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December 29, 2015  6:04 PM

Governments, Old Tech, Acquisitions: 2015 Storage Trends

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

The interesting thing about looking over an entire year’s worth of stories at once is that things that seemed like a single event at the time turn out to be part of a larger arc. Yes, the storage industry is like a Game of Thrones season. Who knew. If you’ve been around reporters...

December 20, 2015  7:51 PM

Oh, Go On, Use That Work Database for Anything You Want, Court Rules

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

A U.S. appellate court has recently ruled that violating rules about the use of databases at work isn’t subject to criminal penalties, which opens the potential for all sorts of...


November 30, 2015  2:49 PM

13 Ways (Besides the Obvious) Trump’s ‘Muslim Database’ is Bad

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

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump recently indicated that he would at least consider setting up a database to track Muslims. While he’s since to some degree backed away from...

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November 24, 2015  11:57 PM

How You’re Helping Governments Build Facial Recognition Databases

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Biometrics, Facial recognition, privacy, Security

Smile. You’re on the government’s camera. Increasingly, governments are able to identify people using facial recognition software, and are collecting databases of people’s faces – not just criminals, but regular, ordinary people. Generally, there’s


November 19, 2015  5:27 PM

UK Government Invokes Paris to Hurry Internet Tracking Bill Adoption

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
privacy

The British government is pushing for a law that would require Internet service providers to keep for a year a list of all the websites that their users visit – an action that has


November 12, 2015  11:00 AM

Does Inaccurate Data Hurt You? Supreme Court Will Decide

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
privacy, Security

Companies that collect data – and organizations that like to help people concerned about the data the companies are collecting – are on opposing sides of a case that the Supreme Court is hearing. Like the recent decision on


October 31, 2015  10:49 PM

European Governments Slam Door on Transferring Data to U.S.

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
privacy, Safe Harbor, Security

The Edward Snowden revelations happened more than two-and-a-half years ago, but repercussions are still happening. Here’s the background, according to the firm Paul...


September 30, 2015  1:06 PM

Do You Have to Give Up Your Phone Password? Not This Time

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
privacy, Security

Here we go again. Is an encryption key more like a physical key or the combination to a safe? Courts have been


July 28, 2015  11:17 PM

Committing a Crime? Don’t Post It On Facebook

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
legal, privacy, social media

Companies that collect large amounts of user data, such as Facebook, Google, and Twitter, may have a tougher time fighting government requests for that information after a recent court case. New York prosecutors had filed 381 warrants in 2013 to get photos and private information from Facebook...


July 19, 2015  2:27 PM

UK Court Abolishes Surveillance Act, But More On the Way

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
privacy, Security

Legislation that had allowed enforcement and intelligence agencies in the U.K. to force communications providers to store records of their customers’ activities has been shot down by the country’s highest court, but the government has nine months – til March 2016 -- to rewrite the law to make...


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