Jul 222014
 

Brendan Sasso reports: The White House may have misled people who visited its website about how it tracked their online behavior. In a forthcoming paper, a group of researchers write that thousands of top websites, including WhiteHouse.gov, have been using a new, persistent type of online tracking. Justin Brookman, the director of consumer privacy at the Center for [...]

Jul 222014
 

Richard Adhikari reports: Concerns about overly broad searches of digital data by law enforcement once again have emerged after a federal judge on Friday issued an opinion stating officials armed with a warrant can seize and hold a suspect’s entire email account. Such an action would not violate the suspect’s rights under the Fourth Amendment [...]

Jul 222014
 

From EFF: The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has released a beta version of Privacy Badger, a browser extension for Firefox and Chrome that detects and blocks online advertising and other embedded content that tracks you without your permission. Privacy Badger was launched in an alpha version less than three months ago, and already more than [...]

Jul 222014
 

Jeremy Kirk reports: A presentation on a low-budget method to unmask users of a popular online privacy tool, TOR, will no longer go ahead at the Black Hat security conference early next month. The talk was nixed by the legal counsel with Carnegie Mellon’s Software Engineering Institute after a finding that materials from researcher Alexander [...]

Jul 212014
 

Meet the Online Tracking Device That is Virtually Impossible to Block by Julia Angwin ProPublica, July 21, 2014, 9 a.m. This story was co-published with Mashable. A new, extremely persistent type of online tracking is shadowing visitors to thousands of top websites, from WhiteHouse.gov to YouPorn.com. First documented in a forthcoming paper by researchers at [...]

Jul 212014
 

Elaine Edwards reports: Potentially sensitive personal details of every citizen born or who married in the State, including information often used for security questions for banking, were openly available on a government website until last Friday. The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has removed the database of civil registration records from the website irishgenealogy.ie following the [...]