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(Jun 30, 2015) British Prime Minister David Cameron will officially move forward with anti-terror surveillance legislation, once dubbed the “Snooper’s Charter,” Politico reports. “The question we must ask ourselves is whether … we are content to leave a safe space … for terrorists to communicate with each other,” Cameron said. "My answer is no, we should not be,” he continued. Tech company In.die has pledged to take its business elsewhere. “We're not going to stay in a country where we might be forced to backdoor our products—and possibly not even be allowed to tell anyone about it," the company said in a statement. Read More

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Uniting Privacy and Customization

(Jun 30, 2015) “Computer scientists and legal experts from Trinity College Dublin and SFI's ADAPT centre are working to marry two of cyberspace's greatest desires” via “Privacy Paradigm,” an online privacy system that aims to both customize and protect data on popular sites and apps “so that users signing up would know exactly how private, or otherwise, their personal information would be,” Phys.org reports. “It's a grand target we're setting ourselves and the research is ongoing,” said Trinity Prof Owen Conlan, “but the big-picture vision is to make the way online services use our personal—and often privacy-sensitive—information as transparent and easy to understand and manipulate as possible for ordinary users.” Read More

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Entrepreneurs, MIT Reveal “Un-Decryptable” Prototype

(Jun 30, 2015) Two Bitcoin entrepreneurs and the MIT Media Lab have revealed a prototype for a system called Enigma, which allows data to be encrypted in a way that it “can be shared with a third party and used in computations without it ever being decrypted,” Wired reports. Enigma would allow untrusted computers to “accurately run computations on sensitive data without putting the data at risk of hacker breaches or surveillance,” the report states. “The actual data is never revealed, neither to the outside nor to the computers running the computations inside,” said MIT Media Lab’s Guy Zyskind, one of Enigma’s co-creators. Read More

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Study Finds VPNs Exposing Personal Data

(Jun 30, 2015) V3 reports that 11 out of 14 virtual private network (VPN) providers are exposing personal information through a vulnerability linked to IPv6, according to a study by the UK’s Queen Mary University in London. Since the Snowden revelations, VPN providers have seen an increase in users, the report states, with those users often seeking to avoid mass surveillance or to circumvent censorship. "There are a variety of reasons why someone might want to hide their identity online, and it's worrying that they might be vulnerable despite using a service that is specifically designed to protect them," said Gareth Tyson, co-author of the study. Read More

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Pinterest Updating Privacy Policy To Match Changes

(Jun 30, 2015) Pinterest is revising its privacy policy to coincide with its move to include “buyable pins” and personalized “Promoted Pins” based on users’ activity, eCommerce Bytes reports. The site has indicated it plans to store credit card information, explaining, "We'll save this info so you don't have to type it in next time you make a purchase. We'll also share this info with the seller, and they'll treat it as if you bought from their website directly.” Pinterest said of its Promoted Pins that it hopes they will be “more relevant and useful to Pinners” and that it would include an opt-out function should users decide they are not interested in promoted material. Read More

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Fitness Tracker Data Contradicts Assault Claims

(Jun 30, 2015) Fusion reports on the ways fitness trackers may work in unintended ways. In March, a Florida woman traveled to Lancaster, PA, and stayed at her boss’s home. Police were called to the home and found overturned furniture, a knife and a bottle of vodka. The woman claimed she’d been sleeping and had been sexually assaulted by a man in his 30s who was wearing boots. But she was wearing her Fitbit at the time, and when police found it in a hallway and downloaded its activity, it became a witness against her. The device indicated the woman was awake and walking around at the time she claimed she was sleeping. Read More

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Administrator Arrested Following Breach

(Jun 30, 2015) Lacey Fowler, an administrator at Cuesta College in California, is facing charges for sending Social Security numbers and other personal information from the school’s database to her home email account, The Tribune reports. Police obtained a warrant and searched the home of Fowler and her husband for evidence related to the breach, ultimately finding evidence of another kind. “During the search, officials allegedly discovered 4.5 pounds of methamphetamine and about seven ounces of heroin, worth a reported $27,000, in a storage container on the property,” the report states. Fowler has not entered a plea on the data theft charge and faces arraignment in early July. Read More

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Pre-Game Press and Athletes’ Privacy

(Jun 30, 2015) As sports coverage has become more comprehensive, game-time privacy for athletes has dwindled to the extent that members of the press are often found in locker rooms, The Guardian reports. Harrison Barnes of the Golden State Warriors said, “The biggest thing is just to remain normal, try to act as you usually do. You don't want to try and change in front of the cameras or change your routine or anything like that. Eventually, you become numb to it.” The NBA Players’ Association’s Tara Greco said the union “sees the presence of cameras as a way of life and didn't have any immediate concerns about athlete privacy,” the report states. Read More

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Bitcoin’s Future Dependent on Emerging Rules

(Jun 29, 2015) Virtual currencies (VCs) are gaining the attention of regulatory bodies worldwide because they're growing in acceptance by retailers and consumers alike. The U.S. Internal Revenue Service, which subjects VC transactions to income tax liability for gains in value, just like property, is one of those regulatory bodies. But it's at the state, national and supra-national levels where authorities are starting to set out rules. One of those emerging rules, and the responses its generated from VC companies and industry forums, will impact the privacy and data protection of VC users, writes Thomas Shaw, CIPP/E, CIPP/US, in this exclusive for The Privacy Advisor. Read More

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Web Conference: For Security, Are Passwords a Thing of the Past?

(Jun 29, 2015) Are passwords really dead as a security measure? And if they are, what is the future of authentication and identity management? On Thursday, July 16, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., the IAPP will host a web conference on new and better methods beyond the password—including biometrics and federated identity management. In “Beyond the Password: Modern Online Authentication,” Christopher Pearson, CIPP/G, CIPP/US, general counsel and chief security officer at Viewpost, and James Shreve, CIPP/US, CIPT, attorney at BuckleySandler, will discuss innovative solutions like SQRL and what the future of authentication may hold. Read More

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