Aug 312016
 August 31, 2016  Posted by  Business, Surveillance, U.S.

Andrew Couts reports:

The light surrounding you this very second may be used to expose how much money you make, where you live, when you’re home, and much more.

That’s the big takeaway from a new analysis of ambient light sensors by Lukasz Olejnik, a London-based security and privacy consultant and a researcher at University College London. He warns that the data created by device light sensors may betray user privacy far more than anyone previously imagined.

Read more on the Daily Dot.

Aug 312016
 August 31, 2016  Posted by  Breaches, Court, Healthcare, U.S.

Joe Forward writes:

A state appeals court has clarified what it means to “release” confidential health care records in violation of state law, rejecting a patient’s claim that a health care provider’s employees violated the law when accessing his medical records.

Daniel Wall sued Gunderson Lutheran Health System and two of its employees, arguing the employees accessed his confidential health records without informed consent and Gunderson blocked and hindered his investigation of the alleged unauthorized access.

Wall had learned that the two Gunderson employees “accessed and observed” his health records through an audit that Gunderson provided to Wall. The audit allowed Wall to see every person or entity that was allowed to view his health records.

Read more on State Bar of Wisconsin.

Aug 312016
 August 31, 2016  Posted by  Business

George Jenkins writes:

Some big Internet service providers (ISPs) want consumers to pay for privacy. Earlier this month, both Comcast and the CTIA-The Wireless Association (formerly known as the Cellular Communications Industry Association) submitted comments about the broadband privacy rules proposed by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in April.

Portions of August 18, 2016 comments submitted by the CTIA to the FCC:

“Finally, we briefly noted that allowing consumers a variety of options regarding whether to receive a discount on broadband service in exchange for personalized advertising should be preserved. Hybrid payment models have been in commerce for centuries, including advertising supported magazines, grocery store loyalty programs, and app-based discount programs for retail establishments. Many internet companies rely on use of consumer data as their sole source of income, like search engines and social networks. Such offerings can lead to significant cost savings for all consumers, enable more valuable services for consumers, and mirror much of the economic activity that consumers expect. On this point, we provided a copy of a recent report by the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, titled “Why Broadband Discounts for Data are Pro-Consumer,” which is attached to this filing.”

Let’s unpack this. It says that ISPs should be able to charge their customers for privacy, since many ISPs rely upon using (and reselling) their customers’ information to make money.

Read more on I’ve Been Mugged.