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Guardian – Why time management is ruining our lives

All of our efforts to be more productive backfire – and only make us feel even busier and more stressed by Oliver Burkeman”…And yet the truth is that more often than not, techniques designed to enhance one’s personal productivity seem to exacerbate the very anxieties they were meant to allay. The better you get at… Continue Reading

House Intel Committee Releases Declassified Snowden Report

News release: “The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence today released a declassified version of its investigative report on Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who fled to China and then Russia after stealing an estimated 1.5 million classified documents. The report, including redactions for classified information, was the result of a two-year… Continue Reading

Report – Law Enforcement Use of Cell-Site Simulation Technologies: Privacy Concerns and Recommendations

Committee on Oversight and Government Reform U.S. House of Representatives 114th Congress – Law Enforcement Use of Cell-Site Simulation Technologies: Privacy Concerns and Recommendations. Committee Staff Report. Hon. Jason Chaffetz, Chairman; Hon. Elijah E. Cummings, Ranking Member; Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. December 19, 2016. “…During the course of the investigation, it became clear… Continue Reading

Consumer Watchdog, Privacy Rights Clearinghouse File Complaint Over Google’s “Deceptive” Privacy Policy Change

News release: “Consumer Watchdog and Privacy Rights Clearinghouse have filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission charging that Google violated the law and an earlier consent agreement when it forced a change in its privacy policy on users in a highly deceptive manner, without meaningful notice and consent. The Internet giant’s action, taken on… Continue Reading

Statement on Requests for Additional Information on Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election

DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE WASHINGTON, DC 20511 December 16, 2016 “Statement on Requests for Additional Information on Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election – Recently, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence has received requests from Members of Congress, several Electors of the Electoral College and the general public for additional information on… Continue Reading

WaPo – FBI backs CIA view that Russia intervened to help Trump win election

“FBI Director James B. Comey and Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. are in agreement with a CIA assessment that Russia intervened in the 2016 election in part to help Donald Trump win the presidency, according to U.S. officials. Comey’s support for the CIA’s conclusion — and officials say that he never changed… Continue Reading

Risk and Anxiety: A Theory of Data Breach Harms

Solove, Daniel J. and Citron, Danielle Keats, Risk and Anxiety: A Theory of Data Breach Harms (December 14, 2016). Available for download at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2885638 “In lawsuits about data breaches, the issue of harm has confounded courts. Harm is central to whether plaintiffs have standing to sue in federal court and whether their claims are… Continue Reading

Data Breach Incidents, Causes, and Response

Data Breach Incidents, Causes, and Response, 12/12/2016“In October and November of 2012 the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics and the Health Care Compliance Association conducted a survey among compliance professionals to better understand the impact and frequency of data breaches. At the time breaches were very much in the news, just as they are today. To assess whether and… Continue Reading

NYT details how Russian Cyberpower Invaded the U.S.

Follow up to posting series captioned Unreleased CIA assessment concludes Russia aided Trump – see The Perfect Weapon: How Russian Cyberpower Invaded the U.S. By Eric Lipton, David E. Sanger and Scott Shane – Dec. 13, 2016: “It was the cryptic first sign of a cyberespionage and information-warfare campaign devised to disrupt the 2016 presidential… Continue Reading

Bipartisan Electoral College Members Request Intelligence Briefing On Russia

Follow up to previous posting – Unreleased CIA assessment concludes Russia aided Trump – see this follow on – Open Letter to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper via Christine Pelosi (CA) “We are Electors who were selected by the voters of our states to represent them in the Electoral College on December 19, 2016.… Continue Reading

EFF – How To Enable Two-Factor Authentication on Gmail and Google

“…You can enable 2FA for your Gmail account on Google’s single settings page, so your new, more secure settings will apply across other Google services like Google Drive and Google+. Google calls it “two-step verification,” but the idea is exactly the same: if signing in requires something you have (like your phone) as well as… Continue Reading

Unreleased CIA assessment concludes Russia aided Trump

Washington Post – Secret CIA assessment says Russia was trying to help Trump win White House “The CIA has concluded in a secret assessment that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump win the presidency, rather than just to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system, according to officials briefed on the… Continue Reading