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Privacy News and Views, May 27 – June 2

Posted by on June 2, 2017 in News and Updates | 0 comments


Dewey Decibel Podcast: Protecting our privacy | American Libraries

Government Surveillance

In Trump’s America, Black Lives Matter activists grow wary of their smartphones  |  Washington Post

Calling on the U.S. Congress to learn about surveillance. From Batman. | Access Now

New Social Media Screening for U.S. Visitors Goes Into Effect | Fortune

Secret court rebukes NSA for 5-year illegal surveillance of U.S. citizens | Miami Herald

The Fourth Circuit Remands Wikimedia’s Suit Against the NSA Back to District Court | Lawfare Blog

The UK government is going to pressure internet companies to let it read people’s private messages | The Independent

Corporate Surveillance

Google Now Tracks Your Credit Card Purchases and Connects Them to Your Online Profile | MIT Technology Review

Republicans want to let robocallers spam your voicemail | Washington Post

Libraries and Privacy

Readium’s New Licensed Content Protection May Result in Better Reader Privacy | Go To Hellman Blog

Student Privacy / Filtering

Here’s the catch: District relies on filters to monitor content students accessing on web | The Republic

Privacy Self-Defense

Don’t Expose Yourself: A Guide to Online Privacy | Wall Street Journal

7 in 10 Smartphone Apps Share Your Data with Third-Party Services  | Scientific American
The Lumen Privacy Monitor, a free Android app, analyzes the traffic apps send out and allows the user to see which applications and online services actively harvest personal data.

Seven reasons parents should care about kids and online privacy  |

Broadband Privacy

ISP-Loyal Marsha Blackburn Pushing New Broadband Privacy Law, But It’s A Hollow PR Show Pony With No Chance Of Passing | TechDirt

Encryption / Scholarship

Analyzing Accessibility of Wikipedia Projects Around the World  |  Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society
Study finds there was less censorship of Wikipedia after shift to HTTPS-only content

International/Right to Privacy

Court: Dead daughter’s parents have no right to access her Facebook account | Ars Technica

This Week in Data Breaches

OneLogin suffers breach—customer data said to be exposed, decrypted | Ars Technica

University of Alaska: thousands affected by data breach, including names, social security numbers | KTUU

DATA BREACH: Kmart says customer credit card information hacked  | Dayton Daily News

What to do if you ate at Chipotle during the massive data breach |


Privacy News and Views May 20-26

Posted by on May 26, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Featured: Protecting Patron Privacy: A LITA Guide



Great new publication offers practical privacy guidance for libraries of all kinds and features chapters on privacy in libraries, privacy law and regulation, data collection, retention, use, and protection, privacy instruction for patrons and staff, and protecting privacy while using social networks, RFID, and other technologies.





Broadband Privacy

Republican-Backed Privacy Bill to Protect Restrictions on Sharing Browser History  | Advertising Age
Telco-Backed Politician Wants to Restore Privacy Rules She Helped Kill   | Wired
New GOP bill may revive internet privacy fight  | The Hill
Google and Facebook lobbyists try to stop new online privacy protections  | Ars Technica
So-Called Privacy Bill Would Actually Innoculate ISPs Against Strong Privacy Protections | ACLU Blog
Rep. Blackburn Defends Broadband Privacy Bill   | Broadcasting and Cable

Government Surveillance

Federal Court Revives Wikimedia’s Challenge to N.S.A. Surveillance  | New York Times
Victory! Court Allows Wikimedia’s Challenge to NSA Surveillance to Go Forward | ACLU Blog
Inside Google’s Fight To Keep The US Government Out Of Gmail Inboxes  | Forbes
House committee looks into cities’ facial recognition tech  |
Who Are the Shadow Brokers?   | The Atlantic
A clever new way to protect your data at the border could also add risk | Wired
Appeals Court Will Not Reinstate Trump’s Revised Travel Ban | The New York Times

Corporate Surveillance

Google now knows when its users go to the store and buy stuff  | Washington Post
Sen. Warner Calls on FTC to Protect Children’s Data Security with Internet-Connected “Smart Toys”  | Sen. Mark Warner takes DNA ownership rights from customers and their relatives  | Think Progress
Curious About Your Genes? Companies Standing To Profit Are Too!  | Bloomberg BNA Privacy and Security Blog


Ministers to enforce new powers to compel tech giants to hand over encrypted data  | The Sun
Terror posts, encryption targeted by U.K. following attack  | Denver Post
UK Tories say they’ll exploit Manchester’s dead to ban working crypto in the UK  | BoingBoing


About Face: DMV Lets Cops Search Database of Driver’s License Photos  | Seven Days

Student Data Privacy

How Google took over the classroom | New York Times

Right to Be Forgotten

Data expungement: An argument for a limited right to be forgotten | IAPP

International/General Data Protection Regulation

Opinion: Europe’s Strict New Privacy Rules Are Scary but Right  | Advertising Age


Protect Researcher Privacy in the Surveillance Era  | CNI Spring 2017 Project Briefings

Privacy News and Views May 13-19

Posted by on May 19, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Student Data Privacy

Protecting Privacy in a Postsecondary Student Data System | New America

Big data in education: Balancing research needs and student privacy | Report from the National Academy of Education

New Congressional push for student outcomes data | Politico

Government Surveillance

Feds use anti-terror tool to hunt the undocumented | Detroit News

Corporate Surveillance

The True Costs of Selling Out Our Privacy   | InfoSecurity Magazine

Twitter rolls out new privacy tools as it ditches Do Not Track and expands data sharing | PCWorld

If you have a Twitter account, change these privacy settings now | C|Net

Broadband Privacy

FCC’s O’Rielly Hopes To Block State Privacy Laws | MediaPost Policy Blog
GOP lawmaker who helped kill ISP privacy rules proposes new privacy rules | Ars Technica

Bill requires opt-in consent, but prohibits states from imposing stricter rules

Maine Democrat Proposes Internet Privacy Regulations | U.S. News and World Report

Broadband Privacy Bill Unveiled In New Jersey | MediaPost Policy Blog

Encryption/Privacy Self-Defense

Senate Staffers Can Now Use Encryption App Signal  | NextGov

“Right to be Forgotten”

Three years of striking the right (to be forgotten) balance  | Google: The Keyword


Washington state passes bill to prevent sale of biometric data without consent | Geekwire


Privacy Scholarship Reporter – Algorithms: Privacy Risk and Accountability | Future of Privacy Forum