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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...


August 27, 2018  10:37 PM

Remember to Delete Your Car’s Data

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Cars, privacy, Security

Most of us are pretty aware that we need to wipe the memory of a hard drive or other storage device when we get rid of a computer or a cell phone. Some of us are even aware that you may need to do so with a printer, copier, or fax machine. It turns out that now you have to do it with your car,...


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...


July 23, 2018  8:00 AM

Korean USB Fans Invite Scrutiny

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
privacy, Security, USB

Security experts watched in horror as journalists attending the US - North Korea summit in Singapore in June were handed gift bags containing adorable little USB fans. Plug them into your laptop and they would help keep you cool. They could also, if you’ve read this blog for any length of...


July 16, 2018  8:00 AM

Smile! You’re on Facial Recognition Database!

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Facial recognition, FBI, privacy, Security

What almost became a new law in Illinois presages a series of similar laws in other states that could make it a whole lot easier to identify and arrest people. Both the Illinois House and Senate passed bills that would have allowed law enforcement to use drones to scan groups of people. The...


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...


June 7, 2018  8:30 AM

What Could You Do With a Stolen DNA Database?

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
privacy, Security

A DNA testing database was apparently hacked sometime last fall, but it wasn’t nearly as interesting as it could have been. It wasn’t one of the more well-known sites like


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...


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