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Twitter – Taking the fight for #transparency to court

Twitter news release: ” As part of our latest transparency report released in July, wedescribed how we were being prohibited from reporting on the actual scope of surveillance of Twitter users by the U.S. government. Our ability to speak has been restricted by laws that prohibit and even criminalize a service provider like us from disclosingContinue Reading

Personal Data Gathering and Dissemination – a commentary

Just the Facts? This Dossier Goes Further By Natasha Singer, New York Times: “NewsBios’ small-scale intelligence-gathering bears some resemblance to the computerized data-mining that large-scale information brokers use to classify consumers’ behavior. For instance, Experian Marketing Services, which helps companies tailor their marketing pitches,segments consumers into categories like: “postindustrial survivors,” “metropolitan strugglers” and “bourgeois prosperity.” NewsBios compilesContinue Reading

EFF Launches IFightSurveillance.org and Counter-Surveillance Success Stories

“The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today launched IFightSurveillance.org, a new site showcasing digital privacy advocates from around the world who are leading the fight against mass surveillance. The site includes figures from the organization’s growing list of Counter-Surveillance Success Stories, a set of guides showing how individuals and organizations have taken on state and corporateContinue Reading

Microsoft and Other Firms Pledge to Protect Student Data – NYT

NATASHA SINGER: “A week after California enacted a landmark law restricting the ways education technology companies can use the information they collect about elementary through high school students, a group of leading industry players is pledging to adopt similar data protections nationwide. The 14 companies include: Microsoft; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the educational publishing house; Amplify, a developerContinue Reading

NSA Releases “12333” Report, Fails to Address Bulk Collection

EPIC: “The NSA released a privacy report on its surveillance activities under 12333, an Executive Order that provides broad authority for data collection. But the report only addresses a narrow aspect of the EO 12333 collection – protections for U.S. persons in the context of targeted signal intelligence activities. The report fails to address bulk collection orContinue Reading

Department of Homeland Security Privacy Office 2014 Annual Report to Congress

“The Department of Homeland Security (DHS or Department) Privacy Office is the first statutorily created privacy office in any federal agency, as set forth in Section 222 of the  Homeland Security Act of 2002, as amended. The mission of the Privacy Office is to protect all individuals by embedding and enforcing privacy protections and transparency inContinue Reading

Retired NSA Technical Director Explains Snowden Docs

Hackers’ Attack Cracked 10 Companies in Major Assault – NYT

By MATTHEW GOLDSTEIN, NICOLE PERLROTH and DAVID E. SANGER “The huge cyberattack on JPMorgan Chase that touched more than 83 million households and businesses was one of the most serious computer intrusions into an American corporation. But it could have been much worse. Questions over who the hackers are and the approach of their attack concern government and industry officials.Continue Reading

Biographic Entity Resolution Challenges of managing and sharing

Via Public Intelligence – DOJ/FBI – Unclassified  Presentation – Biographic Entity Resolution – Challenges of managing and sharing. John N. Dvorak – Senior Level IT Architect, September 16, 2014, Global Identity Summit. “Entity Resolution: The process of determining whether two or more references to real-world objects such as people (individuals), places, or  things are referring to the same object or to different objects.Continue Reading

National Cyber Security Awareness Month 2014

DHS: “The Internet is part of everyone’s life, every day. We use the Internet at work, home, for enjoyment, and to connect with those close to us. However, being constantly connected brings increased risk of theft, fraud, and abuse. No country, industry, community, or individual is immune to cyber risks. As a nation, we face constantContinue Reading

At OECD Global Forum, EPIC Urges “Algorithmic Transparency”

EPIC: Speaking to delegates at the OECD Global Forum for the Knowledge Economy in Tokyo, EPIC President Marc Rotenberg urged OECD member countries to endorse “algorithmic transparency,” the principle that data processes that impact individuals be made public. Mr. Rotenberg explained that companies are too secretive about what they collect and how they use personal data. Mr.Continue Reading

JPMorgan Chase Says More Than 76 Million Accounts Compromised in Cyberattack

New York Times: “The breach is among the largest corporate hacks, and the latest revelations vastly dwarf earlier estimates that hackers had gained access to roughly 1 million customer accounts.”