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Last 4 digits of SSN as encryption password for tax returns or financial documents? Completely unsafe.

Does your accountant, financial advisor, or bank encrypt your tax return or other financial document with the “last four digits of your SSN”? Many professionals do so with great intentions of protecting their client’s information. So far in the first few months 2016 we’ve seen every accountant and several bank send we’ve dealt with send information encrypted with the last four of the social security number – or request that you send it to them with it encrypted with the last four of your SSN. However, it is not providing any security if Continue reading Last 4 digits of SSN as encryption password for tax returns or financial documents? Completely unsafe.

Your great grandchildren won’t thank you when the state is all-powerful because we didn’t fight

For years, I’ve watched governments take control of our lives. Their argument is always the same: ‘Fewer costs, greater efficiency.’ But the result is the same, too. Less control by the people, more control by the State — until the individual’s anguishes count for nothing. That is what I consider my duty to resist.  The point of a so-called great family is to protect our freedoms.
Your great grandchildren won’t thank you when the state is all-powerful because we didn’t fight.”

THE DOWAGER COUNTESS, Downton Abbey

COOK: No one should have to decide between privacy or security. We should be smart enough to do both

APPLE’s Tim Cook: “Do we want our nation to be secure? Of course. No one should have to decide between privacy or security. We should be smart enough to do both. Both of these things are essentially part of the Constitution.”

Potential Walgreens Privacy and HIPAA issues?

It appears that Walgreens has some potentially serious Privacy and HIPAA issues on their web site.

We have a report about a parent who was creating a Walgreens account for their child so they could print out the receipts. It appears that you can create an account for anyone as long as you know their birthday and name.

The steps are as follows. Continue reading Potential Walgreens Privacy and HIPAA issues?

Intuit Continues with terrible privacy practices

Intuit Continues with terrible privacy .  Three years later, Intuit again has associated other people’s email addresses with my account and my email address

Where is the verification of emails?  We wrote about this three years ago here:

http://rights.com/2012/03/20/intuit-turbotax-ignores-their-privacy-policy-too/

And Intuit is still unable to correctly verify email addresses.

Brian Krebs has written about it recently here.  Intuit has failed for years.

 

 

None of us should accept that the government or a company or anybody should have access to all of our private information. This is a basic human right.

“I want to be absolutely clear that we have never worked with any government agency from any country to create a backdoor in any of our products or services. We have also never allowed access to our servers. And we never will.” “None of us should accept that the government or a company or anybody should have access to all of our private information. This is a basic human right. We all have a right to privacy. We shouldn’t give it up. We shouldn’t give in to scare-mongering.”

Tim Cook, Apple CEO, September 2014 and 2015