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November 30, 2014  7:48 PM

DHS Plans to Delete Surveillance Data. Are We Glad or Not?

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
privacy, Security

The Department of Homeland Security announced, in a very low-key way, on November 19 that it was planning to delete "Master files and outputs of an electronic information system which performs information technology...

October 31, 2014  10:15 PM

Yes, Cops Can Make You Use Your Fingerprint to Unlock Your Phone

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

While courts are still arguing back and forth about whether people can be compelled to give up the encryption key for their laptops and other devices,...


October 29, 2014  9:57 PM

To Heck With Station Wagons. How Much Data Fits on BART?

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

Periodically, people take the new capacity of storage media -- not to mention the new increasing sizes of motor vehicles -- and uses it to recalculate that lovely statistic, "


August 31, 2014  10:54 PM

What We Can Learn From the ‘ISIS Terror Laptop of Doom’

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

Our government loses so many laptops, it's kind of nice when the tables are turned once in a while. That said, a lot of people are talking about what's purported to be a laptop belonging to the Sunni jihadist group ISIS. You may recall in 2011, when


August 25, 2014  11:50 PM

What Crimes Do Vendors Look for In Our Email?

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

We've written before about how people's storage privacy rights seem to go out the window whenever child pornography is mentioned, whether it's on hard disks and USB drives, the


August 12, 2014  9:34 PM

Another Judge Tells Microsoft, ‘All Your Data Are Belong to Us’

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Microsoft, privacy

Another judge has told Microsoft that it must release data stored on one of its servers to a U.S. government agency, even though the data in question is outside the...


July 27, 2014  11:55 PM

Why the ‘Hard Drive-Sniffing Dog’ Should Scare the Crap Out of You

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

More than one person thought it was from the Onion: Police have trained dogs to smell out child pornography. But the truth is no laughing matter. First of all, the dogs can't smell pornography,...


July 11, 2014  6:21 PM

Let’s Blow &(*&(*& Up, the Sequel: Your Smartphone

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
privacy, Security

We've written before that if you're going to depurpose a laptop, or a hard drive, or a printer, that you really need to blow that sucker up, using at least two methods, to ensure...


June 27, 2014  5:41 PM

Cloud Storage Wins One, Loses One With Supreme Court

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Cloud storage, privacy

It's not often that the actions of the Supreme Court wander into our purview over here, but we were in luck this month, with not one but two cases having relevance to cloud storage. In one case, cloud storage users gained protections, while in the other, they lost them and perhaps will put...


May 31, 2014  6:14 PM

Judge to Microsoft: ‘All Your Data Are Belong to Us’

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Microsoft, privacy

We've written before about the notion of "data sovereignty," or the issue of which country's laws should govern data: Where it's located? The nationality of the company...


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