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August 18, 2019  9:47 PM

Hacked Biometric Database Could Cause Problems

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Biometrics, privacy, Security

About a year ago, it was discovered that a DNA database was hacked. At least, sort of. It was just email addresses of the users of the DNA database, not any of the DNA itself. And everyone heaved a huge sigh of relief at that, because

July 26, 2019  8:23 PM

Federal Government Trying to Mandate Encryption Back Doors Again

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

Here we go again. Federal governments are talking about encryption back doors. Oh, excuse me. The latest term of art is “exceptional access,” which actually makes it sound sort of cool. But it’s a back door just...


July 13, 2019  7:22 PM

Concern Rises About ICE Facial Recognition Use

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

In 2016, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) facial recognition database was big and broken, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Now, it’s not...


June 13, 2019  9:38 AM

Hofeller Storage Case Fascinating Study in How Not to Protect Data

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

If you saw it on tv you’d probably chide it for being a cliché: A guy who spends his whole life passing information on in phone calls so he doesn’t have anything written down in email or paper dies, and has all sorts of incriminating stuff on his un-password-protected, unencrypted computer...


May 31, 2019  10:28 PM

Another Judge Rules Against Compelled Biometric Cellphone Unlocks

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
privacy, Security

A second judge has ruled that having to use biometrics, such as a fingerprint or your face, to unlock your cellphone when you’ve been accused of a crime is a violation of the person’s Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination. That’s after a


May 22, 2019  9:15 AM

Vibrator Data is Protected Content, Judge Rules

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
privacy, Security

In case you’re curious, stored data about the intensity with which you like to use a vibrator has now been ruled to be communications “content.” It’s true. It was ruled on by a judge and everything. Most...


May 14, 2019  9:20 AM

The Strange Case of Seattle University’s ‘Lost’ Laptop

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
privacy, Security

There’s been another case of Companies Behaving Badly with customer data: In this particular case, Seattle University's "lost" laptop. “On March 28, 2019, Seattle University was informed by an employee that an unencrypted university-issued laptop was lost while the employee was commuting on...


April 30, 2019  10:56 PM

Mass Media Discovers Google Location Database

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Database, privacy, Security

Privacy advocates are getting up in arms about law enforcement asking Google for location data, and something might actually get done about it – but perhaps not the best thing. Basically, law enforcement people investigating a crime ask Google for location data of cellphones near the crime,...


April 26, 2019  8:36 AM

Remember the USB That Sets Computers on Fire? Somebody Used One. 66 Times.

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Security

Longtime readers may remember a piece from 2015 about a USB drive that could hypothetically set a computer, or whatever else it was plugged into, on fire. At the very...


April 22, 2019  9:00 AM

Virginia Court Throws Out License Plate Readers Data Collection

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

As you may recall, police departments and other organizations have been loading up on automated license plate readers that help them track automobile locations,...


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