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April 22, 2019  9:00 AM

Virginia Court Throws Out License Plate Readers Data Collection

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

As you may recall, police departments and other organizations have been loading up on automated license plate readers that help them track automobile locations,...

April 16, 2019  9:09 AM

Dear Secret Service: Don’t Poke USB Sticks in Things

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
government, Security

The Secret Service is scrambling to prove that its agents are, too, competent and know better than to poke USB sticks in things. As you probably know, a...


January 27, 2019  8:38 PM

Don’t Get Too Excited About the Fingerprint Ruling

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

For some time now, it’s been true that, while people may or may not be required to give their cell phone passwords to law enforcement, they were required to...

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November 24, 2018  2:44 PM

Law Enforcement Asking for Google Cellphone Data Near Crimes

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

Should law enforcement be able to get a search warrant for your phone just based on the fact that you happened to have been near the vicinity of a crime? So far, the courts are saying yes. Cellphone location data has been a big deal lately, with cases such as


November 19, 2018  8:49 PM

Another Case of ‘Alexa, How Do I Hide a Body?’

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

A judge has ordered Amazon to turn over any recordings that an Amazon Echo device may have made during a three-day period when two women appear to have been killed in the home. Timothy Verrill is accused of killing Christine Sullivan and her friend Jenna Pellegrini in Sullivan’s home over...


October 31, 2018  7:18 PM

An Incredibly Gnarly Legal Encryption Discussion

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

New news in the world of whether you can be forced to decrypt your phone by law enforcement. As I wrote in May 2017: “As you may recall, the whole...


October 9, 2018  9:01 AM

New Zealand border phone searches cause outcry

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

We’ve had this in the U.S. for a while, but now it’s happening elsewhere: Enter New Zealand, and either be willing to hand over your smartphone and password, or pay a $3200 fine. “New laws that came into...


August 30, 2018  10:27 PM

If Hacked, Should You be Able to Hack Back?

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

When someone breaks into your system, is it fair to go break into theirs? Sometimes it’s in an “eye for an eye” situation. More often, people want to use hacking techniques to help figure out who hacked them. Either way, it’s called “hacking back” and has been illegal, with sentences...


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...


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