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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...


May 13, 2016  11:10 PM

Man Jailed for Forgetting an Encryption Passcode

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

It’s like one of those nightmares where you keep trying to type in a password and it doesn’t work. Except in this case, it’s real life, and a man has been in jail for seven months – without being charged – for forgetting an encryption passcode. Francis Rawls, a former sergeant in the...


April 30, 2016  10:57 PM

‘License and Registration. And, Cell Phone.’

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

We're all accustomed to handing over our driver's license and registration when we get pulled over. But if New York lawmakers have their way, you'll also have to hand over your cell phone after an accident, so police can check to see whether you were using it illegally at the time. While the...


April 28, 2016  11:13 PM

Yet Another Set of Terrorists Fails to Use Encryption

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

Government officials have been using recent terrorist attacks to try to justify limiting the use of encryption. You may recall, for example, that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) recently


April 7, 2016  9:55 AM

After Outcry, CIA Drops Plan to Erase Its Email Messages

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

Despite all the attention paid to Hillary Clinton’s email server, it’s easy to overlook the fact that a number of federal agencies have been looking for ways to delete email messages. The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) recently decided that it was


March 31, 2016  5:11 PM

Computer Techs Required to Report Child Pornography

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

You may not know it, but if you’re a computer technician, you may have the same obligation to report child pornography as a doctor, day care facility, or film processor. Utah just passed the Reporting of Child...

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March 27, 2016  4:48 PM

Open Source Database Raises Health Data Privacy Concerns

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Database, health, privacy, Security

It sounds like a noble cause: A company, Ambry Genetics, is making a database of information it’s collected about 10,000 people with breast and ovarian cancer freely available, in the hopes that other researchers can use it to help develop preventions and cures for such diseases. But while the...


March 17, 2016  4:55 PM

License Plate Readers Are Storing Everywhere You’re Going

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
privacy, Security

Remember a couple of years back, when people realized that their Android phones actually stored their location data, and how uptight everyone got? It turns out that private companies...


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