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RAPPOR: Randomized Aggregatable Privacy-Preserving Ordinal Response

Via Cornell University Library Open Access e-prints: RAPPOR: Randomized Aggregatable Privacy-Preserving Ordinal Response. Úlfar Erlingsson, Vasyl Pihur, Aleksandra Korolova (Submitted on 25 Jul 2014 (v1), last revised 25 Aug 2014 (this version, v2)). “Randomized Aggregatable Privacy-Preserving Ordinal Response, or RAPPOR, is a technology for crowdsourcing statistics from end-user client software, anonymously, with strong privacy guarantees. In short, RAPPORsContinue Reading

Safeguarding the Personal Information of all People – ODNI

Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) – Safeguarding the Personal Information of all People, July 2014. “As the President said in his speech on January 17, 2014, “the challenges posed by threats like terrorism, proliferation, and cyber-attacks are not going away any time soon, and for our intelligence community to be effective over theContinue Reading

EPIC Obtains New Documents About Lack of Student Privacy Enforcement

“EPIC has obtained new documents from the Department of Education detailing parent and student complaints about the misuse of education records. The Department released the documents in response to an EPIC Freedom of Information Act request. EPIC is expecting to receive more documents about the agency’s enforcement of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.Continue Reading

Self-Defense Against Robots

A. Michael Froomkin and Zak Colangelo on “Self-Defense Against Robots” “Deployment of robots in the air, the home, the office, and the street inevitably means their interactions with both property and living things will become more common and more complex. This paper examines when, under U.S. law, humans may use force against robots to protect themselves,Continue Reading

Is Your Company Ready for a Big Data Breach?

The Second Annual Study on Data Breach Preparedness – Ponemon Institute© Research Report – Sponsored by Experian® Data Breach Resolution – Independently conducted by Ponemon Institute LLC. Publication Date: September 2014. “Data breaches are increasing in frequency. Forty-three percent of respondents say their companies had a data breach involving the loss or theft of more than 1,000 records, anContinue Reading

At OECD Global Forum, EPIC Urges “Algorithmic Transparency”

“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

UH Law Center debuts first database of Fortune 500 company codes of conduct

“The University of Houston Law Center today released a searchable database that contains the compliance codes for Fortune 500 companies.  The project was led by Houston attorney Ryan McConnell, an adjunct professor at the University of Houston Law Center. McConnell worked with a team of recent graduates and current students to develop the database, whichContinue Reading

Report claims NSA has operatives in foreign communications companies

“The National Security Agency has had agents in China, Germany, and South Korea working on programs that use “physical subversion” to infiltrate and compromise networks and devices, according to documents obtained by The Intercept. The documents, leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, also indicate that the agency has used “under cover” operatives to gain access toContinue Reading

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