Jan 302015
 

From the FTC: The operator of an alleged “revenge porn” website is banned from publicly sharing any more nude videos or photographs of people without their affirmative express consent, under a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission. In addition, he will have to destroy the intimate images and personal contact information he collected while operating the site. […]

Jan 302015
 

From the Information Commissioner’s Office, this press release announcing that Google has signed an undertaking to improve its privacy policy to clarify how it collects and uses personal data in the UK. The undertaking arises from Google’s consolidation of its privacy policies in 2012:  The ICO has required Google to sign a formal undertaking to […]

Jan 292015
 

Benjamin Herold reports: New federal student-data-privacy legislation being crafted by the White House would prohibit education technology vendors from selling student information and directing targeted advertisements at students, but the legislation remains silent on other controversial industry practices, according to documents obtained by Education Week. Since President Barack Obama announced earlier this month that he would seek […]

Jan 292015
 

Joshua A. Krisch reports: Scientists found that four pieces of personal data—seemingly innocent things, like where you ate lunch last week or how much you paid for your new hat—is all it takes to steal your identity. Although we often think of identity theft as a hacker’s game, a new study shows that even public datasets used by […]

Jan 292015
 

Neil Ford writes: The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe’s Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights has released a report criticising of state surveillance and the collection of personal data by corporate interests. In its newly released mass surveillance report, the Committee says that the Assembly is “deeply worried about threats to internet security […]

Jan 282015
 

British Columbia’s Privacy Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, has released a report on privacy breach management in government ministries. The report, An Examination of BC Government’s Privacy Breach Management, examines the degree to which government is fulfilling its duty to respond to, and properly manage, its privacy breaches. From the executive summary of the report: The examination revealed that […]

Jan 282015
 

Sara Guaglione writes: Last week, Google was noticeably absent from a list of 75 companies, including Apple and Microsoft, from a student privacy pledge endorsed by President Obama. But it seems Google experienced a change of heart and has now signed up. Google, along with a new batch of education-technology companies, has officially signed the pledge, according […]