Items Tagged with "Privacy"



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Government accused of ‘cover up’ over lost farmer tapes

November 06, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

The Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has been accused of a “cover up” after two back-up tapes went missing containing the banking details of around 100,000 farmers.

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Senate Panel Clears Data Breach Bills

November 05, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

The Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday approved two companion bills that would require businesses and government agencies to notify individuals of security breaches involving sensitive personally identifiable information. Both bills go to the Senate for consideration.

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Metadata In State Documents Are Public Record, Court Rules

October 30, 2009 from: hackyourself.net

Arizona’s Supreme Court, in a surprising but welcome ruling, has declared that electronic metadata is part of the public record under state law, in a case involving an Arizona police officer who suspects his superiors of back-dating a document related to his work performance.

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Judge: FTC Cannot Make Lawyers Comply With Identity Theft Laws

October 29, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

The Federal Trade Commission cannot force practicing lawyers to comply with new regulations aimed at curbing identity theft, a federal judge ruled today at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

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Coalition for Patient Privacy Calls on HHS to Repeal the Breach Notification Rule

October 28, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

The Coalition for Patient Privacy urges the Department of Health and Human Services to revise and repeal the interim final rule (IFR) establishing requirements for notification of breaches of unsecured protected health information.

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There’s anonymity on the Internet. Get over it.

October 27, 2009 from: hackyourself.net

In a recent interview prominent antivirus developer Eugene Kaspersky decried the role of anonymity in cybercrime. This is not a new claim – it is touched on in the Commission on Cybersecurity for the 44th Presidency Report and Cybersecurity Act of 2009, among others – but it misses the mark. Any Internet design would allow anonymity. What renders our Internet vulnerable is primarily weakness o...

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LifeLock barred from placing fraud alerts in Experian settlement

October 22, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

LifeLock Inc. and Experian Information Solutions Inc. have settled their lawsuit, and the agreement permanently blocks the original process LifeLock used to protect its clients.

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Medical Records: Stored in the Cloud, Sold on the Open Market

October 19, 2009 from: hackyourself.net

When patients visit a physician or hospital, they know that anyone involved in providing their health care can lawfully access their medical records. But unknown to patients, an increasing number of outside vendors that manage electronic health records also have access to that data, and are reselling the information as a commodity.

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FTC settles latest charges against ChoicePoint

October 19, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

ChoicePoint, Inc., one of the nation’s largest data brokers, has agreed to strengthened data security requirements to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that the company failed to implement a comprehensive information security program protecting consumers’ sensitive information, as required by a previous court order. This failure left the door open to a data breach in 2008 that co...

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Call centre recordings could breach payment card industry security rules

October 15, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

More than 95% of call centres were found to store customers’ credit card details in recordings of phone conversations in breach of industry rules, according to a survey conducted by a call recording technology company.

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My Mind is Wave-ering on the Utility, Security and Privacy Aspects

October 14, 2009 Added by:Sudha Nagaraj

Like many other Wave-wannabes, I am also awaiting an invite from Google to try out their all-in-one communication solution Google Wave. But I have my trepidations: over making my private work public, over opening up for comment work that is still being worked out, over messing up “my thoughts” with a thousand other theories, over starting something with the full knowledge that it could...

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PrivAds: Behavioral Advertising without Tracking

October 12, 2009 from: hackyourself.net

There's an interesting new paper out of Stanford and NYU, about a system called "PrivAds" that tries to provide behavioral advertising on web sites, without having a central server gather detailed information about user behavior. If the paper's approach turns out to work, it could have an important impact on the debate about online advertising and ...

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Red flags at the doctor's office

September 21, 2009 from: hackyourself.net

It seems that the rampant, misguided identity theft prevention efforts have finally reached the doctor's office. I recently went in to the doctor I've seen a dozen times and was surprised to hear they now required my driver's license to verify my identity. After disillusioning myself that they would know who I was after all this time, I surrendered my license and watched them scan it. The receptio...

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