Jul 312012
 July 31, 2012  Posted by  Laws

Brendan Sasso and Jennifer Martinez report that Senator Lieberman is becoming pessimistic about the chances of his cybersecurity bill passing:

He said he’s worried the Senate is “headed in the wrong direction,” and urged his colleagues to make the hard decisions necessary to protect national security.


Advocacy groups warn Senate not to water down privacy safeguards: A coalition of privacy and civil-liberties groups — including the Center for Democracy and Technology and the ACLU — came out in opposition to amendments that “would substitute the information sharing provisions of Secure IT or otherwise weaken privacy safeguards” in a letter sent to senators on Tuesday. The groups wrote that they would oppose amendments that would strike the requirement that information companies share about cyber threats be directed towards civilian agencies, among other issues.

Read more on The Hill.

Jul 312012
 July 31, 2012  Posted by  Non-U.S.

BEIRUT: Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun said Tuesday that providing security bodies with all telecoms data across Lebanon amounts to a crime, contending the step violates individual privacy.

“No one has the right to provide all the telecoms data because this contradicts the Constitution, which preserves individual freedoms,” Aoun told reporters after chairing the weekly meeting of his Change and Reform Parliamentary bloc.

Aoun warned that disclosing all telecoms data is dangerous.

They seem to be talking about a lot of data:

Last week, the Telecommunications Ministry began providing security bodies with telecoms data from across the country.

The March 14 coalition argues the move is necessary in order to track those who attempted to assassinate Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea in April and Batroun MP Butros Harb last month.

The data provided includes the International Mobile Subscriber Identity, which holds key information about a mobile phone, including its location, the content of a conversation and SMS message details.

Read more on The Daily Star.

So… can a government require all data on every mobile subscriber of every telecom in the country be turned over to investigate assassination attempts? I can understand the opposition to such a sweeping data collection.

Jul 312012
 July 31, 2012  Posted by  Breaches, Non-U.S.

Macau authority is investigating whether Sands violated personal data laws after the casino operator’s lawyer admitted they transferred the employee records of the former CEO Steve Jacobs to the US for a longstanding court case that promised to leak controversial details continuously.

Yesterday the Portuguese paper Tribuna de Macau reported that Macau’s Office for Personal Data Protection (GPDP) has already started looking into the case to see whether privacy law was breached.

Read more on Macau Daily Times.

Jul 312012
 July 31, 2012  Posted by  Breaches, Business, Online

Alex Howard discusses the recent uproar on Twitter after journalist Guy Adams’ account was suspended for tweeting the email of an NBC executive to whom viewers could complain about NBC’s Olympic coverage. The account has been reinstated, and Twitter broke its usual silence on individual cases to discuss what had happened and why.  But that’s not the end of the conversation. Alex writes:

 I see at least three different important issues here related to electronic privacy, Twitter’s terms of service, censorship and how many people think about social media and the Web.

Is a corporate email address private?

Washington Post media critic Erik Wemple is at a loss to explain how tweeting this corporate email address qualifies public (sic) rises to the level of disclosing private information.

Can a corporate email address based upon a known nomenclature used by tens of thousands of people “private?”

 Read Alex’s thoughtful discussion on O’Reilly Radar.