Feb 142016

File this under “small breach, big potential harm.” Rebekah Cavanagh reports:

A principal has been investigated for disclosing confidential information about a student to her father, who was banned from going within 2km of her, and for accepting a ­donation from the man.

The headmaster confirmed to the father that his daughter was a student, and supplied her school reports after receiving a $1500 cheque from the man.

Read more on Herald Sun.

Feb 142016
 February 14, 2016  Business, Court, Surveillance No Responses »

Wendy Davis reports:

Adware company Superfish has agreed to pay $1 million to settle a class-action privacy lawsuit on behalf of consumers who purchased Lenovo notebooks in late 2014 and early 2015, according to court papers filed on Thursday.

Lenovo, which allegedly bundled Superfish’s “VisualDiscovery” ad-serving software with notebooks, is still fighting the lawsuit. Superfish closed last year, but reportedly re-launched as the company Just Visual.

Read more on MediaPost.

Feb 142016
 February 14, 2016  Breaches, Court, Online, Surveillance No Responses »

Jessica Masulli Reyes and Saranac Hale Spencer report on a case that is so extreme and unusual that it’s hard to know what to make of the sentencing:

Lenore Matusiewicz continued to spew hatred for her deceased ex-daughter-in-law even as a federal judge sentenced the ailing 70-year-old woman while standing at her bedside in a Philadelphia hospital on Friday.

At a highly unusual last-minute, emergency hearing on Friday afternoon, the judge sentenced Matusiewicz to life in prison – making her the first person in the United States to be convicted and sentenced for cyberstalking resulting in death.

Read more on DelawareOnline.com