Markey, Hatch Introduce Legislation to Protect Student Privacy

Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) introduced the “Protecting Student Privacy Act” last Wednesday, legislation that would help safeguard the educational records of students.  The PreK-12 educational software and digital content market currently is worth $7.9 billion, with nearly all school districts relying on cloud services for…

PCAST Releases Report on Big Data and Privacy

Press Release reprinted below: PCAST Releases Report on Big Data and Privacy http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/05/01/pcast-releases-report-big-data-and-privacy Posted by John P. Holdren, Susan L. Graham, and William Press on May 01, 2014 at 12:09 PM EDT Earlier this year, President Obama asked his counselor John Podesta to lead a comprehensive review of policy issues…

Consumers Buffeted by Security Hacks Still Don’t Understand Data Privacy

In spite of being constantly worried about online security in the wake of numerous data hacks and security breaches among top Web companies and retailers, market research firm Toluna found that people still don’t really understand online privacy and data security. Three in five consumers (62 percent) said that they…

Full Text of the President’s Remarks on NSA and Surveillance

Remarks of President Barack Obama Results of our Signals Intelligence Review January 17, 2014 – Washington, D.C. As Prepared for Delivery At the dawn of our Republic, a small, secret surveillance committee borne out of the “The Sons of Liberty” was established in Boston. The group’s members included Paul Revere, and…

Redfish Announces Open Router Project to Improve Network Privacy

In the wake of the NSA surveillance mayhem, Redfish has announced “ORP1“, an open router project that is designed to protect users’ online privacy across all network connected devices in their home.  ORP1 will be a high-performance networking router with an easy-to-use interface that can run a firewall, IPSec virtual private…

German Court Rules Google Privacy Policy Violates Data Protection Laws

On Tuesday, the Regional Court of Berlin ruled that Google’s privacy policy and terms of service (ToS) violate Germany’s data protection laws. The case, which was brought on by the Federation of German Consumer Organizations (VZBV), states that clauses within the documents are vaguely formulated and restrict the rights of…

Automobile Black Box – A Source of Tax Revenue or Privacy Nightmare?

In an attempt to fund the repair of America’s deteriorating roads, environmental groups have been lobbying to allow the use of a “black box” in automobiles which would track mileage as well as location information, and use this to generate a tax bill. The LA Times reports that several states are…

Facebook Removing Option To Restrict Searching By Contact Name

Facebook is removing the privacy setting “Who can look up your timeline by name or contact info?” and notifying users who’s profiles are hidden that they will now be searchable. They had already removed the setting in December for users who were not using it. The company’s intention it to…

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US Postal Service Prepares to Sell Email Encryption

As reports of mail workers monitoring letters surfaced this summer, the U.S. Postal Service was applying to trademark merchandise aimed at preventing snoops — outside the government — from hacking online communications. The potential product line underscores the struggle agencies face in balancing privacy and national security — all while…

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What is your smartphone capable of revealing about you?

Recently I learned that a friend of mine had lost her iPhone.  Initial attempts to find the phone by calling met with failure – no answer means no one must have found the phone, right?  Using Apple’s “Find my iPhone” tool, she was able to determine the phone was still…