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June 22, 2016  4:35 PM

FBI Facial Database: Big and Broken

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

As you may recall, governments and government agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are building giant databases of faces, using...

May 31, 2016  10:49 PM

Fearing Government Warrants, Firms Ditching Client Data

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

In this day and age of “big data,” where many companies are trying to collect more and more data about their customers so they can analyze it to serve them better or sell them more stuff, some Silicon Valley companies are trying the opposite tactic: Jettisoning as much customer data as...


May 24, 2016  1:42 PM

Gov. Vetoes Arizona Cloud Mandate

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
cloud, government

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has vetoed a bill intended to encourage state agencies to move to the cloud –at the risk, some said, of jail time for agencies that didn’t comply. While the Arizona cloud mandate bill has failed, it may still be coming to a state near you. The bill,


May 13, 2016  11:10 PM

Man Jailed for Forgetting an Encryption Passcode

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

It’s like one of those nightmares where you keep trying to type in a password and it doesn’t work. Except in this case, it’s real life, and a man has been in jail for seven months – without being charged – for forgetting an encryption passcode. Francis Rawls, a former sergeant in the...


April 30, 2016  10:57 PM

‘License and Registration. And, Cell Phone.’

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

We're all accustomed to handing over our driver's license and registration when we get pulled over. But if New York lawmakers have their way, you'll also have to hand over your cell phone after an accident, so police can check to see whether you were using it illegally at the time. While the...


April 28, 2016  11:13 PM

Yet Another Set of Terrorists Fails to Use Encryption

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

Government officials have been using recent terrorist attacks to try to justify limiting the use of encryption. You may recall, for example, that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) recently


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