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April 28th, 2013 at 17:45 UTC by Ross Anderson On Friday I went to a fascinating lobbying meeting on the new EU data protection regulation . Europe is by default the world’s privacy regulator, as America doesn’t care and no-one else is big enough to matter; so this is really important. Some 3000 amendments have been proposed and the regulation is in the final stages of the committee process; the rapporteurs of the various parties are negotiating compromise amendments which should be ready for a vote within weeks. So the pressure is really on.
All that is needed to match the information data brokers compile with what you buy is your full name — obtained when you swipe a credit card — and a zip code, according to data privacy experts. NEW YORK (CNNMoney) That five-digit zip code is one of the key items data brokers use to link a wealth of public records to what you buy. They can figure out whether you're getting married (or divorced), selling your home, smoke cigarettes, sending a kid off to college or about to have one. Such information is the cornerstone of a multi-billion dollar industry that enables retailers to target consumers with advertising and coupons.
2 hrs ago | Bangor Daily News Google Maps settlement reveals privacy concerns Last month, the attorneys general of 38 states, including Maine, announced a $7 million settlement of charges that Google engaged in unauthorized collection of data from wireless networks. 6 hrs ago | AmericanBankingNews.com
We’re all busy and getting busier, which doesn’t fit well with a list of unread email that refuses to stop growing. Now, a team of researchers has developed a crowd-sourced email valet system — but would you share your inbox to streamline your life? New Scientist reports that academics from Stanford University have developed a new system called GmailValet.
Media and Silicon Valley giants such as Facebook and Disney have fought plans that they say would be difficult to implement and would stifle innovation. The FTC’s chairman and public interest groups have said an explosion of tracking tools and the swift adoption of smartphones and tablets in homes and schools have rendered the 1998 Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act too weak. The revisions, the FTC said, seek to clarify that much of today’s most popular uses of the Web should be more closely guarded when done by children.
The Federal Trade Commission Tuesday demanded nine data brokerage companies turn over details on how they collect and use consumer information as part of an inquiry into the industry's business practices. The companies include Acxiom of Little Rock, Ark.; Corelogic of Irvine, Calif.; Datalogix of Westminster, Colo.; eBureau of St. Cloud, Minn.; ID Analytics of San Diego; Intelius of Bellevue, Wash.; Peekyou of New York; Rapleaf of Chicago; and Recorded Future of Cambridge, Mass. In an announcement , the agency said the focus is on how these companies harvest and distribute data, typically gleaned from public sources and third-party purchases. It also wants to know what provisions are in place to let someone access and correct information or opt out from having their personal information sold.
La protection des informations confiées par les particuliers aux sites Internet est un énorme enjeu de société. En septembre, les autorités françaises se sont émues d'une éventuelle publication de messages privés sur Facebook. La présidente de la Cnil avait reçu les représentants de Facebook France pour leur demander d'améliorer les critères de confidentialité.
Top News Senate Report Finds Fusion Centers "Wasteful," Likely Violate Federal Privacy Laws: A Senate Investigations Committee has released a new report on "State and Local Fusion Centers" , government data warehouses that store an enormous amount of information on Americans. The Senate report found that Fusion Centers, operated by the Department of Homeland Security, "often produced irrelevant, useless or inappropriate intelligence" and stored records on U.S. persons, "possibly in violation of the Privacy Act." In 2007, EPIC's "Spotlight on Surveillance" warned that Fusion Centers would lead to "abuse and misuse." In subsequent FOIA cases , and comments to the DHS , EPIC helped document the many problems with the federal Fusion Center program, including lack of oversight and ineffective privacy safeguards.
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U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime report reveals international protocol for tracking terrorists online.A police officer removes a computer from the the Taiba mosque in Hamburg, Germany, which was banned in 2010 for allegedly serving as a meeting place for Sept. 11 terrorists Photo by Bodo Marks/AFP/Getty Images In the shadowy world of electronic surveillance, tactics used by law enforcement agencies are rarely revealed. But now an international protocol about how to best monitor and track people online has been disclosed for the first time—offering a unique insight into covert police methodology. Buried in a recent 158-page U.N. report on how terrorists use the Internet is the so-called “protocol of a systematic approach.”
Outdated digital privacy regulations are increasingly allowing law enforcement agencies to use Internet companies and popular social networks to do their spying. The Fourth Amendment protects against unreasonable search and seizure of private citizens and their "persons, houses, papers, and effects" - but obviously makes no mention of e-mail in a remote server. In 1986, Congress passed a law regulating how law enforcement can access information stored and communicated electronically. That was years before the Internet became a household term and before e-mail was commonplace.
IDG News Service (San Francisco Bureau) — A U.S. judge has indicated she will accept the terms of a settlement deal between Google and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, in which Google will pay a $22.5 million fine for circumventing privacy protections in Apple's Safari browser. The judge's decision is a setback for Consumer Watchdog, which had been pushing for tougher sanctions, including a higher fine, but the consumer rights group said it had achieved its goal of drawing attention to what it sees as the ineffectiveness of such settlements. "Privacy is important and no one seems to be protecting our privacy -- at least, the FTC isn't," Gary Reback, an attorney working for Consumer Watchdog, told reporters outside the courtroom after the hearing Friday morning. The fine against Google proposed by the FTC seems adequate and the settlement should not require Google to admit any liability for its actions, said Judge Susan Illston at the hearing, which was at the U.S.
By GEOFFREY A. FOWLER And EVAN PEREZ There's one safe assumption on the Internet: Email isn't safe.
Hogan Lovells Senior Policy Advisor Leads Harvard Law Review Privacy Symposium | HL Chronicle of Data ProtectionThis entry was contributed by Hogan Lovells Senior Policy Advisor, Professor Daniel Solove: On Friday, November 9th, the Harvard Law Review held a symposium on privacy and technology . I helped the editors organize the event, and I gave the introduction, which will be published as the introductory essay. I have posted a draft of my symposium essay on SSRN, where it can be downloaded free-of-charge. It will be published in the Harvard Law Review in 2013. My essay is entitled Privacy Self-Management and the Consent Paradox , and I discuss what I call the “privacy self-management model,” which is the current regulatory approach for protecting privacy.
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