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July 31, 2018  9:36 PM

EU Considers Ending Privacy Shield

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

Here we go again. The European Union is calling for an end to the so-called Privacy Shield agreement by September 1 if the U.S. doesn’t follow through on its commitments, which could make it really difficult for U.S. computer companies to acquire data from European customers. As you may...

June 28, 2018  11:23 PM

Will the Supreme Court’s ‘Carpenter’ Ruling be Privacy’s Last Hurrah?

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

“The American Civil Liberties Union deserves congratulations” is not a sentence one is accustomed to read from the Cato Institute, a conservative think tank, but it just goes to show how pervasive the...


May 31, 2018  10:59 PM

Okay, Working at Upguard Must be the Best Job Ever

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

Configuration is hard. At least, that’s the conclusion to draw from a recent storage security issue where the Los Angeles County hotline number, 211, was storing many of the records regarding its hotline calls in the cloud....


May 16, 2018  7:53 AM

Another Court Rules Against Warrantless Cellphone Border Searches

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

Yet another court has ruled that U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents have to have some sort of probable cause to search people’s electronics. The Fourth Circuit has now agreed. The Department of Homeland Security has said in the past that it is entitled to broad powers of search within 100...


April 30, 2018  9:24 AM

Everyone Who Doesn’t Have 16 Cell Phones, Poke Out Your Right Eye

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
BlackBerry, Cell phones, government, privacy, Security

A couple of weeks ago, there was some discussion about the material seized from the office of Michael Cohen, the attorney for the Trump organization,...


April 23, 2018  12:16 AM

Attorneys Speculate on E-Discovery Implications of Cohen Files

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
E-discovery, government

There’s one group of people that is really, really excited about the seizure of the potentially millions of legal documents associated with President Donald Trump: E-discovery people. “Discovery nerds — and political junkies — are having a field day with the materials seized by the...


February 11, 2018  5:55 PM

Too Much Bodycam Footage? Just Delete It

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

As you may recall, a number of police departments, upon implementing body cameras, have found that the cameras themselves are only the half of it. The real problem is storing all the data the cameras collect. Some jurisdictions have found a solution to this problem: Just delete all that pesky...


January 10, 2018  12:33 AM

U.S. Tightens Laptop Border Search Restrictions

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

Taking a laptop across the border? There’s good news and bad news. As you may recall, since 2009 there has been an ongoing struggle with how much right the U.S. government has to search laptops that people are carrying into the U.S., without a warrant, or even any particular reason other than...


December 31, 2017  11:29 PM

Rhode Island Email From 2003 Might be Missing

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Email, government, Retention

You could call it Schrodinger’s Email System: Email messages aren’t lost; there just isn’t any way to gain access to them. That’s the situation the state of Rhode Island has been facing since 2015, which came to light earlier this month due to a public records request. Before then, state...


December 20, 2017  10:59 PM

Text-Destroying App ‘Confide’ Used in Missouri by Politicians

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
government, privacy, secrecy, TEXT

As you may recall, in 2014 I wrote about an app called Confide, billed as “Snapchat for business.”  Intended to send messages secretly, it didn’t allow...


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