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…

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Snowden 101

Jay Cline is a well-respected expert in privacy, and in case you missed until now, as I had – has written a great summation of the Eric Snowden saga. Be sure to check out Jay Cline: What will Snowden leak next? over at ComputerWorld, when you get a chance. At one…

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…

New Details in How the Feds Take Laptops at Border

Interesting tactics by the government on how to gain access to your laptop for a search. Could your personal or even worse corporate laptop be subject to this tactic? http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2013/09/09/us/politics/ap-us-border-computer-searches.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1   -Dennis

Google Says It Can Read Users Email

That’s a bit of a salacious headline – but it cuts to the chase. Google has been responding to a class action lawsuit, filed in May, asserting that they “unlawfully opens up, reads, and acquires the content of people’s private email messages” – and that such action would violate at least…

US and UK Defeat Privacy and Security Online

An incredibly troubling and revealing article today at The Guardian – “US and UK spy agencies defeat privacy and security on the internet“. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised at this – it seems obvious given the NSA’s mission that they’d work hard to do their eavesdropping, however it hasn’t…

OTA Report: Social Sites Beat Banks on Consumer Privacy

According to the Online Trust Alliance (OTA) – Banks are falling behind Social sites when it comes to online protections and privacy for their consumers. It is somewhat hard to fathom, given how much effort banks have seemingly put into security technologies online for their customers to interact with their services….

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EU Council Deals Killer Blow to Privacy Reforms

Here is another interesting article today. Now, don’t take this for complete face value. Still lots of work going on, but we’ve been hearing this a bit on and off for a bit these past few months. It’s not over till the fat lady sings. For those who were concerned…

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FTC Chair Stuns Advertisers

FTC Chairwoman Ramirez says Do Not Track system needed. Implies industry self-regulatory isn’t enough?! http://www.adweek.com/news/technology/ftc-chair-stuns-advertisers-148644 I’m stunned. The successful 2-year DAA program is being overlooked. -Dennis