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July 31, 2016  4:00 PM

Eek! Laptops Full of ISIS Porn!

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...

July 29, 2016  12:31 AM

EU, U.S. Agree On User Data Privacy

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

As you may recall, last fall the European Union got concerned about its citizens' user data privacy regarding sending data to U.S. companies, because of data...


July 17, 2016  10:09 AM

Sports Authority Sells User Data

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

If you’ve ever been a customer of Sports Authority, you may now suddenly be a customer of Dick’s Sporting Goods. And you probably never felt a thing. Sports Authority, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in March, recently


June 30, 2016  8:54 PM

Court Backtracks on Ganias Data Collection

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
E-discovery, ediscovery, government, law, privacy, Security

Let’s say you were bad. (Of course, none of you are, but let’s say you were, for the sake of argument.) The government wants to look at a few files on your computer, but makes a copy of all of them, because, you know, it’s just easier. Then, three years later, the government decides you...


June 22, 2016  4:35 PM

FBI Facial Database: Big and Broken

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

As you may recall, governments and government agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are building giant databases of faces, using...


May 31, 2016  10:49 PM

Fearing Government Warrants, Firms Ditching Client Data

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

In this day and age of “big data,” where many companies are trying to collect more and more data about their customers so they can analyze it to serve them better or sell them more stuff, some Silicon Valley companies are trying the opposite tactic: Jettisoning as much customer data as...


May 29, 2016  12:35 AM

Spokeo Decision Causes Ripples

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
privacy, Security

As expected, the Supreme Court ruled before June on the case of Spokeo Inc. vs. Robins. But instead of ruling in one of the two directions the industry expected – each of which drew all sorts of dire predictions from...


May 13, 2016  11:10 PM

Man Jailed for Forgetting an Encryption Passcode

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

It’s like one of those nightmares where you keep trying to type in a password and it doesn’t work. Except in this case, it’s real life, and a man has been in jail for seven months – without being charged – for forgetting an encryption passcode. Francis Rawls, a former sergeant in the...


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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