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May 13, 2017  11:40 PM

Another Judge Rules on Smartphone Encryption

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Encryption, Security, smartphone

Courts are still trying to decide if law enforcement can make you unlock your smartphone, with some ruling one way and some ruling the other. In the most recent case, they ruled that you have to. And, for once, it wasn’t a case involving

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.


January 31, 2017  2:29 PM

Rettenmaier Case Questions Geek Squad Role in Search

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

As you may recall, in May we wrote about laws being enacted in Utah to require computer technicians to report child pornography they encounter in the course of...


January 26, 2017  10:00 PM

Remember ‘Safe Harbor’? Never Mind

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

As you may recall, in July the United States and the European Union finally came to an agreement modifying the “Safe Harbor” provisions, which allows companies in the...


November 30, 2016  6:34 PM

Microsoft-DoJ Irish Data Case Headed for Supremes

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

As you may recall, in July the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Microsoft did indeed not have to turn over data it owned that was stored in Ireland, in response to a Department of Justice (DoJ) search warrant. At the time, supporters were glad but said it was possible that the DoJ would...


November 29, 2016  12:29 AM

What Will be the Trump Effect on Data Storage?

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

The election of Donald Trump as President of the United States could have some really interesting implications for data storage, data sovereignty, and encryption. If by “interesting” you mean Really Scary and Bad. The Internet Association, a group of about 40 Internet vendors including...


October 15, 2016  12:23 AM

Strange USB Sticks Zap PCs

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Security, Storage, Thumb drive

We’ve written before about USB sticks that could set computers on fire. Now it’s not just a rumor – it’s something you can order now for less than 50 Euros. And it...


July 31, 2016  4:00 PM

Eek! Laptops Full of ISIS Sexually Explicit Material!

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

You could call it Porn Wars. The U.S. conflict with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is being fought not on the battlefield – to the extent there even is a battlefield with the guerilla-focused organization – but also psychologically, using pornography. For example, the activist...


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