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Phone and email scammers have pivoted during the pandemic

Washington Post – Here’s how to protect yourself. “If there has been any upside to the coronavirus pandemic, it’s that robocalls practically stopped for a time. Unfortunately, the ringing has returned. On average, the American public fields about 5 billion spam calls per month, according to call-blocker app RoboKiller. However, the company noticed a 40 percent drop… Continue Reading

Cyberlaw Clinic and EFF publish Guide to Legal Risks of Security Research

Cyberlaw Clinic: “We are excited to announce the release of A Researcher’s Guide to Some Legal Risks of Security Research (pdf), a report authored by Sunoo Park and Kendra Albert, and co-published by the Cyberlaw Clinic and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). Just last month, over 75 prominent security researchers signed a letter urging the… Continue Reading

Federal Law Enforcement Use of Facial Recognition Technology

CRS report via LC – Federal Law Enforcement Use of Facial Recognition Technology, October 27, 2020: “Law enforcement agencies’ use of facial recognition technology (FRT), while not a new practice, has received increased attention from policymakers and the public. Some of the concerns raised revolve around the accuracy of the technology, including potential race-, gender-, and… Continue Reading

Law Firms Largely Buck Growing Trend of Monitoring Remote Employees’ Productivity

Law.com [paywall]: “Some corporations, including alternative legal service providers (ALSPs), are leveraging more productivity and timekeeping technology to monitor their now largely remote workforce. But the bulk of boutiques and midsize firms aren’t deploying software to keep track of their nonlawyers, preferring instead to continue to measure staff productiveness by the work produced. While a… Continue Reading

How politicians target you: 3,000 data points on every voter, including your phone number

Washington Post – “Our quest to find what politicians know about voters uncovered data troves with intimate information about income, debt, family, religion, gun ownership and a whole lot more…I’ve been on a crusade to find out what politicians know about me. So over the past few months, I’ve used California’s new data privacy law… Continue Reading

How to turn on end-to-end encryption in Zoom (and why you should)

Fast Company: “Zoom has finally launched end-to-end encryption (E2EE) for all users. The launch is a long time coming and will be sure to make Zoom users the world over more confident in using the service, which has become a critical tool for businesses and employees due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Previously to Zoom’s end-to-end… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, October 25, 2020

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, October 25, 2020 – Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly… Continue Reading

Apple, Google and a Deal That Controls the Internet

The New York Times – In a landmark antitrust complaint, the Justice Department is targeting a secretive partnership that is worth billions of dollars to both companies. “…Last Tuesday, the Justice Department filed a landmark lawsuit against Google — the U.S. government’s biggest antitrust case in two decades — and homed in on the alliance… Continue Reading

Police are using facial recognition for minor crimes because they can

CNet – Law enforcement is tapping the tech for low-level crimes like shoplifting, because there are no limits. But the tool often makes errors. “…The US has no federal regulations on facial recognition, leaving thousands of police departments to determine their own limits. Advocates say that’s a concern for civil liberties. While some members of… Continue Reading

Consumer Reports Study Finds Marketplace Demand for Privacy and Security

Consumer Reports – “American consumers are increasingly concerned about privacy and data security when purchasing new products and services, which may be a competitive advantage to companies that take action towards these consumer values, a new Consumer Reports study finds. The new study, “Privacy Front and Center” from CR’s Digital Lab with support from Omidyar… Continue Reading