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Americans conflicted about sharing personal information with companies

Pew Fact Tank – “A significant minority of American adults have felt confused, discouraged or impatient when trying to make decisions about sharing their personal information with companies. When asked if they felt confident they understood what would be done with their personal information as they were deciding whether or not to share it, 50%Continue Reading

FTC Issues Biennial Report to Congress on the National Do Not Call Registry

News release: “The Federal Trade Commission has issued its biennial report to Congress on the use of the Do Not Call Registry by both consumers and businesses over the past two years. As of September 30, 2015, the National Do Not Call Registry had more than 222 million active registrations, an increase of more thanContinue Reading

Report – Violations of Health Privacy Law Common Widespread and Unchecked

Research and reporting by ProPublica and NPR: “CVS is among hundreds of health providers nationwide that repeatedly violated the federal patient privacy law known as HIPAA between 2011 and 2014, a ProPublica analysis of federal data shows. Other well-known repeat offenders include the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Walgreens, Kaiser Permanente and Walmart. And yet,Continue Reading

Google hardware and software monitoring millions of students in classrooms

Washington Post: “In public classrooms across the country, the corporate name that is fast becoming as common as pencils and erasers is Google. More than half of K-12 laptops or tablets purchased by U.S. schools in the third quarter were Chromebooks, cheap laptops that run Google software. Beyond its famed Web search, the company freelyContinue Reading

Database comprising 191 million voter records made publicaly available

CSO Online – “The database contains a voter’s full name (first, middle, last), their home address, mailing address, a unique voter ID, state voter ID, gender, date of birth, date of registration, phone number, a yes/no field for if the number is on the national do-not-call list, political affiliation, and a detailed voting history sinceContinue Reading

Seeking Anonymity in an Internet Panopticon

“The Dissent project is a research collaboration between Yale University and UT Austin to create a powerful, practical anonymous group communication system offering strong, provable security guarantees with reasonable efficiency. Dissent’s technical approach differs in two fundamental ways from the traditional relay-based approaches used by systems such as Tor: Dissent builds on dining cryptographers andContinue Reading

Intercept – A secret catalogue of government gear for spying on your cellphone

“The Intercept has obtained a secret, internal U.S. government catalogue of dozens of cellphone surveillance devices used by the military and by intelligence agencies. The document, thick with previously undisclosed information, also offers rare insight into the spying capabilities of federal law enforcement and local police inside the United States. The catalogue includes details on the Stingray,Continue Reading

Test Your Online Privacy Protection with EFF’s Panopticlick

“The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) launched new online tracker-testing in its Panopticlick tool today, helping you analyze the privacy protections in your Web browser. When you visit a website, online trackers and the site itself may be able to identify you, and the records of your online activity can then be distributed among a vastContinue Reading

Verizon – 90% of industries have experienced a protected health info breach

“90% of industries have experienced a PHI breach…Welcome to the first Verizon Protected Health Information Data Breach Report (PHIDBR)…The purpose of this study is to shed light on the problem of medical data loss—how it is disclosed, who is causing it and what can be done to combat it. This is a far-reaching problem thatContinue Reading

EU General Data Protection Regulation

REGULATION (EU) No XXX/2016 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data (General Data Protection Regulation) – December 2015. 204 pages – PDF – [snipped] “In order to ensure a consistent and high levelContinue Reading

NISO Releases Set of Principles to Address Privacy of User Data in Library, Content-Provider, and Software-Supplier Systems

“NISO [National Information Standards Organization] has published a set of consensus principles for the library, content-provider and software-provider communities to address privacy issues related to the use of library and library-related systems. This set of principles developed over the past 8 months focus on balancing the expectations library users have regarding their intellectual freedoms andContinue Reading

A Victory for Privacy and Transparency: HRW v. DEA

EFF – “A Victory for Privacy and Transparency: HRW v. DEA – In a victory for millions of people in the U.S. who have placed telephone calls to locations overseas, EFF and Human Rights Watch have confirmed that the Drug Enforcement Administration’s practice of collecting those records in bulk has stopped and that the onlyContinue Reading