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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...

January 14, 2016  5:38 PM

Are the Malheur Occupiers ‘Using’ Government Computers? Depends

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
privacy, Security

Whether it’s arguing about the definition of “is” or just what constitutes a “clean” room,  kids and politicians love to debate about definitions.  Now the people taking over a federal research station in Oregon are doing the same thing.

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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

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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

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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

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September 19, 2015  11:46 PM

Why Steal Data When You Can Just Muck With It Instead?

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Hacking, Security, Storage

We have always been at war with Eastasia. In an era where people have to resort to smartphones and the Internet just to look up phone numbers, people are warning that the next wave of hacking might not take information, but add or change it instead. “Most of the public discussion...


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