Practical Privacy Practices

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Voices For Privacy Blog

Privacy News and Views for January 19

Posted by on January 19, 2018 in News and Updates | 0 comments

Government Surveillance

Senate passes controversial spying law that scoops up Americans’ phone calls and emails without a warrant | Business Insider

EFF to Supreme Court: Protect the privacy of cross-border data | Electronic Freedom Foundation


Report: Only 40% of data stored in cloud secured with encryption, key management | TechRepublic

The Doublespeak of Responsible Encryption | Wired


A Google app that matches your face to artwork is wildly popular. It’s also raising privacy concerns. | Washington Post

Minnesota Supreme Court rules on Chaska case. Demanding a fingerprint to unlock phone is not a rights violation | Chaska Herald

Students’ and Minors’ Privacy

Smart Toys and the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 | Congressional Research Service

Libraries and Privacy

SF library may spend $3.6M to replace barcodes with microchips | San Francisco Examiner

Law and Regulation

FTC Releases Annual Privacy and Data Security Update | Federal Trade Commission

This Week in Data Breaches

NY Education Department announces data breach by outside assessment vendor | (Albany, NY)

Aetna Agrees To Pay $17 Million In HIV Privacy Breach | NPR

Privacy News and Views for January 12

Posted by on January 12, 2018 in News and Updates | 0 comments


Major CPU security flaw: What libraries need to know | Library Journal

Government Surveillance

House Votes to Renew Surveillance Law, Rejecting New Privacy Limits | New York Times

U.S. customs agents are searching more cellphones — including those belonging to Americans | Washington Post

How the government hides secret surveillance programs | Wired

Corporate Surveillance

How to tame household privacy threats from toys, TVs and more | CBS News

Consumer data power the information economy, but is more transparency needed? | American Enterprise Institute

Defining privacy in text messages – a step forward and maybe a step back | IAPP

 Students’ and Minors’ Privacy

Electronic Toy Maker VTech Settles FTC Allegations That it Violated Children’s Privacy Law and the FTC Act | FTC

NYPD subpoenas Google to obtain teen’s online history | New York Post


FBI chief calls unbreakable encryption ‘urgent public safety issue’ | Reuters

Law and Regulation

Top Data Governance Issues from 2017 and What to Watch in 2018 | National Law Review

How to Find Official Guidance on the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) | National Law Review

Supreme Court Hears Side-By-Side Search Cases On Rental Cars And Driveways | NPR

This Week in Data Breaches

Jason’s Deli warns customers of possible data breach | Austin American Statesman

Elizabeth Warren’s bill would fine the next Equifax for data breach | C|Net