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March 27, 2017  4:26 PM

‘Google, How Do I Hide a Body?’

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
government, law, legal, privacy, Search, Security

Depending on how a certain legal case works out, you may want to become more familiar with tools such as the “incognito” feature in your browsers: Law enforcement might be able to come calling for your search history. “A county judge in Minnesota  4 Comments     RSS Feed     Email a friend

March 21, 2017  6:43 PM

Remember Zip Disks? These Election Departments Do

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
government, Storage

You may recall that a couple of years ago we ran a piece talking about how Ada County, the most populous county in Idaho, was desperately looking for Zip disks and drives to help keep...


February 27, 2017  12:23 PM

Disappearing Government Data Worries Researchers

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Database, government, Open data

As you may recall, a few weeks ago some researchers began copying freely available U.S. government data onto private servers and servers outside the U.S. out of concern that a Trump...


February 21, 2017  5:13 PM

Electronic Border Searches Becoming an Issue Again

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
government, privacy, Security, social media

The issue of people entering the U.S. having their phones and laptops seized and searched at the border isn’t new, but it’s garnering new attention under the presidency of Donald Trump.


February 10, 2017  11:58 PM

How Many Facebook Search Warrants Are OK?

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Facebook, government, privacy

It’s no secret that insurance companies, fraud departments, attorneys, and so on scout Facebook and other social media sites looking for evidence of malfeasance. And when such people do so by means of a warrant rather than simply Facebook-stalking someone, more power to them. But how many...


January 31, 2017  2:29 PM

Rettenmaier Case Questions Geek Squad Role in Search

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
government, privacy, Security

As you may recall, in May we wrote about laws being enacted in Utah to require computer technicians to report child pornography they encounter in the course of...


January 26, 2017  10:00 PM

Remember ‘Safe Harbor’? Never Mind

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
government, privacy, Safe Harbor, Security

As you may recall, in July the United States and the European Union finally came to an agreement modifying the “Safe Harbor” provisions, which allows companies in the...


January 23, 2017  12:27 PM

Trump, Obama Archives Set Up

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
government, social media

If you’re a politics fan and have some time on your hands, there’s some new rabbit holes to go down that give you a great opportunity to compare two Presidents. First, the Internet Archive has set up an archive of more than 500 hours of Trump footage dating back almost ten years. Think that...


December 31, 2016  11:46 PM

Amazon Echo Warrant Seeks Recordings

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
government, legal, voice

Prosecutors investigating a murder have submitted a warrant to Amazon, trying to get data that the suspect’s Amazon Echo smart home assistant might have recorded at the time. If you don’t have an Echo (


December 22, 2016  2:07 PM

Scientists Copy Data to Save It From Trump

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
government, Storage

Co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation John Gilmore was known for his saying, “The Internet interprets censorship as damage and routes around it.” With Donald Trump’s election as President, the Internet is getting a little help. Concerned that a Trump administration might delete...


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