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Category Archives: Privacy

Ebook – Best Practices for Court Privacy Policy Formulation

“A State Justice Institute supported report, “Best Practices for Court Privacy Policy Formulation” authored by three of our NCSC colleagues, Tom Clarke, Jannet Lewis and Di Graski has just been released.  The report begins: “As state and local courts progressively convert their business processes from paper to electronic formats, policies around remote electronic access to… Continue Reading

Paper – I’ve Got Nothing to Hide’ and Other Misunderstandings of Privacy

Solove, Daniel J., ‘I’ve Got Nothing to Hide’ and Other Misunderstandings of Privacy. San Diego Law Review, Vol. 44, p. 745, 2007; GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 289. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=998565 “In this short essay, written for a symposium in the San Diego Law Review, Professor Daniel Solove examines the nothing… Continue Reading

HHS Unveils Improved Web Tool to Highlight Recent Breaches of Health Information

“The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR) today launched a revised web tool that puts important information into the hands of individuals, empowering them to better identify recent breaches of health information and to learn how all breaches of health information are investigated and successfully resolved.  The HIPAA… Continue Reading

EPIC’s Voter Data Case Moves Forward After Court Denies Injunction

Follow up to previous postings – States reject demand to provide all voter personal info to Trump election fraud commission – today via EPIC – “A federal district court in Washington, DC has denied EPIC’s motion for an injunction against the Presidential Election Commission and declined to block the Commission’s nationwide collection of voter data.… Continue Reading

Paper – ‘I’ve Got Nothing to Hide’ and Other Misunderstandings of Privacy

Solove, Daniel J., ‘I’ve Got Nothing to Hide’ and Other Misunderstandings of Privacy. San Diego Law Review, Vol. 44, p. 745, 2007; GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 289. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=998565 “In this short essay, written for a symposium in the San Diego Law Review, Professor Daniel Solove examines the nothing… Continue Reading

Paper – Troops, Trolls and Troublemakers: A Global Inventory of Organized Social Media Manipulation

Samantha Bradshaw & Philip N. Howard, Troops, Trolls and Troublemakers: A Global Inventory of Organized Social Media Manipulation. Samuel Woolley and Philip N. Howard, Eds. Working Paper 2017.12. Oxford, UK: Project on Computational Propaganda. comprop.oii.ox.ac.uk http://comprop.oii.ox.ac.uk/. 37 pp. “Cyber troops are government, military or political party teams committed to manipulating public opinion over social media.… Continue Reading

Internet-Connected Toys Could Present Privacy and Contact Concerns for Children

Public Service Announcement from the FBI [snipped – long read]: “The FBI encourages consumers to consider cyber security prior to introducing smart, interactive, internet-connected toys into their homes or trusted environments. Smart toys and entertainment devices for children are increasingly incorporating technologies that learn and tailor their behaviors based on user interactions. These toys typically… Continue Reading

Using location sharing apps and privacy impact

The New York Times: “Location-tracking features have stirred controversy for the last decade. The Electronic Privacy Information Center, a nonprofit, said location-tracking technologies enabled law enforcement agencies to monitor people’s movements or advertisers to connect people’s online activities with their real identities. In other words, used carelessly, location tracking may hurt your privacy. But used… Continue Reading

Personal data of millions of Verizon customers exposed in cyber breach

Public Knowledge Urges FCC to Investigate Verizon Customer Data Breach – “Today, reports indicate that one of Verizon’s business partners, Nice Systems, exposed millions of Verizon customer records. According to ZDNet, “as many as 14 million records of subscribers who called [Verizon’s] customer services in the past six months were found on an unprotected Amazon S3… Continue Reading

Pew survey – Online Harassment 2017

“This study measures the prevalence and patterns of online harassment by examining six broad categories of abusive behavior (see “Defining online harassment” in the accompanying box). These categories are identical to those used in Pew Research Center’s 2014 examination of online harassment. They are designed to capture a broad range of experiences – not just… Continue Reading

EFF – Major Teleco Providers Fail to Protect User Privacy From Government Overreach

EFF News Release: “Amazon Fails To Follow, Much Less Lead in Privacy Best Practices, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft Fail to Promise They Will Stand Up to FBI Gag Orders…While many technology companies continue to step up their privacy game by adopting best practices to protect sensitive customer information when the government demands user data, telecommunications… Continue Reading

In Voter Privacy Case EPIC Files for Temporary Restraining Order

Follow up to previous resources included in this posting – Trump’s fraud commission demanded all states deliver personal voter info – Not! – via EPIC: “The federal District Court in Washington, DC has scheduled a hearing on Friday, July 7, 2017 at 4:00 pm, to consider EPIC’s motion for a Temporary Restraining Order. EPIC is… Continue Reading