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We recently blogged about the wide range and large amount of information Facebook collects from users and how it sells that information for profit. In that post, we referenced the fact that lots of companies are in the same business, just not to the extent Facebook is right now.

An old saying goes, “When it rains, it pours” which is another way of saying bad things seem to happen in bunches. The people at Facebook probably feel that way right about now.

Wouldn’t the world be better if bad actors left regular people alone so we could make phone calls, send texts, email friends and families, all without worrying that our most personal information is being captured and sold or used in unethical ways? Yes it would but unfortunately, that is not the case. There is simply too great a reward for being a bad actor.

Joseph Heller, author of “Catch 22,” a fictional novel about American air combat in the Mediterranean during World War II, penned this line in his book. Cynics the world over, as well as those with a dry wit, have used it ever since. And why not? It often seems to be the case.

Two Chinese companies, Huawei and ZTE, are running into opposition from the US Government over concerns that their smartphones and supporting services are providing the Chinese government with a surveillance capability that poses a national security risk. Other countries are also concerned with both Australia and India investigating the phones.

One of the key design elements in the CRIP.TO Black offering is the use of a field programmable gate array (FPGA) chip. The design to use this technology was a direct result of the CRIP.TO commitment to keeping ours safe from backdoors. When dealing with chips developed by the major suppliers, there is no guarantee that a backdoor has not been introduced either by design or from a manufacturing and firmware issue (see our Blog Post on the Intel and AMD chip issues).

With the current uproar over Facebook’s (FB) data handling practices it might be a good time to take a look at just what they actually have in their system about you. Never really think about that? Neither did I for a variety of reasons. First of all, I am not a huge FB user. The less people know about my personal life the better. What I put out there is minimal…I think. The same goes for Twitter. LinkedIn is a different story as I use that in business.

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