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Report From the Student Privacy Frontlines: 2015 in Review

EFF: “This year the fight to protect student privacy hit a boiling point with our Spying on Students campaign, an effort to help students, parents, teachers, and school administrators learn more about the privacy issues surrounding school-issued devices and cloud services. We’re also working to push vendors like Google to put students and their parents back in control of students’ private information. We launched a nationwide survey of schools’ practices and disclosure policies; provided answers to questions about the legal and technological landscape related to student privacy; and created a wealth of resources, including guides for adjusting privacy settings on mobile devices. We also filed an FTC complaint against Google, hoping to rein in the company’s overbroad data mining of student personal information and its violation of the Student Privacy Pledge. Our investigation found that school-issued Google Chromebooks upload private student data to the cloud by default, including web history. Chromebooks also track students on school-assigned accounts when they navigate to Google-owned services that aren’t segregated as “educational” (non-“educational” products include Google Maps, Google Books, and YouTube). We’re asking the FTC to stop Google from spying on students, and to order the deletion of student data that has been gathered and stored for no legitimate educational purpose…”

FCC Releases Fifth Measuring Broadband America Report

News release: “The Federal Communications Commission today released the results of its ongoing nationwide performance study of consumers’ fixed broadband Internet access service in its fifth “Measuring Broadband America” report. The report furthers the Commission’s efforts to provide greater transparency about network performance to help consumers make more informed choices about broadband services. This year’sContinue Reading

Pew – Home Broadband 2015

The share of Americans with broadband at home has plateaued, and more rely only on their smartphones for online access: “Three notable changes relating to digital access and digital divides are occurring in the realm of personal connectivity, according to new findings from Pew Research Center surveys. First, home broadband adoption seems to have plateaued.Continue Reading

CDC – Landlines have ceded role to mobile

Wireless Substitution: Early Release of Estimates From the National Health Interview Survey, January–June 2015 “Preliminary results from the January–June2015 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) indicate that the number of American homes with only wireless telephones continues to grow. Nearly one – half of American homes (47.4 %) had only wireless telephones (also known as cellularContinue Reading

IG Semiannual Report to Congress on State Department

Semiannual Report to the Congress – April 1, 2015, to September 30, 2015 – Office of Inspector General “Although the Department has taken steps to improve security since the September 2012 attack on the U.S. Special Mission in Benghazi, Libya, OIG continues to find security deficiencies at U.S. diplomatic facilities abroad. Of the 11 U.S.Continue Reading

Search Engine Backed by Internet-Wide Scanning

“Censys is a search engine that enables researchers to ask questions about the hosts and networks that compose the Internet. Censys collects data on hosts and websites through daily ZMap and ZGrab scans of the IPv4 address space, in turn maintaining a database of how hosts and websites are configured. Researchers can interact with thisContinue Reading

Americans’ Views on Mobile Etiquette

August 26, 2015, Americans’ Views on Mobile Etiquette ‘Always on’ mobile connectivity poses new challenges for users about when to be present with those nearby or engaged with others on their screens. By Lee Rainie and Kathryn Zickuhr “Cellphones and smartphones have become a mainstay in the lives of many Americans, and this has introducedContinue Reading

Mobile Messaging and Social Media 2015

Pew Report – Mobile Messaging and Social Media 2015 – August 19, 2015: “In today’s world, people — particularly young people — are continually finding and adapting new ways of communicating electronically to fit their needs. Case in point: 2015 marks the first time Pew Research Center has asked specifically about mobile messaging apps asContinue Reading

Google OnHub: a new router for a new way to Wi-Fi

Google Official Blog: “While we count on Wi-Fi more than ever to be entertained, productive, and stay connected, we’re streaming and sharing in new ways our old routers were never built to handle. So today, with our partner TP-LINK, we’re launching OnHub, a different kind of router for a new way to Wi-Fi. Instead ofContinue Reading

Wireless carjackers can exploit vulnerabilities in cars, trucks, SUVs

Wired: “[Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek’s] full arsenal includes functions that at lower speeds fully kill the engine, abruptly engage the brakes, or disable them altogether. The most disturbing maneuver came when they cut the Jeep’s brakes, leaving me frantically pumping the pedal as the 2-ton SUV slid uncontrollably into a ditch. The researchers sayContinue Reading

FTC on Public Wi-Fi Networks

“Whether in a hotel or airport across the world, or in the coffee shop just down the street, chances are you’ve used free Wi-Fi hotspots. While convenient, they’re often unsecure. So how can you reduce your risk? Encryption — having your information scrambled into code — is key to staying secure online. Watch this videoContinue Reading

FCC Implements Strict Rules to Halt Unwanted Telemarketing

EPIC: “The Federal Communications Commission has adopted new rules that impose strict limits on telemarketing practices. Under the rules, consumers can halt unwanted messages by telling companies to stop calling. The rules also allow phone companies to offer call-blocking services to screen out automated telemarketing calls. In 2014, the FCC received more than 215,000 complaintsContinue Reading