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Consumer Electronics Manufacturer LG Has a Reprehensible Privacy Policy

I came across a blog post the other day that really angers me. British IT consultant Jason Huntley wrote the detailed article LG Smart TVs logging USB filenames and viewing info to LG servers in mid November. He outlines how he discovered that his LG brand smart TV was collecting private data about his viewing habits and using it to … Read more

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Privacy Double Standard: You Can Track Online But Not On Foot

There’s an article in the New York Times about how retail stores are increasingly using technology to track customers’ movements and interests when they are physically in the stores. (Check out the article’s video to see some of this technology in action.) Stores use Wi-Fi signals from customers’ mobile phones to track where an individual goes within the store and … Read more

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That Really Cool App You Put on Your Smart Phone is Probably Collecting All Sorts of Information – and You Don’t Even Know It

A few weeks ago I warned that mobile applications may not behave the way that users expect them to. (See “App Happy Downloaders May Get More Than They Expect.”) As a follow-up to that post, I talked more in-depth with Domingo Guerra, president and co-founder of Appthority. Guerra’s company has analyzed hundreds of thousands of mobile apps to discover what … Read more

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Amended COPAA Rules Expand Data Privacy Protections

Effective July 1, 2013, the amended Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) will take effect. In today’s world, as those of us in security and compliance know all too well, the same information that enables our business and moves our world quickly to the latest and greatest innovation, puts our private information and that of our friends and family at … Read more

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Trojans for the Bundestag: German Police Acquired Finfisher

In December of last year, the German public prosecutors’ office had declared that there was no legal basis for the use of the so-called “Bundestrojaner” spyware, which was used to spy on German citizens. On top of it being illegally used, it was also found to be of very poor quality after extensive research performed by the Chaos Computer Club. … Read more

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App Happy Downloaders May Get More than They Expect

On January 7, Apple announced that customers have downloaded over 40 billion apps, with nearly 20 billion in 2012 alone. The App Store has over 500 million active accounts and had a record-breaking December with over two billion downloads during the month. Apple’s developer community has created over 775,000 apps for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The Android app market … Read more

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Lawsuit Asks What Rights You Have to Your Own Social Media Profile

A lawsuit filed recently in federal court begs the question, “Who is permitted to create a social media profile on someone other than himself?” It’s a sticky question but one that hangs out there in legal limbo, for now. As this article in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette indicates, Rick Senft, president and CEO of the Passavant Memorial Home Foundation, has … Read more

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Countdown to Data Privacy Day – Top 10 Recommendations for Protecting Your Privacy

Data Privacy Day takes place annually on January 28 and is sponsored by the National Cyber Security Alliance, an organization focused on cyber security education. The purpose of Data Privacy Day is to serve as a reminder of the importance of protecting people’s privacy and maintaining control of their digital footprints. As stored data becomes more and more critical in … Read more

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The Dutch, the Yanks, the Cloud and YOU

Recently a research project by the Amsterdam University [PDF Alert] revealed that US law allows for the US government to access information stored in the Cloud, by (ab)using the PATRIOT act. Multiple Dutch politicians have started asking questions from state secretary Teeven of the Justice Department as to whether he knew about this before the research project, and whether he … Read more

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FTC Guidelines Take Aim at the Widespread Use of Facial Recognition Technology

Imagine a world where your every move can be tracked via closed circuit video systems, or through seemingly innocuous photos of the crowd at an event you attend that are posted by someone else on social media outlets. Even more disturbing, envision a world where hidden cameras are strategically placed to capture your facial expressions in order to assemble a … Read more

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