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November 30, 2016  6:34 PM

Microsoft-DoJ Irish Data Case Headed for Supremes

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

As you may recall, in July the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Microsoft did indeed not have to turn over data it owned that was stored in Ireland, in response to a Department of Justice (DoJ) search warrant. At the time, supporters were glad but said it was possible that the DoJ would...

November 29, 2016  12:29 AM

What Will be the Trump Effect on Data Storage?

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

The election of Donald Trump as President of the United States could have some really interesting implications for data storage, data sovereignty, and encryption. If by “interesting” you mean Really Scary and Bad. The Internet Association, a group of about 40 Internet vendors including...


July 31, 2016  4:00 PM

Eek! Laptops Full of ISIS Porn!

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

You could call it Porn Wars. The U.S. conflict with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is being fought not on the battlefield – to the extent there even is a battlefield with the guerilla-focused organization – but also psychologically, using pornography. For example, the activist...


July 29, 2016  12:31 AM

EU, U.S. Agree On User Data Privacy

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

As you may recall, last fall the European Union got concerned about its citizens' user data privacy regarding sending data to U.S. companies, because of data...


July 20, 2016  12:57 PM

Microsoft Wins One for the Data Privacy Team

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

Is data owned by a company based in one country, but stored in another country, subject to seizure by warrant by the government of the first country? U.S....

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July 17, 2016  10:09 AM

Sports Authority Sells User Data

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
privacy, Security, Storage

If you’ve ever been a customer of Sports Authority, you may now suddenly be a customer of Dick’s Sporting Goods. And you probably never felt a thing. Sports Authority, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in March, recently


June 30, 2016  8:54 PM

Court Backtracks on Ganias Data Collection

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
E-discovery, ediscovery, government, law, privacy, Security

Let’s say you were bad. (Of course, none of you are, but let’s say you were, for the sake of argument.) The government wants to look at a few files on your computer, but makes a copy of all of them, because, you know, it’s just easier. Then, three years later, the government decides you...


June 22, 2016  4:35 PM

FBI Facial Database: Big and Broken

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

As you may recall, governments and government agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are building giant databases of faces, using...


May 31, 2016  10:49 PM

Fearing Government Warrants, Firms Ditching Client Data

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

In this day and age of “big data,” where many companies are trying to collect more and more data about their customers so they can analyze it to serve them better or sell them more stuff, some Silicon Valley companies are trying the opposite tactic: Jettisoning as much customer data as...


May 29, 2016  12:35 AM

Spokeo Decision Causes Ripples

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
privacy, Security

As expected, the Supreme Court ruled before June on the case of Spokeo Inc. vs. Robins. But instead of ruling in one of the two directions the industry expected – each of which drew all sorts of dire predictions from...


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