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Privacy News and Views for September 15

Posted by on September 15, 2017 in News and Updates | 0 comments

Featured: Equifax (…a data breach so large it couldn’t be contained to just one week.)

On the Equifax Data Breach | Schneier on Security

 Finally, Some Answers From Equifax to Your Data Breach Questions | New York Times

 The Equifax hacks are a case study in why we need better data breach laws | Vox

Equifax’s Instructions Are Confusing. Here’s What to Do Now. | New York Times

How to protect yourself from that massive Equifax breach | Wired

Equifax Faces Multibillion-Dollar Lawsuit Over Hack | Bloomberg Law

Government Surveillance

ACLU and EFF sue Trump administration over cell phone searches at the border | Motherboard

Agents are increasingly searching smartphones at the border. This lawsuit wants to limit that. | The Washington Post

Lawmakers Want Limits on Wiretaps Despite Trump Administration Objections | New York Times

Our View: Program should balance privacy with security | Portland Press Herald (Maine)

DreamHost considers fighting order to cough up info on visitors of anti-Tump website | Los Angeles Times

Corporate Surveillance

Why do big hacks happen? Blame Big Data | The Guardian

How to stop the next unstoppable mega-breach – or at least slow it down | Wired

Verizon gives away cool freebies, as long as you give away your privacy | Los Angeles Times

Fitness Tracking Startups Are Sweating Due to EU Privacy Regulators | Bloomberg News

Libraries and Privacy

Prepare Now for Topical Storm Chrome 62 | Go to Hellman


Travel Guide to the Digital World #4: Encryption Policy for Human Rights Defenders | Global Partners Digital

Apple’s iOS 11 will make it even harder for cops to extract your data | Wired

Biometric Privacy

What you should know about privacy and Apple’s FaceID on iOS 11 | Ars Technica

iPhone X’s Face ID raises security and privacy questions | TechCrunch

Right to be Forgotten

What is the Right to Be Forgotten and where did it come from? |  TechWorld

Law and Regulation

California Broadband Privacy Bill Nears Vote | MediaPost

ISPs claim a privacy law would weaken online security and increase pop-ups | Ars Technica (California)

This Week in Data Breaches

One Million Site Users Potentially Affected by Data Breach | Tripwire

Privacy News and Views for September 8

Posted by on September 8, 2017 in News and Updates | 0 comments

Featured: This Week in Data Breaches: Equifax

Data of 143 million Americans — nearly half the country — exposed in Equifax hack | Baltimore Sun
Credit reporting firm Equifax says data breach could potentially affect 143 million US consumers | CNBC News

Privacy News and Views for August 25

Posted by on August 24, 2017 in News and Updates | 0 comments


A Judge Said The Government Can Search Data About A Trump Protest Website, But Under His Supervision  | Buzzfeed

  • ALA, FTRF join over 60 public interest and civil liberties groups in sending a letter to Attorney General Sessions expressing concern over the Justice Department’s demand for information associated with a protest-organizing website. Read the coalition press release.

India Supreme Court rules privacy a ‘fundamental right’ in landmark case  | CNN

Government Surveillance

Justice Department Drops Request for IP Addresses of 1.3M Visitors to Anti-Trump Website | Gizmodo

Corporate Surveillance

Silicon Valley siphons our data like oil. But the deepest drilling has just begun | The Guardian

Data-hucksters beware – online privacy is making a comeback  | The Guardian

Sonos Holds Software Updates Hostage If You Don’t Sign New Privacy Agreement | The Consumerist

Lip-reading CCTV could soon capture shoppers’ comments for big companies  | The Herald

Plex changes its new privacy policy after backlash, clarified it’s not trying to see what’s in your library  | TechCrunch

Privacy Self-Defense

Turning To VPNs For Online Privacy? You Might Be Putting Your Data At Risk  | NPR

Broadband Privacy

While Congress kills internet privacy, states take a stand for users  | The Hill

Biometric Privacy

Biometric Boarding Takes Off Despite Privacy Concerns  | Apex

Transgender YouTubers had their videos grabbed to train facial recognitiron software   | The Verge

To Protect Your Privacy, Encrypt Your DNA | Wired

Law and Regulation

Uber Settles With FTC Over Allegations of False Privacy and Security Claims | Lexology