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September 19, 2017  11:33 AM

Forget Your Password, Go to Jail

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

Remember the guy who got put in jail for contempt for forgetting his hard disk drive encryption passwords? He’s still in there, and doesn’t have any prospects for getting...

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...


July 22, 2017  10:22 AM

Supremes to Decide Cellphone Location Data Case

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
privacy, Security, smartphone

The laws governing search and seizure of data on a person’s cellphone continue to evolve – and next fall, they’re likely to evolve some more, as a critical case goes to the Supreme Court. At the heart of the case is the distinction between content and metadata. Let’s...


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...


April 21, 2017  10:36 PM

New York to Destroy IDNYC Data

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

We’ve written before about government agencies concerned that President Donald Trump’s administration could end up destroying data that those agencies find useful but which 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


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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