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(Aug 28, 2015) While some critics painted him as anti-privacy, Arnall Golden Gregory Partner Bob Belair argues in a post for Privacy Perspectives that recently resigned FTC Commissioner Joshua Wright’s record shows that criticism to be unfair. Rather, his perspective on privacy will be missed at the FTC, as it was unique among the commissioners. “Should the privacy community care about Wright’s departure?” Belair writes with AGG Associate Maayan Lattin, “I think so.” Read More

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Could Drone Regulation Find Solutions in LED License Plates?

(Aug 28, 2015) Less than two weeks after the first FAA-approved drone delivery, government, academic and industry leaders gathered at the NASA Ames Research Center to discuss an impending future when Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) become commonplace in our daily lives. The 2015 UAS Traffic Management Conference centered on NASA’s role in engineering a central, federal system capable of coordinating FAA-permitted drone delivery missions while safely avoiding manned traffic. Daniel Healow, CIPP/US, was at the conference and reports on the details for The Privacy Advisor. Read More

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FTC Announces New Event, PrivacyCon

(Aug 28, 2015) In order to best ensure solid consumer privacy policy while concurrently encouraging technological innovation, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) needs greater input from technologists, FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez writes in an op-ed for Ars Technica announcing a new event this January. “We hear frequently from industry groups, consumer advocates and government colleagues about policy issues,” Ramirez says. “We also hear from technologists, but not as much as we'd like—we need more of them to we... Read More

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Krebs: Who Hacked Ashley Madison?

(Aug 28, 2015) In his KrebsonSecurity blog, Brian Krebs aims to answer the question: Who hacked Ashley Madison? Krebs has been looking closely at one Twitter user, Thadeus Zu, who goes by the Twitter handle @deuszu and on July 20 posted a link to the same cache of proprietary source code data the Ashley Madison hackers had shared with Krebs. “It is possible that Zu is instead a white hat security researcher or confidential informant who has infiltrated the Impact Team and is merely riding on their coattails or... Read More

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License Plate Reader Controversy at Forefront After Wednesday’s Killings

(Aug 28, 2015) After Virginia State Police used an automatic license-plate reader (ALPR) to spot Vester Lee Flanagan fleeing the scene after shooting to death two journalists, the debate over ALPRs has come to the forefront, SC Magazine reports. While organizations like the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the American Civil Liberties Union have spoken out against the devices for the privacy implications for ordinary citizens, police departments say they’re a critical tool in controlling crime. Jennifer Lynch, senior staff attorney at the EFF said while ALPRs may be useful “in an extreme scenario like this one, that shouldn’t mean the police can indiscriminately keep data for an extended period of time on all other cars in the area.” Read More

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Study: The Access of the Few Creates Risk for the Many

(Aug 28, 2015) According to a new study by CloudLock, system administrators and those with heightened privileges at an organization that employs a cloud service are responsible for 75 percent of the risk, with hackers focusing in on those particular users for easy data access, The Washington Post reports. “Cyber attacks today target your users—not your infrastructure,” said CloudLock CEO Gil Zimmermann. “As technology leaders wake up to this new reality, security programs are being reengineered to focus where true risk lies: with the user,” adding that “the best defense is to know what typical user behavior looks like—and, more importantly, what it doesn’t.” Read More

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NSA and BfV Surveillance Exchange Revealed

(Aug 28, 2015) The National Security Agency (NSA) and its German equivalent, the Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV), traded access to the U.S. Internet surveillance program XKeyscore for targeted surveillance information on German citizens, The National Journal reports. While former German Data Protection Commissioner Peter Schaar claimed that he “knew nothing about such an exchange deal," an official memo obtained by Die Ziet—the outlet that broke the story—indicates that Germany pledged to "(u)tilize XKeyscore in a manner consistent with German law and in a manner reasonably likely not to result in the targeting of U.S. persons," the report continues. Read More

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FERPA Updates: It’s a No From the Internet Association

(Aug 28, 2015) The Internet Association takes umbrage with proposed revisions to the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) via the Student Privacy Protections Act, arguing that the requirements are “too broad,” The Hill reports. “As currently drafted, the data security and privacy provisions of the bill impose vague security requirements, including notice requirements triggered by a ‘breach of the security practices,’ which theoretically could include common employee errors such as failing to properly sign-in a visitor or failing to logout of a computer when going to get coffee for five minutes,” the organization said in a letter to the of the House Education and Workforce Committee. Read More

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Study Finds Zombie Cookie Use To Be an Undead Practice

(Aug 28, 2015) In a recent study, consumer advocacy organization Access discovered via its site AmiBeingTracked.com that, after use was thought to have died down, 15 percent of wireless users are still falling prey to “zombie cookies” that permit carriers like Verizon and AT&T to “to ignore a user's privacy preferences on the browser level and track all online behavior,” Wireless reports. “Using tracking headers also raises concerns related to data retention,” the study states. “When ‘honey pots’ of sensit... Read More

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Delaware Reader Privacy Law Takes Effect January 1

(Aug 28, 2015) On January 1, 2016, a new law will go into effect in Delaware that requires all book service providers with online sales exceeding two percent of their gross sales to protect the privacy of customer information, reports the American Booksellers Association. The Delaware Online Privacy and Protection Act will not affect most independent booksellers because it applies only to companies that sell a lot of books online, the report states. And unlike reader privacy laws in California and New Jersey, it does not affect brick-and-mortar stores. The Delaware law does not impose penalties but does allow that a company could be the target of a civil suit for breach of privacy. Read More

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