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  1. This came in today and it is a privacy issue not a political one. Write your representatives if you think that like real mail, it should also be against the law for any Internet Provider to open email and read them. I am writing my reps and my internet provider Suddenlink, who I doubt will give a hoot because they also have a monopoly here because no rules insuring competition have been passed to date. If you think your provider should be able to read all your mail and track you everywhere you go on the Internet, then just write them and tell them that your poor embattled internet provider is being assailed on all sides by no competition and has to adhere to no regulations on how far they can pry into our lives for profit. Perhaps they could ask our permission and as a reward give us our Broadband service for free. Excerpt: "Information such as your Web browsing history, your geolocation logs and even the content of your emails offer service providers a rich source of potential advertising revenue. That data, along with your health and financial information, can also be sold to marketers and data brokers interested in building a profile of you as a consumer. The FCC's rules restricted Internet providers' ability to use and share this information, in what privacy advocates hailed as a historic victory. “Nothing in this election changed Americans' fundamental rights, or their need for privacy,” said Matt Wood, policy director for Free Press, an advocacy organization. Simply stated and the rest of it is here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2017/01/04/its-begun-cable-companies-are-pushing-to-repeal-obama-era-internet-privacy-rules/?utm_term=.8ef61897e40f&wpisrc=nl_tech&wpmm=1
  2. As proof that free isn't what it used to be. Excerpt: "The antivirus firm tells us in a crystal-clear way what user data is collected and sold in return for freebie software. Within the new guidelines, AVG says non-personal data is collected. The company insists it cannot outline each and every type of data collected, but the list does include data concerning potential malware threats to your devices, how you use AVG software and information concerning your devices such as installation rates, language and manufacturer. In addition, device security information -- including password attributes and encryption levels -- is collected, as well as "information about where our products and services are used, including approximate location, zip code, area code, time zone, and the URL you came from to reach our products." This seems like a hefty list of data to collect, but there is more. AVG says "we collect non-personal data to make money from our free offerings so we can keep them free," and this includes: •Advertising ID associated with your device; •Browsing and search history, including metadata; •Internet service provider or mobile network you use to connect to our products; and •Information regarding other applications you may have on your device and how they are used." So is AVG now doing what we use it to stop? More in the article here: http://www.zdnet.com/article/avg-releases-transparent-privacy-policy-yes-we-will-sell-your-data/?tag=nl.e539&s_cid=e539&ttag=e539&ftag=TRE17cfd61
  3. Kudos to Mr. Cook. Apple (and MS) are the only ones refusing to give up customer info and data to Patriot act based intrusions on our privacies. Bravo! Excerpt: "Yesterday evening, Apple CEO Tim Cook was honored for ‘corporate leadership’ during EPIC’s Champions of Freedom event in Washington. Cook spoke remotely to the assembled audience on guarding customer privacy, ensuring security and protecting their right to encryption. “Like many of you, we at Apple reject the idea that our customers should have to make tradeoffs between privacy and security,” Cook opened. “We can, and we must provide both in equal measure. We believe that people have a fundamental right to privacy. The American people demands it, the constitution demands it, morality demands it.” This marked the first time that EPIC, a non-profit research center in Washington focused on emerging privacy and civil liberties issues, has given the honor to a person from the business world. The hosts of the event included cryptographer Bruce Schneier, EPIC president Marc Rotenberg, Lobbyist Hilary Rosen and Stanford Lecturer in Law Chip Pitts. Cook was characteristically passionate about all three topics. A theme that has persisted following his appearance on Charlie Rose late last year to define how Apple handled encryption, his public letter on Apple’s new security page in the wake of the celebrity nude hacking incidents and his speech earlier this year at President Obama’s Summit on Cybersecurity at Stanford — an event which was notably not attended by other Silicon Valley CEOs like Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer and Google’s Larry Page and Eric Schmidt. Cook lost no time in directing comments at companies (obviously, though not explicitly) like Facebook and Google, which rely on advertising to users based on the data they collect from them for a portion, if not a majority, of their income. “I’m speaking to you from Silicon Valley, where some of the most prominent and successful companies have built their businesses by lulling their customers into complacency about their personal information,” said Cook. “They’re gobbling up everything they can learn about you and trying to monetize it. We think that’s wrong. And it’s not the kind of company that Apple wants to be.” Cook went on to state, as he has before when talking about products like Apple Pay, that Apple ‘doesn’t want your data.’ “We don’t think you should ever have to trade it for a service you think is free but actually comes at a very high cost. This is especially true now that we’re storing data about our health, our finances and our homes on our devices,” Cook went on, getting even more explicit when talking about user privacy. “We believe the customer should be in control of their own information. You might like these so-called free services, but we don’t think they’re worth having your email, your search history and now even your family photos data mined and sold off for god knows what advertising purpose. And we think some day, customers will see this for what it is.” That, in case you missed it, is an epic subtweet of Google’s Photos product, which was just rolled out at I/O.The fact that Photos is free of charge, and Apple’s products are not likely spurred the talk about ‘very high costs’." He goes on to cover police demands for encryption and the moral wrong it represents here: http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/apple%e2%80%99s-tim-cook-delivers-blistering-speech-on-encryption-privacy/ar-BBkDbxI?ocid=ansTechCrunch11
  4. Hubby and I have thrown the idea around to let go of our 'brick and stick' lifestyle and take our family out for full-time living in an RV. This has been an idea for over 4 years now, but we've just now really got to the point where it seems logical and possible. One of the issues I'm worrying about most is having a rig that can provide enough space for our kids. We have two daughters, currently 5 & 10, the oldest of which is truly in the pre-teen stage and I worry about her having privacy amongst her sister. I see lots of blogs and facebook pages with families who have multiple children and it would be wonderful to have some advice of 'what we should have done' or tips to help set her up with a space that she can feel like she's not stuck with her 'kid sister' all the time.
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