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March 9, 2015  9:38 PM

How Serious a Problem is Hillary Clinton’s Private E-mail System?

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

We’ve written before about the notion of Politicians Behaving Badly by using personal email systems while they served in office. Now former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is under fire. The New York Times

February 24, 2015  12:40 AM

Google’s Dropcam acquisition is creeping people out

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

If you’re worried about people spying on you, you might want to think about the sorts of surveillance you’re conducting on yourself. In 2009, a company called Dropcam...


February 16, 2015  10:36 PM

Body Camera Storage Could Cost Police Millions

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

A flurry of incidents involving police and suspects, and even innocent bystanders, is causing many police departments to implement body cameras to help collect records of the incidents – or, hopefully, forestall them. But police departments that have implemented the body cameras are finding out...


February 10, 2015  5:35 PM

Jeb Bush’s Partial Email Dump Answers Some of Our Questions

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

As you may recall, former First Brother and potential GOP Presidential candidate Jeb Bush announced in December that he intended to release “all,” for some definition of “all,” the email messages from when he served as Governor of Florida from 1999-2007. And when this was announced, I came...


December 31, 2014  12:56 PM

Congress Fights FBI ‘Back Door’ Mandate

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
privacy, Security

A Democratic Senator from Oregon is attempting to prevent government agencies from requiring vendors to build “back doors” into their software and electronic products by playing two kinds of security fears against each other. Sen. Ron Wyden introduced the


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


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