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Privacy Bridges: EU and US Privacy Experts in Search of Transatlantic Privacy Solutions

“The EU and US share a common commitment to privacy protection as a cornerstone of democracy. Following the Treaty of Lisbon, data privacy is a fundamental right that the European Union must proactively guarantee. In the United States, data privacy derives from constitutional protections in the First, Fourth and Fifth Amendment as well as federalContinue Reading

Facebook Search expands reach of already huge network

“Welcome to Search FYI. With over 1.5 billion searches per day and over 2 trillion posts in our index, search is an important, long-term effort at Facebook. The team’s goal with Search FYI is to share our progress more frequently. When something happens in the world, people often turn to Facebook to see how theirContinue Reading

View all the Web and App Activities You Conduct Using Google

TechInsider: “The tech giant collects various user data including search history, location, and voice searches to help improve its services and provide relevant ads. However, some users might be surprised to know they can easily take a look at all of the data Google has on them…To view this information, go to “My Account” thenContinue Reading

Password Security – How to Memorize a Random 60-Bit String

How to Memorize a Random 60-Bit String. Marjan Ghazvininejad, Kevin Knight – Information Sciences Institute, Department of Computer Science, University of Southern California: “User-generated passwords tend to be memorable, but not secure. A random, computer-generated 60-bit string is much more secure. However, users cannot memorize random 60- bit strings. In this paper, we investigate methodsContinue Reading

Article calls out harassment, disparagement of highly underrepresented female Wikipedia editors

It may well be that nobody knows if you are a dog (canine) on the internet, but if you are a female editor at Wikipedia, you are in a small and disparaged minority, The Atlantic:  “..In 2011, an internal study estimated that less than 10 percent of Wikipedia editors are female. The disparity is evenContinue Reading

DOT Announces Unmanned Aircraft Registration Requirement

A GoPro equipped drone came within 8 feet feet of my forehead while I standing on a bridge over the Potomac Gorge last year (not amused – yes I have photos) – following is a announcement from DOT about registering drones: “U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and FAA Administrator Michael Huerta today announced the creationContinue Reading

Google is recording your voice and questions

Quartz – Mike Murphy – Google’s been quietly recording your voice; here’s how to listen to—and delete—the archive “Google searches are like a stream of consciousness. We plug every idle curiosity, every thought, and every question into the search engine. Google has always kept careful record of these searches, which helps sell ads. But GoogleContinue Reading

The Hidden Data Economy

The Marketplace for Stolen Digital Information – McAfee – This report was researched and written by: Charles McFarland, François Paget, Raj Saman. Raj Samani, CTO of Intel Security for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa: “Data is the “oil” of the digital economy. The commercial market for personal data is booming, with large databases ofContinue Reading

CRS – The Internet of Things: Frequently Asked Questions

CRS – The Internet of Things: Frequently Asked Questions – Eric A. Fischer, Senior Specialist in Science and Technology. October 13, 2015. “Internet of Things” (IoT) refers to networks of objects that communicate with other objects and with computers through the Internet. “Things” may include virtually any object for which remote communication, data collection, orContinue Reading launches user privacy initiative blog: “Our new Privacy Manager puts privacy choices at your fingertips Your privacy is serious business. That’s why we always make sure we have important safeguards in place to protect the information you provide when you visit We’ve now introduced a tool that lets you easily control some of the information we mayContinue Reading

European Court of Justice

Decision of Europe’s top court on the validity of data transfer regime between the EU and US

Airport Passenger Screening Using Backscatter X-Ray Machines: Compliance with Standards

“Passenger screening at commercial airports in the United States has gone through significant changes since the events of September 11, 2001. In response to increased concern over terrorist attacks on aircrafts, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has deployed security systems of advanced imaging technology (AIT) to screen passengers at airports. To date (December 2014), TSAContinue Reading