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  • California’s New Data Privacy Law Came To Be In About A Week. Here’s What You Need To Know.

    Date published: 
    August 2, 2018

    "Privacy advocates are excited about the bill’s expansiveness. Aleecia McDonald, an assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon University’s Information Networking Institute based in Silicon Valley, says consumers are beginning to understand “there’s a whole lot of data that is being collected about them that they have no idea about.” But critics contend that it’s the scope of the law that makes it problematic."

  • No, tech giants are not censoring Alex Jones

    Date published: 
    July 31, 2018

    "Annemarie Bridy, an affiliate scholar at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford University echoed that, telling the Daily Dot that “the First Amendment limits only the government’s ability to restrict freedom of speech. It doesn’t limit what corporations that own social media platforms can do.”

    Bridy also brings up a second important point: that social media users agree to abide by the terms of service of the site they’re posting on.

  • Cop cameras can track you in real-time and there’s no stopping them

    Date published: 
    July 31, 2018

    "Axon’s widespread reach in police tech means that if the company decides to implement face recognition, it could have sweeping, rapid effects. “If and when they want to do it, that could happen quite fast,” cautions Harlan Yu, executive director of Upturn. “It would really be a software update away to add that capability.”"

  • State, Local Governments Taking Steps To Improve Election Security

    Date published: 
    July 27, 2018

    "Scott Shackelford is chair of Indiana University’s Cybersecurity Program. He says the conversation about election security has to go beyond equipment.

    “If you really wanted to attack Indiana’s voting integrity, you wouldn’t have to just go after the voting machines,” he says. “You could go after the websites where people go to figure out where polling places are, you could snarl traffic, you could shut down the power grid in worst case scenario.”"

  • What is Amazon's responsibility over its facial recognition tech?

    Date published: 
    July 26, 2018

    "Perhaps, or perhaps not, said Woodrow Hartzog, who teaches law and computer science at Northeastern University. "The idea that this is simply neutral technology that can be used for good or evil and Amazon shouldn't be responsible, I think is purely wrong," he said.

    "It's not unreasonable to say if you build a product that is capable of harm than you should be responsible for the design choices you make for enabling the harm," he said, "and when you release it out into the world, you're doing so in a safe and sustainable way.""

  • Data Shows Broad Parts Of Miami Don't Have Parking Payment Options, Can Only Pay With PayByPhone App

    Date published: 
    July 25, 2018

    "“It’s not just about the one time you park, it’s about every time you park,” said Jen King, the Director of Consumer Privacy at Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society. “It enables the abilities for the company -- and potentially law enforcement if they request it through the company -- to build a dossier on every place that you park. Some people won’t care about that. Other people will find that extremely sensitive.”

  • The Cybersecurity 202: Justice Department to mount another encryption push despite setbacks

    Date published: 
    July 24, 2018

    "The encryption push may be harder now that the public knows about law enforcement's errors. “DOJ has had years to 'collect accurate metrics' on encryption's impact on investigations on prosecutions, but the only number it has ever provided to the public is the one the DOJ had to admit was inaccurate,” said Riana Pfefferkorn, cryptography fellow at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society. “If they're serious about this, they should release those metrics once they have them, plus info about how they arrived at those numbers.”"

  • Uber fills 'critical' role of chief privacy officer

    Date published: 
    July 18, 2018

    "But Albert Gidari, consulting director of privacy at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society, said it's not unusual to see a tech company without a CPO.

    "While there have been some very public mistakes, like many tech companies, [Uber] seems to have learned, albeit the hard way, to invest in a serious privacy and security infrastructure," Gidari said. "It is important for the CPO to be in the "C" suite, and Uber has made a serious hire with Ruby Zefo and Simon Hania.""

  • Lawmakers Don't Grasp the Sacred Tech Law They Want to Gut

    Date published: 
    July 17, 2018

    "Nowhere in the statute does it say that tech companies are prohibited from making editorial decisions if they want Section 230 protections. Quite the opposite. "It urges companies to filter and to block offensive content," says Danielle Citron, a law professor at the University of Maryland and author of the book Hate Crimes in Cyberspace. "Congress wanted to let companies filter dirty words and shield kids, without being held responsible for doing it incompletely. The idea that 230 requires neutrality is to fundamentally misunderstand it.""

  • Bots of the Internet, Reveal Yourselves!

    Date published: 
    July 16, 2018

    "Mr. Calo cited as an example a driverless car law passed by Nevada in 2012, which met with protest from luxury carmakers. They were miffed that the technologies in their cars fell under the loosely drawn definition of autonomous vehicles. The bill was revised and passed the following year.

    “Embarrassingly it was the first definition of artificial intelligence I’ve ever seen in a state statute, and they had to strike it out and rewrite it,” Mr. Calo said."

  • How AT&T’s plan to become the new Facebook could be a privacy nightmare

    Date published: 
    July 16, 2018

    "“It’s tens of billions of dollars on the table, at a minimum. So of course they want to be in this market,” says Jonathan Mayer, an assistant professor at Princeton University who studies the intersection of technology and law. “It’s plausible because they have untapped data,” he adds. “They have info about what their customers do when they use home internet connections.

  • How Wireless Carriers Get Permission to Share Your Whereabouts

    Date published: 
    July 15, 2018

    "“That was a green light for telecommunications carriers to monetize customer location data,” said Stanford University law professor Al Gidari, who helped draft the location-data guidelines that wireless industry group CTIA used to self-regulate. He said the FCC has been “woefully inadequate” at policing the carriers’ use of location information."

  • US: Government Has Planted Spy Phones With Suspects

    Date published: 
    July 13, 2018

    "Even if authorized by a warrant, the dissemination of vulnerable devices could create a risk of significant harm. Riana Pfefferkorn, a cryptography fellow at Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society, told Human Rights Watch it would be “frightening to use a wiretap order to authorize seeding compromised devices among people.” She suggested that anyone who might accept such a tactic when the targets are suspected drug traffickers should consider a hypothetical scenario in which agents secretly gave such non-secure devices to “journalists or activists.”"

  • 'Data is a fingerprint': why you aren't as anonymous as you think online

    Date published: 
    July 13, 2018

    "“Once our data gets out there, it tends to be stored forever,” said Arvind Narayanan, a Princeton computer science professor. “There are firms that specialise in combining data about us from different sources to create virtual dossiers and applying data mining to influence us in various ways.”"

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