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  • New EU Privacy Law May Weaken Security

    02/15/2018 9:39:34 AM PST · by MeganC · 1 replies
    Krebs On Security ^ | 2/15/2018 | Brian Krebs
    Companies around the globe are scrambling to comply with new European privacy regulations that take effect a little more than three months from now. But many security experts are worried that the changes being ushered in by the rush to adhere to the law may make it more difficult to track down cybercriminals and less likely that organizations will be willing to share data about new online threats. On May 25, 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) takes effect. The law, enacted by the European Parliament, requires technology companies to get affirmative consent for any information they collect on...
  • NY top court says 'private' Facebook photos can be disclosed

    02/13/2018 11:17:05 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 13, 2018 | by Jonathan Stempel
    New York stateís highest court ruled on Tuesday that Facebook users may be required to turn over photos and other information that are relevant to litigation, even if they are shielded by ďprivacyĒ settings. By a 7-0 vote, the Court of Appeals reinstated a trial judgeís ruling requiring a Manhattan woman who was disabled in a horse riding accident to turn over to the defendant horse owner an array of photos taken before and after her injuries. Noting ďsignificant controversyĒ over what information on Facebook deserves privacy protection, Chief Judge Janet DiFiore said it is appropriate to require disclosure of...
  • Governments Hate Bitcoin and Cash for the Same Reason: They Protect Peopleís Privacy.

    02/07/2018 9:10:36 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Reason ^ | 02/07/2018 | J.D. Tuccille
    Publicly fretting about Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, last month, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin assured an audience at the Economic Club of Washington that "one of the things we will be working very closely with the G-20 on is making sure that this doesn't become the Swiss numbered bank accounts." He specifically cited the difficulty cryptocurrencies pose to tracking transactions as a major concern. Soon afterward, India's finance minister, Arun Jaitley, sounded an even stronger note, saying, "The government does not consider crypto-currencies legal tender or coin and will take all measures to eliminate use of these crypto-assets in financing illegitimate...
  • Should Lottery Winners Be Allowed To Remain Anonymous?

    02/06/2018 12:22:32 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 76 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/06/2018 | Jazz Shaw
    Just imagine this situation for a moment. You’ve checked your lottery tickets and discovered that you’ve won almost half a billion dollars. You’ve signed the ticket and are ready to go. What in the world would stop you at this point? That’s the issue facing one anonymous woman in New Hampshire right now. She’s got the valid winning ticket but wants the ability to receive her prize anonymously and not have her name announced for all to hear. (Washington Post) The winning numbers triple-checked and the lottery ticket signed, the New Hampshire woman knew her life was about to...
  • Amazon patents wristband that tracks warehouse workers' movements(electronic surv.)

    02/01/2018 12:37:06 PM PST · by ransomnote · 36 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | 1/31/2018 | Olivia Solon
    Amazon patents wristband that tracks warehouse workers' movements Bracelet, which can vibrate to point an employeeís hand in the right direction, would further increase surveillance of work environment Olivia Solon in San Francisco @oliviasolon Email Wed 31 Jan 2018 19.30 EST Last modified on Thu 1 Feb 2018 13.11 EST View more sharing options Shares 7,723 Workers pack and ship customer orders at an Amazon fulfillment center in Romeoville, Illinois. Amazon has patented designs for a wristband that can precisely track where warehouse employees are placing their hands and use vibrations to nudge them in a different direction. The concept,...
  • Amazon's creepy plan to put a camera and microphone in every BEDROOM with launch of [tr]

    01/16/2018 9:21:01 AM PST · by C19fan · 58 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 16, 2018 | Phoebe Weston
    Amazon wants to put a camera and microphone in your bedroom with the UK launch of its latest Echo home device. The camera on the £119.99 ($129) Echo Spot, which doubles up as a 'smart alarm', will probably be facing directly at the user's bed. The device, which is already available in the US has such sophisticated microphones it can hear people talking from across the room - even if music is playing.
  • FBI Hacker Says Apple Are 'Jerks' and 'Evil Geniuses' for Encrypting iPhones

    01/11/2018 10:34:05 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 45 replies
    Motherboard ^ | January 10, 2018 | by Lorenzo Franceschi Bicchierai
    An FBI forensic expert lambasted Apple for making iPhones hard to hack into. Ever since Apple made encryption default on the iPhone, the FBI has been waging a war against encryption, complaining that cryptography so strong the company itself canít break it makes it harder to catch criminals and terrorists. On Wednesday, at the the International Conference on Cyber Security in Manhattan, FBI forensic expert Stephen Flatley lashed out at Apple, calling the company ďjerks,Ē and ďevil geniusesĒ for making his and his colleagues' investigative work harder. For example, Flatley complained that Apple recently made password guesses slower, changing the...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Facebook Dives into Home Device Market with Video Chat Product Named "Portal"

    01/11/2018 11:00:43 AM PST · by C19fan · 27 replies
    Cheddar ^ | January 9, 2018 | Alex Heath
    Facebook is about to jump into the consumer hardware business in a big way with a video chat device named "Portal," which will put it in direct competition with Amazonís hugely popular line of Echo voice-controlled devices, Cheddar has learned. The device is designed to work in the home and represents Facebookís first serious foray into selling consumer hardware, people familiar with the matter said. Rather than position the device as a smart assistant akin to Amazonís Echo speakers, Facebook intends to pitch Portal as a way for families and friends to stay connected through video chatting and other social...
  • FBI Director Wray calls inability to access electronic devices an Ďurgent public safety issueí

    01/09/2018 2:21:44 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 84 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | January 9, 2018
    The Federal Bureau of Investigation is increasingly unable to access data from some electronic devices that could help in prosecuting criminals and terrorists, which is an ‚Äė¬ďurgent public safety issue,‚Äô said Christopher Wray, director of the agency, speaking at a cybersecurity conference here Tuesday,‚ÄĚ Sara Castellanos reports for The Wall Street Journal. ‚ÄúIn fiscal year 2017, the FBI was unable to access the content of 7,775 devices tied to defendants and victims in criminal cases, Mr. Wray said in a speech at the International Conference on Cybersecurity. That number represents more than half of all the devices tied to criminal...
  • Why Doctors Should Not Ask Their Patients About Guns

    01/09/2018 9:30:56 AM PST · by Karliner · 75 replies
    Forbes ^ | 2014 | Paul Hsieh
    Should doctors ask patients if they own guns? Currently, ObamaCare bans the federal government from using patient medical records to compile a list of gun owners. But following the Newtown, CT shootings, President Obama issued an executive order clarifying that ďthe Affordable Care Act [ObamaCare] does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes.Ē The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) similarly encourages physicians to ask patients if they own firearms ó in the name of protecting child safety. As a physician, I consider this advice misguided.
  • Privacy Incident Involving DHS Office of Inspector General Case Management System

    01/03/2018 5:36:09 PM PST · by grey_whiskers · 15 replies
    DHS.gov ^ | Jan 3, 2018 | DHS.gov
    On January 3, 2018, select DHS employees received notification letters that they may have been impacted by a privacy incident related to the DHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) Case Management System. The privacy incident did not stem from a cyber-attack by external actors, and the evidence indicates that affected individualís personal information was not the primary target of the unauthorized unauthorized transfer of data. [SNIP] On May 10, 2017, as part of an ongoing criminal investigation being conducted by DHS OIG and the U.S. Attorneyís Office, DHS OIG discovered an unauthorized copy of its investigative case management system in...
  • Declassified memos show FBI illegally shared spy data on Americans with private parties

    05/25/2017 5:57:56 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 53 replies
    For instance, a ruling declassified this month by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) chronicles nearly 10 pages listing hundreds of violations of the FBIís privacy-protecting minimization rules that occurred on Comeyís watch. The behavior the FBI admitted to a FISA judge just last month ranged from illegally sharing raw intelligence with unauthorized third parties to accessing intercepted attorney-client privileged communications without proper oversight the bureau promised was in place years ago.
  • ĎMinority Reportí Artificial Intelligence machine can identify 2 BILLION people in seconds

    12/12/2017 5:28:13 AM PST · by C19fan · 18 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 12, 2017 | Harry Pettit
    A smart surveillance system that can identify criminals among a database of 2 billion faces within seconds has been revealed in China. The system connects to millions of CCTV cameras and uses artificial intelligence to pick out targets. Known as 'Dragonfly Eye', it has already been used in Shanghai to track down hundreds of wanted criminals, reports suggest.
  • Yes, the Government Has to Get a Warrant for Digital ĎPapersí

    12/07/2017 3:42:01 PM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 7, 2017 | Seton Motley
    The Fourth Amendment of our sensational Constitution reads as follows:ďThe right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects,[a] against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.ĒWhat this means is: Government canít invade your property or grab your stuff - without first securing a warrant. †And they have to have a darn good and specific reason to ask for said warrant.In this the Digital...
  • Can anybody here verify this whether we are being surveillance through our cellphone batteries?

    Is the government keeping tabs on us through our cellphone batteries?
  • Supreme Court to hear blockbuster cellphone privacy case

    11/29/2017 12:07:41 PM PST · by Coronal · 31 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | November 29, 2017 | Ryan Lovelace
    The Supreme Court on Wednesday morning will hear arguments in a major privacy controversy about police tracking people through their cellphones that may bring about permanent changes to how the courts interpret the Constitutionís Fourth Amendment. At issue in Carpenter v. United States is the constitutionality of police's warrantless search and seizure of a cellphone userís records to uncover that personís location and movements. The government obtained location data in 2011 on Timothy Carpenter, a suspected criminal in Detroit, without getting a warrant. Carpenter appealed to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled that the government did not need...
  • PRIVACY ALERT: HP Quietly Installs System-Slowing Spyware On Its PCs Without Consent

    11/29/2017 10:00:41 AM PST · by blam · 40 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 11-29-2017
    On the heels of Lenovoís massive $3.5 million fine for preinstalling adware on laptops without usersĎ consent, Hewlett-Packard is jumping in with both feet when it comes to installing spyware on its PCs without the consumerís permission. According to numerous reports gathered by Computer World, the brand is deploying a telemetry client (a system data that is uploaded by the Connected User Experience and Telemetry component), on customer computers without asking permission. The software, which was first identified on November 15 of this year, is called ďHP Touchpoint Analytics ServiceĒ and appears to replace the self-managed HP Touchpoint Manager solution....
  • Justices to weigh cell phone privacy in landmark case

    11/26/2017 6:36:09 PM PST · by aMorePerfectUnion · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11-23-17 | Wheeler
    ďThe privacy of emails, photos stored in the cloud, even heart rate history from a smartwatch could be at stake, according to civil libertarians, as the Supreme Court takes up a potential blockbuster case after Thanksgiving. When they return to the bench after the holiday, the justices will weigh whether the history of cell phone locations stored by a phone service provider is searchable without a warrant. The case, Carpenter v. U.S., centers on Timothy Carpenter, who argues the government violated his Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable search and seizure when it obtained his cell phone location records from MetroPCS...
  • Texas Ranger serves Apple with a search warrant for iPhone in Texas shooting

    11/20/2017 2:55:01 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 57 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | Posted on November 19, 2017 2:34 pm | By Steven Winkelman
    Apple has officially been served with a warrant in the case of the Texas shooting perpetrator Devin Patrick Kelley and his iPhone. The case hearkens back to the San Bernardino tragedy of 2015, and the ensuing legal dispute with repercussions that are still being felt today.As per court records obtained by the San Antonio Express-News, Texas Ranger Kevin Wright has produced search warrants for photos, messages, documents, and other data that might be stored on Kelley’s iPhone and his iCloud account. Access to this information, authorities say, could help shed light on the worst mass shooting in the state’s...
  • Is that service dog a fake? Under federal law, you canít even ask

    11/01/2017 3:03:57 PM PDT · by familyop · 50 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | NOVEMBER 01, 2017 | MARK DAVIS
    Neither the vest from the accredited training program nor the certificate are required under the ADA. The ADA says anyone can train their dog, or miniature horse, to perform a task that mitigates or helps them with their disability. Professional training is not required. ADA also specifically prohibits cities, merchants and others from requiring proof that a dog is a service dog. It allows, in fact, only two questions. Is the dog a service animal required because of a disability? What work or task has the dog been trained to perform? Service dog owners may not be asked about the...