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March 27, 2018  10:23 PM

CLOUD Act Ends Microsoft Ireland Supreme Court Case

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

Oh hey. You know that Microsoft Ireland Supreme Court case? Never mind. In case you forgot, the case, which started in 2014, involved whether Microsoft must...

March 11, 2018  5:19 PM

Fresno State Hard Drive Theft Raises Questions

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

Another day, another missing unencrypted portable hard disk drive. In this particular case, it was from the athletic department at California State University, Fresno (which...


February 28, 2018  11:37 PM

Supreme Court Hears Microsoft-Ireland Data Case

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

It is not looking good for Microsoft after the first day of hearings at the Supreme Court for the case regarding whether the company has to turn over to law enforcement data that is stored on a server in Ireland. So far, the debate appears to hinge on whether to rule on the case, or wait for...


February 11, 2018  5:55 PM

Too Much Bodycam Footage? Just Delete It

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

As you may recall, a number of police departments, upon implementing body cameras, have found that the cameras themselves are only the half of it. The real problem is storing all the data the cameras collect. Some jurisdictions have found a solution to this problem: Just delete all that pesky...


January 31, 2018  10:57 PM

Spinal Facility Loses ‘Back’-Up Hard Drive

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
privacy, Security

It’s been a while since we had a good Companies Behaving Badly with people’s data story, but here we are: “Charles River Medical Associates says it lost a portable hard drive believed to contain personal information and x-ray images of everyone who received a bone density scan at its...


January 10, 2018  12:33 AM

U.S. Tightens Laptop Border Search Restrictions

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

Taking a laptop across the border? There’s good news and bad news. As you may recall, since 2009 there has been an ongoing struggle with how much right the U.S. government has to search laptops that people are carrying into the U.S., without a warrant, or even any particular reason other than...


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...


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...


September 19, 2017  11:33 AM

Forget Your Password, Go to Jail

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

Remember the guy who got put in jail for contempt for forgetting his hard disk drive encryption passwords? He’s still in there, and doesn’t have any prospects for...


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...


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