(Mar 1, 2017) It’s common for professions to have codes of ethics. Particularly learned professions or those where high expertise is required. Think doctors, lawyers, engineers. But one specialized field noticeably does not have a code of ethics: The privacy profession. There’ve been clamors here and there for a professionalized code, and the "Pokemon Go" phenomenon renewed some of those calls recently. But it’s never gotten up off the ground. Part of the reason for that, insiders say, is the field’s diversit... Read More

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Carnegie Mellon seeks orgs to sponsor privacy engineering projects

(Mar 1, 2017) As part of its privacy engineering masters program, Carnegie Mellon University is seeking organizations that want to sponsor 9-week engineering projects with CMU students, starting in either June or September. A team of two-to-five privacy engineering masters students, complete with technical backgrounds, will be assigned to each project, together with a faculty mentor to supervise their work. Organizations are asked to provide a one-page project description, a contact person who will commit to ... Read More

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Judge allows facial recognition suit against Google to proceed

(Mar 1, 2017) U.S. District Judge Edmond Chang has allowed a class-action lawsuit against Google for allegedly collecting and storing users' biometric data without their consent to move forward, Bloomberg Law reports. Google contended that it gleaned the facial data in question from photographs, not in-person scans, thus absolving them from breaching the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, the report states. Chang disagreed. “A photograph is just that — a photograph, not a scan of face geometry, which is a set of biology-based measurements,” he wrote in his decision. “If Google simply captured and stored the photographs and did not measure and generate scans of face geometry, then there would be no violation of the act." Read More

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ACLU to write 'every federal agency' about immigration privacy concerns

(Mar 1, 2017) The American Civil Liberties Union is concerned that President Donald Trump's Jan. 25 executive order contains language that would allow the government to access and release information about non-U.S. citizens, according to an ACLU blog post. As such, the agency said it would write "to every federal agency calling on them to halt any plans they have to implement the order," and has already addressed European Union officials in tandem with Human Rights Watch, the blog post states. The ACLU's conc... Read More

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Groups call on data brokers to avoid building 'Muslim registry'

(Mar 1, 2017) The Center for Democracy & Technology, along with 16 other groups, have written a letter to nearly 50 U.S. data brokers urging them to unite against any attempt at building a Muslim registry should President Donald Trump move forward with one. The groups urge the data brokers "to disclose whether they have refused requests to share data with the government, what steps they take to make sure their activities do not lead to human rights abuses," and to take a pledge stating it will not comply with any such project. "These policies could be a disaster for human rights," the groups write, "and data brokers and data analytics companies must not be complicit."  Read More

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Survey: Companies losing confidence in their digital intelligence

(Mar 1, 2017) A new survey from PwC reveals that companies are losing confidence in their "digital IQ," or the "ability to utilize technology," The Hill reports. A little more than half the 2,000 global business and technology leaders said their organization harnesses and profits from technology, but that is down from 67 percent last year and 66 percent in 2015. "Respondents say skills in their organization lag across a range of highly important areas, including cybersecurity and privacy, business development of new technologies, and, yes, user experience and human-centered design," the 2017 Global Digital IQ Survey stated. Read More

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Employee breaches staff PII after emailing spreadsheet to spouse

(Mar 1, 2017) Puget Sound Business Journal reports Boeing launched an internal investigation after it was discovered an employee emailed a spreadsheet to his spouse containing the sensitive information of 36,000 staff members. The employee emailed the spreadsheet to his spouse to remedy formatting issues. The document contained information such as workers’ names, places of birth, employee ID data, and in hidden columns, employees' dates of birth and Social Security numbers. Boeing officials examined the employee’s computer and his spouse’s device to confirm all copies of the spreadsheet were destroyed. The information was never shared with any other outside parties, and Boeing is now requiring employees to undergo training "on the proper handling of personal information." Read More

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Arby's facing class-action lawsuits following 'massive' data breach

(Mar 1, 2017) Several class-action lawsuits have been filed against Arby’s after the fast food chain suffered a "massive' data breach allegedly placing customers' financial security at risk, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Arby’s revealed a breach occurred when hackers used malware to infect its more than 1,000 corporate locations across the U.S. between Oct. 25 and Jan. 19. “The Arby’s Data Breach was the inevitable result of Arby’s inadequate data security measures,” states a suit filed by First C... Read More

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Senators pushing against FCC broadband privacy rules delay

(Mar 1, 2017) Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., continued his push to ensure the Federal Communications Commission’s broadband privacy rules are not delayed after sending a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai asking him to move forward with the legislation, Multichannel News reports. The letter was cosigned by Sens. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Al Franken, D-Minn. The letter states Pai’s attempt to delay the implementation of the rules "comes despite the mounting number of data breaches impa... Read More

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Australian intel given permission to seek journalists' metadata

(Mar 1, 2017) The Australian Security Intelligence Agency has been granted access to some journalists’ metadata, the Guardian reports. While law enforcement agencies must obtain a warrant from a judge if they wish to obtain journalists’ metadata, Australian Attorney General George Brandis has given Asio permission to approach him directly in order to get the warrant. The amount of warrants handed to Asio is expected to be limited. “I can answer that very promptly. The number is small,” said Asio Director-Gene... Read More

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