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The Privacy Blog Podcast – Ep. 19: Heartbleed, IE, and Internet Sovereignty.

In episode 19 of The Privacy Blog Podcast, recorded for April 2014, I  talk about: The Heartbleed bug, and why it is such a big deal. A major vulnerability in Internet Explorer, and why we are focusing on the wrong thing. The reasons behind recent pushes for national Internet sovereignty. and finally about the increasingly international [...]

Boston Globe: Boston Medical Center fires vendor after data breach

The Boston Globe reports on a security breach that affected individuals’ medical privacy: Boston Medical Center said it fired a transcription service after a health care provider reported the records of about 15,000 patients at the hospital were posted without password protection on the vendor’s website used by physicians. The records contained patients’ names, addresses, [...]

Next Avenue: A Privacy Expert’s 3 Tips to Protect Yourself Online

Next Avenue has an interview with Julia Angwin, who has written about privacy for the Wall Street Journal and has a new book on privacy and technology, “Dragnet Nation.” Angwin discusses tips on how people can better protect their privacy online: In researching her book, Pulitzer Prize-finalist Angwin (who reported on privacy and tech issues [...]

Stop using Internet Exploer, even with VPNs

Governments urge Internet Explorer users to switch browsers until fix found | ZDNet This and many other articles are relaying the information that governments are encouraging users to move to Chrome, Firefox, or Safari until this Microsoft Internet explorer bug is fixed. The vulnerability seems to have been in every version of IE since 6 [...]

Independent (UK): Vast network of roadside cameras pose ‘very real risk’ says surveillance regulator

The Independent reports on privacy questions with camera surveillance on the roads in the United Kingdom: Members of the public face “a very real risk” to their privacy from the huge roadside surveillance network that captures millions of motorists every day, the Government’s Surveillance Commissioner has warned. In an interview with The Independent, Tony Porter [...]

Events of Interest: Privacy Principles in the Era of Massive Data (April 22)

The McCourt School of Public Policy and Georgetown University Law Center are hosting a panel discussion, “Privacy Principles in the Era of Massive Data.” There will be a keynote address by Federal Trade Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen. The panelists are: Edward Montgomery, Dean, McCourt School of Public Policy; Julie Cohen, Georgetown Law; Robert Groves, Provost, Georgetown [...]

New York Times: How Urban Anonymity Disappears When All Data is Tracked

The New York Times reports on the question of privacy through anonymity in public and how that can change as there is more constant surveillance of public spaces and retention of that surveillance data: Information about our innocuous public acts is denser in urban areas, and can now be cheaply aggregated. Cameras and sensors, increasingly [...]

Article 29 Working Party Issues Opinion on Anonymization Techniques

The EU’s Article 29 Working Party on the Protection of Individuals with regard to the Processing of Personal Data has released “Opinion 05/2014 on Anonymisation Techniques” (Working Party pdf; archive pdf). We’ve discussed the pitfalls of various anonymization or “de-identification” techniques and how the information can be “deanonymized” or re-identified, leading to privacy problems for individuals. Here’s an [...]

The Privacy Blog Podcast – Ep. 16: Leaking mobile apps, surveillance, TorMail, UK censorship, and SHA-1

In episode 16 of the Privacy Blog Podcast for January, Twenty Fourteen I talk about: Biological Advanced Persistent Threats The Apps on your mobile devices that may be enabling surveillance Why you may soon know more about how much information your service providers are revealing to the government The total compromise of the TorMail anonymous email [...]

Daniel Solove and Woodrow Hartzog: The FTC and the New Common Law of Privacy

In the latest issue of the Columbia Law Review, law professors Daniel J. Solove and Woodrow Hartzog discuss the Federal Trade Commission’s impact on privacy in the United States in an article, “The FTC and the New Common Law of Privacy.” Here’s an excerpt: One of the great ironies about information privacy law is that [...]