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Right To Privacy

Courthouse News Service: Class Claims College Hid Giant Data Breach

Courthouse News Service reports on a class-action lawsuit in Arizona concerning a security breach that affected the privacy of people connected with Maricopa County Community College District. PHOENIX (CN) – Maricopa County Community College District waited seven months to inform 2.5 million students, graduates, employees and vendors that its databases had been breached and their personal [...]

Security advice for travelers to Sochi Olympic hacking hotzone

Sochi visitors entering hacking ‘minefield’ by firing up electronics | Security & Privacy – CNET News UPDATE: According to Errata security the NBC story about the hacking in Sochi total BS. Evidently: They were in Moscow, not Sochi. The hack was from sites they visited, not based on their location. They intentionally downloaded malware to their [...]

Associated Press: Teens adept at social media get privacy training

The Associated Press reports on a privacy program at St. Michael School in suburban St. Louis. The program is based a privacy curriculum based on one released by the Fordham Law School’s Center for Law and Information Policy. AP reports: CLAYTON, Mo. — In an age of increased online government surveillance and targeted social media ads, the notion of [...]

Turkey passes new laws to enable rapid Internet censorship.

Turkey passed legislation to allow the government to censor access to websites within four hours of receiving an allegation of privacy violations. WSJ Article behind paywall.  CNET Article The law also requires web hosts to store all traffic information for two years. While the putative purpose of the legislation is privacy protection, it is widely [...]

Christian Science Monitor: Privacy concerns? What Google now says it can do with your data (+video)

The Christian Science Monitor considers the issue of privacy and Internet services giant Google: Against a backdrop of growing privacy concerns, with every week bringing revelations of data breaches at government or corporate websites, online search behemoth Google quietly updated its terms of service Monday, spelling out just how much personal data it mines as [...]

TechCrunch: HP Finds Mobile Tax Apps Lacking On Security, Privacy

TechCrunch reports on security and privacy problems with some mobile tax apps: As the clock ticks toward midnight, putting an end to tax day 2014, Hewlett-Packard is warning consumers of mobile tax and finance apps that they may want to audit their own usage. According to the HP Audit, more than 90 percent of the applications the [...]

A novel use for Anonymizer Universal

INFO: Maintaining a connection on the Verizon Novatel MIFI 4510L | Kurt Shintaku’s Blog The linked blog is from last year, but just came to my attention. It discusses a use for Anonymizer Universal that I had not thought about before. The author’s problem was that his MiFi mobile hotspot kept dropping the connection any [...]

Center for Investigative Reporting and KQED: Hollywood-style surveillance technology inches closer to reality

The Center for Investigative Reporting and KQED looked into emerging surveillance technologies that could have a significant impact on the privacy rights of individuals: [Ross McNutt] and his Ohio-based company, Persistent Surveillance Systems, persuaded the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to use his surveillance technology to monitor Compton’s streets from the air and track suspects [...]

DHS Releases First Annual Privacy and Civil Liberties Assessment Report

The Department of Homeland Security’s Privacy Office has released its first annual “Privacy and Civil Liberties Assessment Report” (DHS pdf; archive pdf). The office said, “Executive Order 13636, Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, requires that senior agency officials for privacy and civil liberties assess the privacy and civil liberties impacts of the activities their respective departments and agencies [...]

Do sanctions prevent dissidents from accessing secure communications tools?

US Tech Sanctions In Sudan Are Empowering The Regime, Tamping Down Opposition | Techdirt This article makes an interesting argument that sanctions against repressive regimes, particularly sanctions that block providing communications and security technologies to end users, harm dissidents more than they do the repressive regimes they are designed to target. In particular, companies are [...]