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August 16, 2017  11:36 PM

Dreamhost Fights DoJ Inauguration Warrants — All 1.3 Million

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

As you may recall, in February we covered the question of how many search warrants the government could legally expect to serve on Facebook at once, given that the company...

July 31, 2017  6:38 PM

IBM Mainframe Encryption Apparently Okay

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Apple, Encryption, Google, government, IBM, privacy, Security

When Apple and Google released cellphones with encryption being the default, law enforcement had kittens, with dire warnings about terrorism and child...


June 30, 2017  8:48 AM

Microsoft-DoJ Case Headed to the Supremes

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

Experts who have been saying for a while now that the Microsoft-Department of Justice case would eventually end up before the Supreme Court are finally being proven right: the DoJ requested earlier this month that the Court handle the case. As you may recall, the case,


June 19, 2017  12:04 PM

Pence AOL Email Costs State $100K

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

Here’s another reason why politicians shouldn’t use private email accounts to conduct official business: It can cost your state $100,000. This is reportedly what the state of Indiana is spending...


May 25, 2017  11:15 PM

Reporters Say Trump is Deleting Data

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Data, government, Security

As you may recall, no sooner was Donald Trump elected President than people began saving copies of government data that they feared he might delete, such as years of data about the...


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...


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