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July 7, 2019  10:00 PM

Spokeo as a Precedent Goes Far Beyond Original Database Case

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Database, Storage

A 2016 Supreme Court decision based on how much damage it costs a person when information about them is incorrect in a database is continuing to be used as a precedent in other legal cases that are far removed from the original case. The

April 30, 2019  10:56 PM

Mass Media Discovers Google Location Database

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Database, privacy, Security

Privacy advocates are getting up in arms about law enforcement asking Google for location data, and something might actually get done about it – but perhaps not the best thing. Basically, law enforcement people investigating a crime ask Google for location data of cellphones near the crime,...


February 27, 2019  6:50 PM

Watch Out, Storage — State Legislatures are in Session

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

For the states that don’t have year-around legislatures, this is typically the time of year when their legislatures are in session. And that makes it silly season, when legislators propose laws that sound good to them without thinking through all the ramifications. Interestingly, a number of...


August 21, 2018  11:21 AM

Genetic database privacy guidelines no panacea

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Database

In response to incidents such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) using material in a genetic database to track down a murder...

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April 28, 2018  10:35 PM

Genetic Database Used to Identify Criminal

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Database, privacy, Security

Whether it was “ingenious” or “creepy” depends on which way you look at it, but the recent capture of the alleged Golden State Killer wasn’t the first time that


February 25, 2018  11:46 PM

Expect Many More Spokeo Cases

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Database, legal

Spokeo, Spokeo, wherefore art thou Spokeo? We’ll be seeing that name a lot more in the next few months after the Supreme Court turned down the opportunity to hear the case a second time. As you may recall, in June*** 2016, the Supreme Court was due to rule on a case involving the


February 27, 2017  12:23 PM

Disappearing Government Data Worries Researchers

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Database, government, Open data

As you may recall, a few weeks ago some researchers began copying freely available U.S. government data onto private servers and servers outside the U.S. out of concern that a Trump...


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...


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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