Sep 192014
 

Orin Kerr raises some concerns about Apple’s iOS 8 and their claims that they will no longer be able to turn over information – even with a warrant: If I understand how it works, the only time the new design matters is when the government has a search warrant, signed by a judge, based on a [...]

Sep 192014
 

Cyrus Farivar reports: While Apple won’t confirm it, the company has removed its warrant canary from its latest transparency report, issued this week. While this could mean that the company has received a new secret government order to provide user data, there is still another more likely possibility: it’s not publishing warrant canaries at all. [...] The newest [...]

Sep 192014
 

GAO released two reports this week on the Secure Flight program and what TSA could/should do to strengthen privacy protections. The recommendations included  providing job-specific privacy refresher training for Secure Flight staff, and developing a mechanism to document and track key Secure Flight privacy issues and decisions. DHS reportedly concurred with GAO’s recommendations. SECURE FLIGHT: Additional Actions [...]

Sep 172014
 

Chris Crum reports: Yelp reached a settlement with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission over the violation of child privacy law. The company had enabled kids under 13 (some even 9 and under reportedly) to sign up for its service, collecting their email addresses with parental consent. This apparently went on from 2009 to 2013. Yelp [...]

Sep 172014
 

Kelly Riddell reports: The Obama administration quietly has been forcing new gun buyers to declare their race and ethnicity, a policy change that critics say provides little law enforcement value while creating the risk of privacy intrusions and racial profiling. With little fanfare, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in 2012 amended its Form [...]