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Consumer Privacy Organizations Oppose Farcical Class Action Settlement

“EPIC, along with a group of consumer privacy organizations, has asked the Federal Trade Commission to object to an unfair class action settlement in California federal court. In 2010, Google was sued for sharing user web browsing information with advertisers. Under the proposed settlement agreement, Google will distribute several million dollars to a handful of organizations, many ofContinue Reading

Barack Obama’s Secret Terrorist-Tracking System, by the Numbers

Jeremy Scahill and Ryan Devereaux - The Intercept “Nearly half of the people on the U.S. government’s widely shared database of terrorist suspects are not connected to any known terrorist group, according to classified government documents obtained by The Intercept. Of the 680,000 people caught up in the government’s Terrorist Screening Database—a watchlist of “known or suspected terrorists” that is shared withContinue Reading

Integrating Approaches to Privacy across the Research Lifecycle: Long-term Longitudinal Studies

“The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University is pleased to announce a new publication from its Privacy Tools for Sharing Research Data project team, titled Integrating Approaches to Privacy across the Research Lifecycle: Long-term Longitudinal Studies [available for download at SSRN].  This paper explores interdisciplinary approaches to privacy in long-term longitudinal studies of human subjects.Continue Reading

HP Study Reveals 70 Percent of Internet of Things Devices Vulnerable to Attack

“HP Fortify on Demand is pleased to announce the release of its Internet of Things State of the Union Study, revealing 70 percent of the most commonly used Internet of Things (IoT) devices contain serious vulnerabilities. Why we did the study - Late last year, we were hearing a lot about Internet of Things, and a bit about IoT security,Continue Reading

US-CERT: Backoff Point-of-Sale Malware

Systems Affected - Point-of-Sale Systems - Alert (TA14-212A) “This advisory was prepared in collaboration with the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC), United States Secret Service (USSS), Financial Sector Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC), and Trustwave Spiderlabs, a trusted partner under contract with the USSS.  The purpose of this release is to provide relevant andContinue Reading

EPIC Sues FBI for Missing Privacy Reports

“EPIC has filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit to obtain details about the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s surveillance programs. The agency is required to conduct privacy impact assessments when it collects and uses personal data. However, the Bureau has failed to publicly release privacy impact assessments for many of its programs, including facial recognition, drones, and license plateContinue Reading

FTC Staff Report on Mobile Shopping Apps Found Disclosures to Consumers Are Lacking

News release: “A new staff report issued by the Federal Trade Commission finds that many mobile apps for use in shopping do not provide consumers with important information – such as how the apps manage payment-related disputes or handle consumer data – prior to download. The report, What’s the Deal? An FTC Study on Mobile Shopping Apps, lookedContinue Reading

NY AG Releases Report Showing Rise In Data Breaches, Provides Security Tips To Small Businesses & Consumers

“Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today issued a new report examining the growing number, complexity, and costs of data breaches in the New York State. Using information provided to the Attorney General’s Office pursuant to the New York State Information Security Breach & Notification Act, the report, titled “Information Exposed: Historical Examination of Data Security in NewContinue Reading

Biannual Twitter Transparency Report

“First published on July 2, 2012, our biannual Twitter Transparency Report highlights trends in government requests we’ve received for account information, government requests we’ve received for content removal, and copyright notices (both takedown notices and counter notices) we’ve received. The report also provides insight into whether or not we take action on these requests…We’ve receivedContinue Reading

CIA IG Report Confirms Searches of Senate Computers

Feinstein Statement on CIA IG Report, Washington -  Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) released the following statement: “I was briefed Tuesday by CIA Inspector General David Buckley on the results of an IG investigation [summary only available at this time]. The investigation confirmed what I said on the Senate floor in March – CIA personnel inappropriatelyContinue Reading

A National Consensus: Cell Phone Location Records Are Private – EFF

“The Fourth Amendment protects us from “unreasonable” government searches of our persons, houses, papers and effects. How courts should determine what is and isn’t reasonable in our increasingly digital world is the subject of a new amicus brief we filed today in San Francisco federal court.  At issue is historical cell site data—the records of the cell towers a customer’sContinue Reading

Federal and State Wiretaps Up 5% in 2013 According to Annual Report

EPIC: “The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts has issued the 2013 Wiretap Report, detailing the use of surveillance authorities by law enforcement agencies. This annual report, one of the most comprehensive issued by any agency, provides an insight into the debate over surveillance authorities and the use of privacy-enhancing technologies. In 2013, wiretap applications increasedContinue Reading