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Privacy News and Views for October 6

Posted by on October 6, 2017 in News and Updates | 0 comments


Privacy, Security, and Digital Inequality
How Technology Experiences and Resources Vary by Socioeconomic Status, Race, and Ethnicity | Data&Society



U.S. lawmakers want to restrict internet surveillance on Americans | Reuters

Unintentional Noncompliance and the Need for Section 702 Reform | Lawfare

Apple reports record number of U.S. national security requests | CNN Tech

Congressman demands to know if DHS will collect his social media history, too | Ars Technica

FAQ: U.S. government monitoring of social media | The Identity Project

Corporate Surveillance

Your Data is Being Manipulated | danah boyd

Students and Minors’ Privacy

FTC, Department of Education Announce Workshop to Explore Privacy Issues Related to Education Technology | Federal Trade Commission

Libraries and Privacy

Library Freedom Institute to Launch Train-the-Trainers Course on Internet Privacy, Security | Library Journal


Deputy AG sounds the alarm over ‘warrant-proof’ encryption | The Hill

Wyden pushes Supreme Court to adopt email encryption standards that it currently doesn’t use | CyberScoop

Las Vegas tragedy reignites encryption debate | CNBCNews

Law and Regulation

Congressman wants U.S. to part with Europe on data privacy | NextGov

New General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to Change Emphasis of Data Protection | Limerick Post

Blunt, Capito lead measure to enhance privacy protections for domestic violence victims | The Ripon Advance (Washington D.C.)

Hazards ahead: Uptick in biometric privacy laws can put employers in hot seat | Lexology

The White House and Equifax agree: Social Security numbers should go | Bloomberg


The End of Privacy  | The New York Times

Congress: Protect the Communications Privacy of Americans | Huffington Post

The 702 Problem | The Weekly Standard

This Week in Data Breaches

Yahoo says all three billion accounts hacked in 2013 data theft | Reuters

1,200 Football Players’ Personal Data Exposed In NFL Leak | Forbes

Drive-in chain Sonic says payment cards possibly hacked | Reuters

Whole Foods suffers data breach in some stores | CNBC

Equifax underestimated by 2.5 million the number of potential breach victims | Fortune

Privacy News and Views for September 29

Posted by on September 29, 2017 in News and Updates | 0 comments

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A History of FISA Section 702 Compliance Violations | Open Technology Institute (Interactive Timeline)

Government Surveillance

Most Americans think the government could be monitoring their phone calls and emails | Pew Research Center

US Homeland security will start collecting social media info on all immigrants October 18th | Gizmodo

People Are Worried About DHS Plans To Gather Social Media Info | Buzzfeed

DC appeals court rules warrantless cell-tracking device unconstitutional | Jurist

Another court tells police: Want to use a stingray? Get a warrant | Ars Technica

After Snowden—surveillance, protecting privacy, and reforming the NSA | Brookings Institute

Corporate Surveillance

Ad industry attacks Safari’s effort to protect your privacy | C|Net

I asked Tinder for my data. It sent me 800 pages of my deepest, darkest secrets | The Guardian

Mattel Gadget Listens to Babies, Setting Off Privacy Alarms | Bloomberg Politics

As Equifax Amassed Ever More Data, Safety Was a Sales Pitch | New York Times

Geolocation Privacy

Illinois Geolocation Privacy Bill Vetoed at Governor’s Desk | Goverment Technology

Biometric Privacy

Wow! Illinois Biometric Privacy Suits Proliferate |  Proskauer

Fingerprints, Face Recognition, Move Aside: Heart Scan Latest Biometric Security | International Business Times

Editorial: Rein in facial recognition technology to protect privacy | Chicago Sun Times

Law and Regulation

Senate Panel Reviews FTC Data Security Enforcement Powers | Bloomberg BNA News

This Week in Data Breaches

Data breach uncovered in state program designed to protect domestic violence, stalking victims |

Sonic Drive-In hit by security breach | USA Today

Breach at Sonic Drive-In May Have Impacted Millions of Credit, Debit Cards | Krebs on Security

Deloitte hit by data breach | BBC News


Why the Equifax Breach Stings So Bad | New York Times

All the Ways Equifax Epically Bungled Its Breach Response | Wired

Equifax breach outrage spurs New York State crackdown bill | New York Daily News

Privacy News and Views for September 22

Posted by on September 22, 2017 in News and Updates | 0 comments


Institutional Lack of Candor | Demand Progress   “A primer on recent unauthorized activity by the Intelligence Community.”

At multiple junctures, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) has identified serious compliance problems with Section 702 of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, often based on the government’s repeated inability to follow basic rules that are supposed to protect Americans.

Libraries and Privacy

Protecting Patron Privacy | Choice (Podcast series)

The Evolution of Privacy within the American Library Association, 1906-2002 | Library Trends

The library and privacy of analog | The Murray State News (KY)

Government/Corporate Surveillance

Motel 6 to revamp privacy, data sharing policies after Phoenix locations send guest info to ICE | SC Media

Driverless cars: safer perhaps, but professor warns of privacy risks | The Guardian


The A.I. “Gaydar” Study and the Real Dangers of Big Data | The New Yorker

Shutterfly must face privacy suit over ‘faceprints’ | MediaPost

Broadband Privacy

ISPs can keep sharing your browsing history after California no-vote | Ars Technica

California Legislature Wavers On Internet Privacy | Government Technology


4-10% of encrypted web connections are man-in-the-middled and intercepted | boingboing

How one of Apple’s key privacy safeguards falls short | Wired

6 common myths of VPN debunked | TechRadar


Distrustful U.S. allies force spy agency to back down in encryption fight | Reuters

RFID/Employee Privacy

Wary of employee microchips, state senator proposes regulation | Albany Times-Union (NY)

When RFID Becomes Obsolete | RFID Journal

International Law and Regulation

Regulators without borders| Politico

GDPR: How is it different from U.S. law & why this matters? | Lexology

EU-U.S. data pact faces first major test of credibility | Reuters

Study: EU-US privacy shield essential to leading European companies | Future of Privacy Forum

This Week in Data Breaches

National Bank of Canada Data Breach Included Customers’ Names, Birthdates, Phone Numbers | Huffington Post

Equifax was reportedly hacked almost five months before its first disclosed date | TechCrunch

Nearly 40 states probe Equifax’s handling of massive data breach | Reuters

State, federal authorities proposing new rules on Equifax | Associated Press

Someone Made a Fake Equifax Site. Then Equifax Linked to It. | New York Times