University to stock student rooms with Amazon Echo Dots

(Aug 17, 2018) Saint Louis University announced it will put 2,300 Amazon Echo Dots in dorm rooms by the start of the next school year, CNET reports. The devices will be programmed to answer campus-related questions, like “What time does the library open today?” Amazon Web Services Director of Education Andrew Ko said, “Amazon Web Services is proud to work with SLU to provide students with quick access to important information, making them feel more comfortable and confident around campus and in the classroom.”... Read More

Bergman: If privacy principles are from Venus, then engineering rules are from Mars

(Aug 16, 2018) Working with engineering teams is often necessary when operationalizing compliance efforts or bringing new products or services to market. "Privacy and engineering teams ultimately share one common goal: to create great customer and user experiences," Adobe Systems Vice President and Chief Privacy Officer Alisa Bergman writes. However, getting there, she notes, "can feel like the other team comes from a different planet. To engineers, privacy principles advanced by privacy professionals may appe... Read More

If privacy principles are from Venus, then engineering rules are from Mars

(Aug 16, 2018) Whether you’re a privacy professional or a software engineer, you likely have many stories about the opportunities, challenges and spirited debates within your organization, particularly in the recent run-up to EU General Data Protection Regulation. Privacy and engineering teams ultimately share a common goal: to create great customer and user experiences. Getting there, however, can feel like the other team comes from a different planet. To engineers, privacy principles advanced by privacy prof... Read More

Default location tracking in connected cars raises concern

(Aug 16, 2018) Motherboard reports on growing privacy concerns surrounding the use of location tracking in internet-connected cars. As more cars are equipped with GPS tracking as an automatic feature, some have raised the issue that abusers are able to leverage the technology for misuse. While a Ford spokesperson explained a car owner can erase location history by implementing a “master reset” to restore factory settings, others argue that is not enough. Cindy Southworth, executive vice president of the Nation... Read More

Researchers find way to hack Echo devices

(Aug 15, 2018) After months of crafting their technique, a group of Chinese hackers has developed a method to hijack the Echo, Amazon’s voice assistant device, Wired reports. Researchers presented their findings at the Def Con hacking conference. While the process for remote eavesdropping was difficult, it provides a demonstration that the devices might be accessed for surveillance purposes. A spokesperson for Amazon said, "customers do not need to take any action as their devices have been automatically updat... Read More

What does Brett Kavanaugh’s SCOTUS nomination mean for privacy?

(Aug 14, 2018) When Justice Anthony Kennedy made the surprising announcement that he would be stepping down from the Supreme Court, the D.C.-centric pastime of court-watching went into overdrive, as politicians, pundits, and interested Americans recognized almost immediately that Kennedy’s retirement created the opportunity for President Donald Trump to have an extraordinary impact on the shape of the Supreme Court through appointment of a second justice during the president’s first term.  In recent days, the... Read More

AP investigates Google location tracking

(Aug 13, 2018) The Associated Press reports on its investigation into Google's location history practices on mobile phones. The investigation found that "many Google services on Android devices and iPhones store your location data even if you’ve used a privacy setting that says it will prevent Google from doing so." Researchers at Princeton confirmed the AP's findings, the report states, adding that some Google apps "store time-stamped location data without asking," including in cases where the Location Histor... Read More

Privacy makes its mark at Black Hat 2018

(Aug 10, 2018) Black Hat USA 2018 took place this week as a record crowd flocked to Las Vegas to learn more about the latest security research and technology. While security may be the name of the game at Black Hat, it was clear from the opening speech that privacy was going to have a presence at this year's event. IAPP Associate Editor Ryan Chiavetta, CIPP/US, recaps some notable privacy news from the conference, such as Black Hat Founder Jeff Ross calling out the EU General Data Protection Regulation and the... Read More

Privacy's presence felt at Black Hat USA 2018

(Aug 10, 2018) The 21st annual Black Hat USA Conference took place this week as security professionals from all over the world gathered in Las Vegas to take in the latest security research, trends and technologies. This year's event was expected to have the highest turnout in the conference's history, with 17,000 to 20,000 individuals in attendance. Security is obviously the name of the game at Black Hat 2018, but right from the opening speech, it was clear privacy was going to have a presence at the yearly e... Read More

Smartphone users in India discover UIDAI number in contact list

(Aug 9, 2018) After smartphone users in India discovered a toll-free number for the Unique Identification Authority of India in their contact lists, Google provided a statement in the Economic Times saying that it had included the number as part of a SetUp wizard of the Android release given to OEMs for use in India, The Verge reports. A spokesperson for Google said, “We are sorry for any concern that this might have caused, and would like to assure everyone that this is not a situation of an unauthorized acc... Read More