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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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January 14, 2019  12:11 AM

Could Amazon Create a Facial Recognition Database From Doorbells?

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

We’ve written before about Rekognition, Amazon’s facial recognition software, and how organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has asked Amazon...


December 31, 2018  11:03 AM

Storage Year in Review 2018

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

It’s kind of hard to write a year in review about something that’s become a commodity. “Hard disk drives, whether spinning disks or solid state, keep getting


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 26, 2018  9:03 AM

Who Owns Your Car’s Data? Hint: It Isn’t You

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Automobile, car, privacy, Security, Storage

We’ve talked before about data storage on cars – why it’s important to delete it and


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,...


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