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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

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April 24, 2016  10:57 PM

People Still Poke USB Sticks In Things, Researchers Find

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Security

It turns out that the reason people keep poking USB sticks into things isn’t necessarily because they’re stupid. It’s because they’re nice. A recent study by researchers at the University of Illinois discovered that almost half of the people who found USB sticks scattered by the...


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

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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...


February 19, 2016  3:03 PM

FBI Finds ‘Perfect Test Case’ to Force Apple iPhone Encryption Issue

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Apple, Encryption, FBI, iPhone, privacy, Security, smartphone

Okay, it’s another government vs. encrypted smartphone situation. But this one is different. Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik, who last...


February 9, 2016  8:53 PM

Can Your Heirs Get to Your Data When You’re Dead?

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

Normally, this blog talks about the value of protecting your data, whether it’s preserving it, locking it up, encrypting it, and so on. But today we’re going to talk about when you probably don’t want to do that. Namely, when you’re dead. Passed on.  No more. Ceased to be....


January 22, 2016  3:02 PM

California, New York Put Forth Useless Phone Encryption Bills

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Apple, Encryption, Google, phone, Security, smartphone

California and New York are each attempting to pass bills that they claim will help protect people against crime, but in reality would likely simply eliminate a source of sales tax revenue from the state: Each is putting forth a bill that would forbid smartphones with unbreakable encryption to be...


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