Jul 202014
 

Cyrus Farivar writes: In May 2014, I reported on my efforts to learn what the feds know about me whenever I enter and exit the country. In particular, I wanted my Passenger Name Records (PNR), data created by airlines, hotels, and cruise ships whenever travel is booked. But instead of providing what I had requested, the United States Customs [...]

Jul 182014
 

Kashmir Hill reports: NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden continues to shock with disclosures about government surveillance a full year after he first went public. Previous reports based on documents leaked by Snowden have said that sexy images get captured during the course of mass surveillance. In a video interview with the Guardian published Thursday, Snowden said it was not unusual [...]

Jul 182014
 

Hogan Lovells today published Pan-American Governmental Access to Data in the Cloud, the fifth installment in a series of White Papers examining government access to data held by Cloud service providers. Examining the right of governments in the United States and Latin America to access data in the Cloud, the White Paper concludes that the physical location [...]

Jul 172014
 

Lindsey Tonsager writes: The FTC staff has posted revisions to three Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQs”) related to obtaining verifiable parental consent under its COPPA Rule. For a comparison of the old and new FAQs, click here. Although the changes (which include a new FAQ H.16) may appear substantial, they mostly reaffirm the FTC’s longstanding position that the agency’s list [...]

Jul 162014
 

Ken Berry writes: As part of its ongoing efforts to deter identity theft, the Internal Revenue Service has issued final regulations on use of truncated Taxpayer Identification Numbers (TINs). The new regulations, which apply to those who furnish and receive payee statements and tax-related documents, generally follow proposed regulations issued last year, albeit with some modifications. Based [...]

Jul 162014
 

Joe Cadillic excerpts reports by Government Technology and MtAiryNews: The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) is using data analysis to identify children and families most at risk, and thus inform how time and money is allocated. When the DCF started this project two years ago, the goal was to see fewer dead children [...]

Jul 162014
 

Cat Zakrzewski reports: A coalition of 30 companies and privacy groups, including Reddit and search engine DuckDuckGo, on Tuesday demanded that  President Barack Obama promise to reject a controversial cybersecurity bill. The bill has come under fire for its loose limits on sharing information about cyber threats without properly filtering personal information from it among government agencies, including the National [...]