Aug 302014
 

Graham Cluley writes: Talk about a flip-flop. A bizarre article was published by Russian security company Kaspersky on Wednesday. But you won’t be able to find it on their website now. Entitled “Why we should not be afraid of being watched while online”, the article was posted on the Kaspersky Academy website – a project run by [...]

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
 

Joe Rodriguez reports: After success passing a law that bars private employers from demanding social media passwords from employees and job applicants, San Jose Assemblywoman Nora Campos has suspended efforts to extend those protections to government workers. “We have decided to the park the bill for the year,” Campos spokesman Steve Harmon said this week. [...]

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
 

Andrew Hoffman writes: A recent Ninth Circuit decision highlights the importance of obtaining affirmative user assent to online Terms of Use. In Nguyen v. Barnes & Noble Inc., 2014 WL 4056549 (Aug. 18, 2014), the Ninth Circuit concluded that a conspicuous link to the site’s Terms of Use posted throughout the site and in close proximity [...]

Aug 272014
 

From the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of New Zealand, a program for children (and their teachers): Keeping children safe on the internet is a difficult task in today’s rapidly evolving technological world. To make it easier, the Privacy Commissioner in conjunction with Netsafe and supported by the NZ National Commission for UNESCO, has developed [...]

Aug 272014
 

Ben Grubb reports: It’s the secret industry consultation paper the federal government didn’t want you to see. Produced by the Attorney-General’s Department and distributed to telecommunications industry members on Friday, the nine-page document attempts to clarify what customer internet and phone records the government wants companies such as Telstra, Optus and iiNet to store for the purpose of law enforcement [...]