Summary: Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone. Read the article by Jeff John Roberts on GigaOm.
Elizabeth Warmerdam has an update on one of the yuckiest workplace privacy cases I’ve ever covered on this blog. Accused of checking the underwear of female employees for period blood, a cosmetics company cannot demand coverage from its insurer, a California Court of Appeals ruled. [...] Jon Davler tendered the action to its insurer, but [...]
A somewhat stunning headline to start my day. Craig Timberg reports: Apple said Wednesday night that it is making it impossible for the company to turn over data from most iPhones or iPads to police — even when they have a search warrant — taking a hard new line as tech companies attempt to blunt [...]
Monika Kuschewsky and Katherine Gasztonyi write: In May 2014, the Global Privacy Enforcement Network (“GPEN”) performed its second Global Privacy Sweep, in which 26 privacy enforcement authorities from 19 countries downloaded 1,211 mobile apps and assessed their privacy practices. On September 10, 2014, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (“OPC”) published the results of the Sweep [...]
Nathan Freed Wessler writes: New documents obtained by the ACLU of Northern California appear to show the Florida-based Harris Corporation misleading the Federal Communications Commission while seeking authorization to sell its line of Stingray cell phone surveillance gear to state and local police. The documents raise the possibility that federal regulatory approval of the technology [...]
TJ McIntyre writes: The appointment of Helen Dixon as the new Data Protection Commissioner has attracted worldwide attention, due to the number of US multi-nationals which have set up headquarters in Ireland. It was one of two recent developments which have major significance for privacy in Ireland and elsewhere in the years ahead. Ms Dixon’s [...]
Summary: Yahoo is claiming that it wants to stand up for the rights of dead users, and resist new state laws that make it easier for heirs to access online accounts. Its privacy argument appears disingenuous. Read the article by Jeff John Roberts on GigaOm.