Aug 292014
 

I noted this breach on DataBreaches.net the other day, but this article in The Guardian is more privacy-oriented, so I’m posting this one here. Paul Farrell reports: Civil rights groups, legal bodies and information security experts have expressed renewed concern about the government’s push to store greater amounts of phone and web users’ personal information [...]

Aug 282014
 

Robert H. Newman and Joanna F. Cornwell write: Argentina recently finalized a federal Do Not Call Registry statute,  Law No. 26951  (available in Spanish), under which the national data protection authority (the National Directorate of Personal Data Protection) has until early November to put out implementing regulations. Individuals can register home phone numbers as well [...]

Aug 282014
 

Saranac Hale Spencer reports: The Third Circuit has reversed a district court on an issue that “implicates a core concern animating” the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. Convergent Outsourcing, a debt collection company, violated the FDCPA by including a consumer’s account number in the address window visible through the front of an envelope, the U.S. [...]

Aug 282014
 

Christopher Simmons reports that Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s bill, AB 1442, passed its final legislative hurdle yesterday, clearing the Assembly floor by a vote of 76-0. AB 1442 would create reasonable standards of privacy when school districts collect and analyze (or contract with a third-party entity to collect and analyze) data that students post to social-media websites. [...]

Aug 282014
 

Wow. Lisa Roberson reports: A district judge has ordered the Ohio Department of Education to release student data to a nonprofit organization that is fighting a decades-old class-action lawsuit in federal court. Parents may object to the release of their student’s information by Sept. 12. Columbus-based Disability Rights Ohio, which advocates for people with disabilities, [...]

Aug 282014
 

From KXLH: Judge Kathy Seeley heard arguments Wednesday on whether or not records related to sexual assault at the University of Montana are covered under the Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. Nationally known investigative reporter, Jon Kakauer, is working on a book about sexual assault at the University of Montana, and the university’s [...]