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Category Archives: Privacy

The Intercept – NSA’s Spy Hub in New York, Hidden in Plain Sight

“…33 Thomas Street is different: An investigation by The Intercept indicates that the skyscraper is more than a mere nerve center for long-distance phone calls. It also appears to be one of the most important National Security Agency surveillance sites on U.S. soil — a covert monitoring hub that is used to tap into phone… Continue Reading

ALA President statement on Libraries, the Association, Diversity and Inclusion

American Library Association President Julie Todaro: “After a contentious campaign season filled with divisive rhetoric, we are now hearing from our members and in the news media about incidents of bigotry and harassment within our communities. From children acting out in schools to adults participating in violent acts, it is clear that our nation is… Continue Reading

100,000 android smartphones have backdoor hacking your data sending it to China

Secret Backdoor in Some U.S. Phones Sent Data to China, Analysts Say – “For about $50, you can get a smartphone with a high-definition display, fast data service and, according to security contractors, a secret feature: a backdoor that sends all your text messages to China every 72 hours. Security contractors recently discovered preinstalled software… Continue Reading

Federal Privacy Council Online Law Library

“The Federal Privacy Council is the principal interagency forum to improve the privacy practices of agencies and entities acting on their behalf. The work of the Federal Privacy Council shall strengthen protections of people’s personal information and privacy rights across the Federal Government. To achieve this purpose, the Federal Privacy Council shall: support interagency efforts… Continue Reading

Pew – Social Media Update 2016

“Over the past decade, Pew Research Center has documented the wide variety of ways in which Americans use social media to seek out information and interact with others. A majority of Americans now say they get news via social media, and half of the public has turned to these sites to learn about the 2016… Continue Reading

Cell phone numbers are new avenue to disrupt privacy and access personal data

New York Times – A 10-Digit Key Code to Your Private Life: Your Cellphone Number – Steve Lohr – “A mobile number can be even more valuable than a Social Security number, since it’s tied to so many databases and connected to a device you carry with you.” Continue Reading

Accenture Survey – One in Three Cyberattacks Result in a Security Breach

“A new security survey from Accenture finds that in the past twelve months, roughly one in three targeted attacks resulted in an actual security breach, which equates to two to three effective attacks per month for the average company. Still, a majority of security executives (75 percent) surveyed are confident in their ability to protect… Continue Reading

Check if you have an account that has been compromised in a data breach

“This site [have i been pwned] came about after what at the time, was the largest ever single breach of customer accounts — Adobe. [Troy Hunt, a Microsoft Regional Director] often did post-breach analysis of user credentials and kept finding the same accounts exposed over and over again, often with the same passwords which then… Continue Reading

FCC Adopts Broadband Consumer Privacy Rules

“WASHINGTON, October 27, 2016 – The Federal Communications Commission today adopted rules that require broadband Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to protect the privacy of their customers. The rules ensure broadband customers have meaningful choice, greater transparency and strong security protections for their personal information collected by ISPs. The rules implement the privacy requirements of Section… Continue Reading

Applying the Right to Be Forgotten: IFLA Publishes Open Letter

Application of Right to be Forgotten Rulings: The Library Viewpoint “See also IFLA’s background report on the right to be forgotten around the world, as well as the report from the workshop IFLA organised at the latest European Internet Governance Forum (EuroDIG).” Continue Reading

Amnesty International Reviews IM Applications, Privacy and Human Rights Risks

“Encryption helps protect people’s human rights online. By rendering digital data unintelligible, encryption helps ensure that private information sent over the internet stays private. Technology companies play a crucial role in keeping digital information safe. In this report, Amnesty International ranks 11 technology companies on whether they are meeting their human rights responsibilities by using… Continue Reading