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  • Having more control over your data doesn't mean it's safe

    Date published: 
    July 5, 2018

    "Working out those details is important, because many companies that collect personal data continue making "fundamental mistakes" in how they protect it, said Richard Forno, assistant director of the UMBC Center for Cybersecurity.

    "In 2018, we should not be seeing these types of incidents and breaches," he said.

  • Smart TVs are spying on you through your phone

    Date published: 
    July 5, 2018

    ""It looks like it will put some restrictions on the sale of personal information, but there doesn't seem to be anything there limiting the collection of any kind," said Jennifer King, director of consumer privacy at the Center for Internet and Society at the Stanford Law School. "In some ways, we're still in the status quo with a little more power that our data not be sold.""

  • Outsmarted by a Smart TV? Not This Reporter.

    Date published: 
    July 5, 2018

    "The experience illustrated how difficult it is to discover how companies may be tracking people on their televisions, which many advertisers see as the final frontier of consumer data. “When you’re thinking about buying a TV, you’re thinking about the resolution, the color depth, you think about the price,” said Jonathan Mayer, an assistant professor of computer science and public affairs at Princeton University and a former technology adviser at the Federal Communications Commission.

  • Facebook, Cambridge probe widens

    Date published: 
    July 3, 2018

    "Aleecia McDonald, an assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon University, said in an interview that it’s “a typical path for California to pass privacy laws that are passed by other states.” “It’s a great place to experiment,” she added."

  • Is Facebook a publisher? In public it says no, but in court it says yes

    Date published: 
    July 3, 2018

    "Daphne Keller, of the Stanford Center for Internet and Society, said Section 230 was designed to allow platforms like Facebook to do some moderation and make editorial decisions without generally being liable for users’ posts: “They need to be able to make discretionary choices about content.”

    The law seemed to be on Facebook’s side, she said, but added that it was an unusual case given the focus on app data access while previous cases have centered on more straightforward censorship claims."

  • Lyft to acquire Ford GoBike, follows Uber’s footsteps

    Date published: 
    July 2, 2018

    "Lyft’s acquisition of Motivate is merely one more step in the ride-hailing industry’s march toward increased dominance in the shared-vehicle market, whether that’s bikes or cars, said Bryant Walker Smith, an affiliate scholar at Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society. In part, that’s a response to the changing nature of city living and the increasing desire from customers to have more choice and flexibility in the way they move around, he said.

  • Foreign spying comes under new scrutiny from lawmakers

    Date published: 
    July 1, 2018

    "“The federal government is the largest consumer of commercial wireless services and is susceptible to the same cybersecurity risks in our communications infrastructure,” Jonathan Mayer, a computer science professor at Princeton University, told the panel.

    “A foreign intelligence service could easily use cell-site simulators to collect highly confidential information about government operations, deliberations and personnel movements,” Mayer added."

  • Instagram Account That Sought Harassment Tales May Be Unmasked

    Date published: 
    July 1, 2018

    "The Diet Madison Avenue suit, filed in Los Angeles, named the account and a string of Jane and John Does, representing dozens of people it believed were associated with the account. Their identities could be revealed if Instagram is subpoenaed and ordered to turn over subscriber information. The court could grant the subpoena depending on how it interprets Mr. Watson’s defamation claim, said Danielle Citron, a law professor at the University of Maryland and the author of the book “Hate Crimes in Cyberspace.”

  • California Lawmakers Pass Sweeping Online Privacy Legislation

    Date published: 
    June 29, 2018

    "“Something of this magnitude getting passed through unanimously in both chambers is really astounding,” said Omer Tene, chief knowledge officer of the International Association of Privacy Professionals, in an interview with Adweek.

  • The Cybersecurity 202: Cellphone spying has lawmakers worried. But they don't know how to stop it.

    Date published: 
    June 28, 2018

    "“I’m not aware of any instance where a law enforcement agency has successfully tracked down one of these devices,” Jonathan Mayer, a chief technologist at the Federal Communications Commission’s Enforcement Bureau, told the subcommittee. Nor has the Justice Department prosecuted anyone for operating a cell site simulator, he added. 

    The challenge, Mayer said, was that there was no “telltale sign of cell site simulation . . . there are only indicia that give rise to suspicion.”"

  • How NXIVM Used the Strange Power of Patents to Build Its “Sex Cult”

    Date published: 
    June 27, 2018

    "But even when the U.S.P.T.O. granted patents to Raniere for his inventions (which they did for over 20), it shouldn’t necessarily be considered proof of brilliance, according to Daniel Nazer, attorney and Mark Cuban Chair to Eliminate Stupid Patents at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Nazer said, “If your whole shtick is going around and convincing people that you’re this genius, then the patent system is a way to buttress that.

  • YouTube keeps deleting evidence of Syrian chemical weapon attacks

    Date published: 
    June 26, 2018

    "However, a video for example showing Isis recruitment can violate the law in one context, but also be legal and important for purposes such as documenting crimes for future prosecution, says Daphne Keller, intermediary liability director at Stanford's Centre for Internet and Society.

    “The more we push companies to carry out fast, sloppy content removals, the more mistakes we will see,” Keller says. She thinks lawmakers should “slow down, talk to experts including both security researchers and members of the affected communities, and build on that foundation”."

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