow.. The top secret order they had obtained forces Verizon to hand over specific data on the telephone calls of all their customers.There was a non-disclosure paragraph included, records for a 90 day period were to be collected, but the order didn’t include the contents of the communications. The following day, The Washington Post exposed the PRISM program, a program that claims to give the NSA direct access to no less than 9 of the top internet companies servers. Service providers like Google, Yahoo!, and Facebook were implicated, though all the providers denied any knowledge of the program. Globally, the public knee-jerk reaction was outrage at the revelation that any government agency would so blatantly invade a constitutionally guaranteed right to privacy. The NSA has been recording almost everyone, virtually everywhere.

But, according to Michael Maxstead, the CEO of VPNReviewz, “The revelations of the last few days are just the tip of the secret surveillance iceberg. Because the real question surrounding these disclosures isn’t ‘Why was it done?’ The questions that should, (and probably will be,) be asked are ‘How often has it been done, and to whom?´ Maxstead asserts that there are many more surveillance programs, both in the government and private sector, “It’s to the point that corporations and governments are trying to, (or do,) know every little thing about the entire population of the earth, not just the terrorists, hackers, scammers, and other percieved threats.” Then he says that there are ways that a person can communicate “discreetly, and in complete privacy”…at least on the internet.

His website, VPNReviewz rates and analyzes privacy and anonymity software, services, and providers, and according to the CEO, “People may not be able to keep the government from obtaining their phone records, or corporations from taking photos of them in public areas, but there are ways to keep internet activities from being spied on.” He explains that a VPN, (Virtual Private Network,) would encrypt all traffic to and from a computer communicating on the internet. “Even if the data stream is intercepted and copied by a anyone, it would be garbled and unusable, unless the decryption key is provided,” he says.

“Increasingly, governments and private sector corporations are crossing the line with privacy intrusive programs. Secret blanket warrants from secret court proceedings, using rather loose interpretations of regulations and laws, and repeated requests for back-door access to records by government agencies, all have become almost commonplace,” Maxstead says, then continues, “and until now, the people that have been reporting that virtually everyone, everywhere, were being watched, tracked, and recorded, were called crackpots, and their accusations and reports were dismissed as paranoid delusions by most.”

Maxstead points out that though there has been a lot of bloggers and smaller media outlets that repeatedly report on these invasive programs and mis-conduct, but that “The mainstream media outlets, tend to avoid these types of scandals.” As to the reason he believes the mainstream media has avoided such exposure, he said “Anything I say on that subject would be pure speculation,” but then notes that it was only after the public uproar over the documents that exposed the PRISM program and the blanket collection order of Verizon customer data that other mainstream media outlets picked upon it.

“These public revelations served to illustrate the increased necessity of using VPNs and other privacy software,” he said. Maxstead claims that in the past he has been accused of being overly paranoid about government spying. “But these disclosures really drive home the point that there has never been a greater need for people to protect their privacy.” he says, then ends with, “There was a day that a personal privacy was sacred to the government, but now the only ones protecting an individuals rights to privacy, is the individual.”

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