The Oxymoronic Notion of “Online Privacy”: When Information is Too Private for a Search Engine to Display

There was a ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union this week, and it’s causing quite a bit of controversy on the U.S. side of the pond. The ruling has to do with online privacy and the obligation of Continue Reading →

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 Continue Reading →

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.) Continue Reading →

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, Continue Reading →

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 Continue Reading →

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 Continue Reading →

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. Continue Reading →

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 Continue Reading →

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 Continue Reading →