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February 11, 2018  5:55 PM

Too Much Bodycam Footage? Just Delete It

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

As you may recall, a number of police departments, upon implementing body cameras, have found that the cameras themselves are only the half of it. The real problem is storing all the data the cameras collect. Some jurisdictions have found a solution to this problem: Just delete all that pesky...

January 31, 2018  10:57 PM

Spinal Facility Loses ‘Back’-Up Hard Drive

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
privacy, Security

It’s been a while since we had a good Companies Behaving Badly with people’s data story, but here we are: “Charles River Medical Associates says it lost a portable hard drive believed to contain personal information and x-ray images of everyone who received a bone density scan at its...


January 24, 2018  9:05 PM

Microsoft-Ireland Data Case Brings Its Friends

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Microsoft, Security

The wheels of justice continue to grind in the Microsoft Ireland data servers case, with the simultaneous submission of 23 amicus briefs signed by almost 300...

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January 10, 2018  12:33 AM

U.S. Tightens Laptop Border Search Restrictions

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

Taking a laptop across the border? There’s good news and bad news. As you may recall, since 2009 there has been an ongoing struggle with how much right the U.S. government has to search laptops that people are carrying into the U.S., without a warrant, or even any particular reason other than...


November 30, 2017  9:24 PM

Supremes Hear Arguments on ‘Carpenter’ Cellphone Location Data Case

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

The Supreme Court has begun hearing arguments in the case of Carpenter vs. the United States, which could help determine what sort of data the government could get about you without a warrant. As you may recall, in 2010 and 2011, two guys in Detroit were accused of robbing electronics...


October 31, 2017  1:05 PM

Queen’s Security Data on USB Stick

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Security

We’ve written before about the dangers of USB sticks and why it’s not a good idea to poke ones that you find lying around into your computer. But here’s a...


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  9:03 PM

E-Discovery Data Breach is a Lesson for All of Us

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
E-discovery, Security

Be careful with e-discovery: You might discover something you didn’t intend. That’s what one attorney recently learned when collecting data for a legal case. “The 1.4 gigabytes of files that Wells Fargo’s lawyer sent included copious spreadsheets with customers’ names and Social...


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...


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