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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...


December 13, 2017  3:50 PM

E-Discovery and the Alabama Recount

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
ediscovery, Electronic discovery, government

If nothing else, Tuesday’s special election for Senator in Alabama is a fascinating case of electronic discovery. The day before the election, “Montgomery County Circuit Judge Roman Ashley Shaul granted a preliminary injunction directing counties to set voting machines ‘


November 30, 2017  9:24 PM

Supremes Hear Arguments on ‘Carpenter’ Cellphone Location Data Case

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

The Supreme Court has begun hearing arguments in the case of Carpenter vs. the United States, which could help determine what sort of data the government could get about you without a warrant. As you may recall, in 2010 and 2011, two guys in Detroit were accused of robbing electronics...


October 27, 2017  9:06 PM

Eek! NYPD Doesn’t Do Backups!

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
government

It’s not often that backups get mentioned in court cases – let alone that people get chided for not doing their backups – but that happened recently in a New York courtroom. Sadly, it seems like the issue is more one of people not knowing technical terminology, though that’s scary enough in...


August 16, 2017  11:36 PM

Dreamhost Fights DoJ Inauguration Warrants — All 1.3 Million

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

As you may recall, in February we covered the question of how many search warrants the government could legally expect to serve on Facebook at once, given that the company...


July 31, 2017  6:38 PM

IBM Mainframe Encryption Apparently Okay

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Apple, Encryption, Google, government, IBM, privacy, Security

When Apple and Google released cellphones with encryption being the default, law enforcement had kittens, with dire warnings about terrorism and child...


June 30, 2017  8:48 AM

Microsoft-DoJ Case Headed to the Supremes

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

Experts who have been saying for a while now that the Microsoft-Department of Justice case would eventually end up before the Supreme Court are finally being proven right: the DoJ requested earlier this month that the Court handle the case. As you may recall, the case,


June 19, 2017  12:04 PM

Pence AOL Email Costs State $100K

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

Here’s another reason why politicians shouldn’t use private email accounts to conduct official business: It can cost your state $100,000. This is reportedly what the state of Indiana is spending...


May 25, 2017  11:15 PM

Reporters Say Trump is Deleting Data

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Data, government, Security

As you may recall, no sooner was Donald Trump elected President than people began saving copies of government data that they feared he might delete, such as years of data about the...


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