Why I’m not deleting my Facebook account

The news that Cambridge Analytica harvested data on millions of Facebook users and used it for political purposes has caused many people to declare that they are "deleting Facebook." I support this choice and believe there is a lot of personal benefit to those who do that, but even though I care deeply about data privacy, … Continue reading Why I’m not deleting my Facebook account

Why using a fake name won’t keep you anonymous online

There is a lot of chat online about whether CNN (or anyone) should reveal the identity of an offensive meme generator who uses the online name of "HanAssholeSolo." Whether or not this person's identity is revealed remains to be seen, but it reminds me of something I wrote for the now-defunct website PrivacyTest.com. Since the … Continue reading Why using a fake name won’t keep you anonymous online

Why it’s bad Congress voted to remove internet privacy protections

Both the Senate and House passed a resolution to roll back FCC internet privacy protections. I've seen a variety of reactions to this. Because I saw a lot of unequivocal dissent, but I saw other comments as well. A few of my friends basically said, "This sounds bad, but I don't fully understand why." And … Continue reading Why it’s bad Congress voted to remove internet privacy protections

New information but no answers in my identity theft case

Between having my identity stolen and that pesky heart condition I'm having quite a year. I wrote about getting answers regarding the latter. Recently I got more information about the former, but sadly that information doesn't provide any answers. The detective in Bloomington, Indiana who investigated my case said that he talked to several stores … Continue reading New information but no answers in my identity theft case

What I learned about being a victim of identity theft

I am a victim of identity theft. Someone used my social security number, address, and other personal information to go on a $6,000 spending spree in my name. I'm told they probably had a fake id too since they applied for the accounts in person in Bloomington, Indiana. Here is where they successfully opened accounts … Continue reading What I learned about being a victim of identity theft