Items Tagged with "Privacy"


These Drones are Made for Watchin'

August 19, 2012 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation

The public has been pushing back on broad use of drones by law enforcement. At the request of reporters, advocacy organizations and city councils, public agencies have been required to justify their drone purchases and develop clear policies on when and under what conditions they will use drones for surveillance...

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The Day I Was Erased Digitally

August 17, 2012 Added by:Theresa Payton

It’s everyone’s worst night nightmare - everything digital in your life gets wiped out. Your phone, your computer, your tablet, every email address, social network profile. It really does happen, and most of you probably didn’t know that even techies and security experts worry about this happening to them...

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Not Providing Education is the Dumbest Idea for Infosec

August 14, 2012 Added by:Rebecca Herold

Every year or so, an otherwise smart information security professional publishes some really bad information security advice about how awareness and training is a waste of time and money. Bottom line for all organizations: Humans have always been and will always be the weakest link in security...

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Ask the Experts: Facebook Security for Teenagers

August 14, 2012 Added by:Brent Huston

"Watch the scams and traps that are strewn like land mines throughout the site. Watch the free give-aways, be wary of clicking on pictures and videos and look carefully at any messages that contain links or suggest web sites to visit. Also, be VERY careful about ‘friends’ of friends..."

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The Risks from a Lost or Stolen Mobile Device

August 13, 2012 Added by:Robert Siciliano

Mobile devices are on the move, meaning they can more easily be lost or stolen and their screens and keyboards are easier targets for “over the shoulder” browsing. When we lose our phones, we think about the pain and cost of replacing the device. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg...

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Healthcare Information Exchanges: The Death of Patient Privacy

August 09, 2012 Added by:Danny Lieberman

Health information exchanges (HIE) enable the sharing of health records by physicians and other providers, enabling my family physician to see the results without getting up from her desk or without me shlepping paper or CD. Unfortunately, HIE are being modeled after the retail industry supply-chain model...

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GAO: Federal Law and the Changing Technology Landscape

August 08, 2012

The federal government collects and uses personal information on individuals in increasingly sophisticated ways. While this enables federal agencies to carry out critical functions, the existing laws for protecting individuals’ personal information may no longer be sufficient given current practices...

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FBI’s Facial Recognition is Coming to a State Near You

August 07, 2012 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation

The FBI wants to be able to search and identify people in photos of crowds and in pictures posted on social media sites—even if the people in those photos haven’t been arrested for or even suspected of a crime. The FBI may also want to incorporate those crowd or social media photos into its face recognition database...

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Do You Use Foursquare?

August 05, 2012 Added by:Allan Pratt, MBA

If we don’t continue to raise issues about online privacy and security, websites and their companies’ leadership will continue to demand access to our confidential information under the pretense of doing business, or in scarier terms, doing business as usual. One website that causes concern is Foursquare...

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Chimps With Guns and the Bloggers Who Give Them Ammo

August 02, 2012 Added by:Infosec Island Admin

One must know the technology and the problems with it before using it cognizantly. This unfortunately is not the case in what is being advocated by Quinn Norton on Wired with regard to Cryptocat. Specifically where she makes declamations about overthrowing governments with things like untested crypto schemes...

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Why the NSA Can’t Be Trusted to Run Cybersecurity Programs

August 01, 2012 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation

Senators John McCain and Kay Bailey Hutchison have proposed amendments that would hand the reins of our nation’s cybersecurity systems to the NSA. The agency's dark history, flouting of domestic law, and resistance to transparency makes it clear that the nation's cybersecurity should not be in its hands...

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EU Weighs in on Face Recognition Applications

July 29, 2012 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation

Face recognition in online applications is particularly problematic as personal data is sometimes used out of context by employers and law enforcement. Therefore, European privacy officials’ opinion recommending various practices for these applications could not have come at a better time...

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Losing Trust: Canadian Data Breach Spotlights Human Error

July 27, 2012 Added by:Kelly Colgan

It’s not just about protecting ourselves from identity theft or fraud like when our account number or government-issued ID numbers are exposed. It’s what I like to call privacy for the sake of privacy. Just knowing that someone could be looking at our personal histories doesn’t sit well with the public...

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New Cybersecurity Bill Patches Serious Vulnerabilities

July 24, 2012 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation

We remain unpersuaded that any of the proposed cybersecurity measures are necessary and we still have concerns about certain sections of the bill, especially the sections on monitoring and countermeasures. But this was a big step in the direction of protecting online rights...

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Take Social Media Privacy into Your Own Hands

July 23, 2012 Added by:Bill Mathews

I've gotten in a lot of arguments lately about the end-user side of technology - privacy. Many in the security industry already know most of the things people are discovering, and have screamed warnings from the mountaintops to the folks below. Alas, this is the woe of being a security engineer...

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Between You and Me, This is Not Private...

July 22, 2012 Added by:Fergal Glynn

If most websites can’t get password storage right, you can bet they can’t get storage of the content you are trusting them with right either. The private documents that you stored with your favorite cloud service are probably not encrypted in a way that only your account can decrypt, if they’re encrypted at all...

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