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Privacy News and Views for November 17

Posted by on November 17, 2017 in News and Updates, Uncategorized | 0 comments


Criminals make student data public in escalating demands for ransom | NBC News

Government Surveillance

Sessions: Surveillance Reform Could Be ‘Exceedingly Damaging’ to National Security |

The NSA should delete its trove of data on Americans | The Atlantic

Corporate Surveillance

TV stations are about to track you and sell targeted ads, just like Google and Facebook | Washington Post

New FCC Regulation Raises Concerns Over Spying TVs and Obsolescence| Gizmodo

It’s time to tax companies for using our personal data | New York Times

Missouri AG launches antitrust and privacy probe of Google | MediaPost

As Amazon looks to unlock your door, taking stock of meaning of privacy | NPR


Giant Wall of Lava Lamps Helps to Protect 10% of Internet Traffic (Seriously) | Nerdist

Broadband Privacy

Wireless Industry Lobbies To Ban States From Protecting Your Privacy, Net Neutrality | Techdirt

Biometric Privacy

Hackers say they’ve broken face ID a week after the iPhone X release | Wired

Digital pill that tracks use when swallowed gets FDA approval | Bloomberg

Law and Regulation

Wireless carriers on mute as U.S. top court hears big privacy case | Reuters

GDPR: Crackdowns and conflict on personal privacy| Financial Times

Facebook safe from massive privacy lawsuit for now | CNet

Florida court: Dead or not, privacy right remains alive | U.S. News and World Report

Right to Be Forgotten

Freedom of expression: Paper looks at ‘right to be forgotten’ in Latin American context | Intellectual Property Watch

This Week in Data Breaches

Forever 21 customers may have been targeted in credit card data breach | KRON-TV

Privacy News and Views for November 10

Posted by on November 10, 2017 in News and Updates | 0 comments


Minimize your library’s future data breach | OIF Blog; “It goes without saying that every library should do everything they can to safeguard each user’s privacy. But in the event that a breach or data theft occurs, it will be better if the information that is there isn’t more comprehensive than is absolutely necessary.”

We must not let big tech threaten our security, freedoms and democracy  (Editorial by Sen. Al Franken) | The Guardian

Government Surveillance

ALA joins 45 privacy, civil rights, and human rights organizations to urge opposition to the Senate Intelligence Committee’s bill to reauthorize Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

ALA also signed on to a letter urging Congress to close the close the “backdoor search loophole” in the USA Liberty Act.

Congress Can’t Compromise on Privacy | US News and World Report

Reps. Seek to Slam Surveillance Back Door | Broadcasting & Cable

Treasury’s Turf War over Domestic Surveillance | Just Security

Department of Homeland Security Annual Privacy Report |

Corporate Surveillance

Founder of web browser Opera says worried about online privacy | The New York Times

Big Brother isn’t just watching: workplace surveillance can track your every move | The Guardian

Students’ and Minors’ Privacy

YouTube’s new profiles for children have privacy experts very concerned | MarketWatch


Texas gunman’s iPhone could reignite FBI-Apple feud over encryption | The Washington Post


BIPA Fingerprint Suits Continue | National Law Review

Privacy Self-Defense

The iOS 11 privacy and security settings you should check right now | Wired

Law and Regulation

Worried about hackers, states turn to cyber insurance | Pew Stateline

ICANN Meeting Fails To Resolve Privacy Law Clash | The Recorder

Privacy News and Views for November 3

Posted by on November 3, 2017 in News and Updates | 0 comments


Your Data Is Being Manipulated | danah boyd  (full text)

Government Surveillance

ALA joins 26 orgs to urge Congress to oppose the USA LIBERTY Act unless  the “backdoor search” loophole is closed | Demand Progress

A Chance to Control Domestic Spying | The New Republic

Treasury’s Turf War Over Domestic Spying | Just Security

Corporate Surveillance

App developer access to iPhone X face data spooks some privacy experts | Reuters

Russia’s social media meddling could spell the end of online anonymity | The Verge

Google Docs Glitch That Locked Out Users Underscores Privacy Concerns | New York Times


Do Not Track Implementation Guide Launched | Electronic Frontier Foundation

Florida Sets Sights on Becoming Cybersecurity Front-Runner | Government Technology

Students’ and Minors’ Privacy

BOE to vote on installing computer content filtering programs | Derby Informer (KS)

“The content filtering program – free for Chromebooks from a company called Securly – would alert district staff if students made comments on social media about hurting themselves or bullied others who did. For example, if a student posted that he or she planned to “end it all,” Securly would send an alert, and also would do so if another student replied “You should kill yourself.”

Broadband Privacy

Verizon Wants FCC to Ban States From Protecting Your Privacy | DSL Reports


Sessions blasts tech firms for blocking access to encrypted evidence | The Hill

Fine, OK, no backdoors, says Deputy AG. Just keep PLAINTEXT copies of everyone’s messages | The Register

Privacy Self-Defense

What iPhone X Face ID Means for You | Teen Vogue

Encrypt Your Flash Drive to Ensure Your Peace of Mind | Lifehacker

Health Care Privacy

HHS Office for Civil Rights issues guidance on how HIPAA allows information sharing to address the opioid crisis |

FDA urges patient data access with medical device information | Health Security

Law and Regulation

New cert petition: SCOTUS must decide when data breach victims can sue | Reuters

Will The Supremes Finally Push Congress To Update The Outdated Stored Communications Act? | Above the Law

This Week in Data Breaches

Denver Art Museum warns donors, members, employees after sensitive data breach | Denver Post

Seattle woman says her identity has been stolen 15 times since Equifax data breach | Huffington Post

676 data breaches reported in N.J. last year, State Police say |

Hilton reaches $700,000 settlement over data breaches in 2015 | CNBC News