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Category Archives: Privacy

Airports Where You’re Most Likely To Be Hacked

Fortune: “Public Wi-Fi in airports might seen like a godsend to business travelers and weary parents. But it’s often a fast lane for hackers to access your information. Cloud security company Coronet has compiled a list of America’s most cyber insecure airports. And nowhere is worse than San Diego. Coronet looked at data from the… Continue Reading

DOJ plans to alert public to foreign operations targeting U.S. democracy

The Washington Post: “Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein spoke about foreign influence campaigns on July 19 at the Aspen Security Forum. The Justice Department plans to alert the public to foreign operations targeting U.S. democracy under a new policy designed to counter hacking and disinformation campaigns such as the one Russia undertook in 2016 to… Continue Reading

New tool helps you find 48,000+ open Amazon S3 buckets

The Daily Swig: “Hundreds of thousands of potentially sensitive files are publically available through open Amazon buckets, a new online tool can reveal. The free tool, created by software engineer GrayhatWarfare, is a searchable database where a current list of 48,623 open S3 buckets can be found. Amazon’s S3 cloud storage, or Simple Storage Service,… Continue Reading

Health Insurers Increasing Data Collection on Patients and Rates are Rising

Joint reporting – ProPublica and NPR: “Without any public scrutiny, insurers and data brokers are predicting your health costs based on data about things like race, marital status, how much TV you watch, whether you pay your bills on time or even buy plus-size clothing…With little public scrutiny, the health insurance industry has joined forces… Continue Reading

New on LLRX – Surveillance and Legal Research Providers: What You Need to Know

Via LLRX.com – Surveillance and Legal Research Providers: What You Need to Know – Legal research companies are selling surveillance data and services to law enforcement agencies including ICE. Their participation in government surveillance raises ethical questions about privacy, confidentiality and financial support: How private is your search history when your legal research vendors also… Continue Reading

A Smart Move? 24 Essentials Of A Swot Analysis Policymakers Need To Consider

Berkman Klein Center: “Regulators and policymakers are increasingly involved in making important decisions about the governance of automated vehicles (AVs). Policymakers need to design comprehensive policies to deliver the benefits of AVs and to foresee and address potential unintended consequences; however, this is not an easy task. Especially given the complexity of the technology, AVs… Continue Reading

Inside Facebook, Twitter and Google’s AI battle over your social lives

CNET: “When you sign up for Facebook on your phone, the app isn’t just giving you the latest updates and photos from your friends and family. In the background, it’s utilizing the phone’s gyroscope to detect subtle movements that come from breathing. It’s measuring how quickly you tap on the screen, and even looking at… Continue Reading

All Ears: Always-On Listening Devices Could Soon Be Everywhere

WSJ (paywall) – “…We’re moving toward a world in which everything with a plug or battery can respond to a voice command. Apple’s next AirPods could have many of the capabilities that Vesper claims its microphones will enable, such as built-in noise cancellation. (In the past, Apple has used several suppliers for its microphones.) Meanwhile,… Continue Reading

What You Need to Know About California’s New Data Privacy Law

Harvard Business Review: “Late last month, California passed a sweeping consumer privacy law that might force significant changes on companies that deal in personal data — and especially those operating in the digital space. The law’s passage comes on the heels of a few days of intense negotiation among privacy advocates, technology startups, network providers, Silicon… Continue Reading

Getting a password manager is the most important way to improve your online security

Washington Post – “…After testing password managers that work across browsers and devices, I recommend one called Dashlane. It’s the one simple enough that you’re likely to stick with it, though its features are neck and neck with rivals 1Password and LastPass, which are also fine choices. Dashlane, used by 10 million people, is free… Continue Reading

Avoid Google and Bing: 7 Alternative Search Engines That Value Privacy

MakeUseOf (MUO): “Google and Bing might be the web’s most popular search engines, but they’re both a disaster from a privacy standpoint. They routinely harvest your data and use it in more ways than you care to imagine. Is search engine privacy important to you? If so, you should consider using one of these alternative… Continue Reading

Box CEO says mistrust of Google and Facebook is a ‘contagion’ that could spread to every tech company

Recode: The worst-case scenario for us is that Silicon Valley gets so far behind on these issues that we just can’t be trusted as an industry. “Aaron Levie isn’t worried about his company, Box, being regulated — but he is worried about what happens if the government has to do something about Facebook. “It’s a… Continue Reading