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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...

April 30, 2018  9:24 AM

Everyone Who Doesn’t Have 16 Cell Phones, Poke Out Your Right Eye

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
BlackBerry, Cell phones, government, privacy, Security

A couple of weeks ago, there was some discussion about the material seized from the office of Michael Cohen, the attorney for the Trump organization,...


April 28, 2018  10:35 PM

Genetic Database Used to Identify Criminal

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

Whether it was “ingenious” or “creepy” depends on which way you look at it, but the recent capture of the alleged Golden State Killer wasn’t the first time that


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 24, 2018  9:05 PM

Microsoft-Ireland Data Case Brings Its Friends

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Microsoft, Security

The wheels of justice continue to grind in the Microsoft Ireland data servers case, with the simultaneous submission of 23 amicus briefs signed by almost 300...

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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...


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