Oct 312016
 
 October 31, 2016  Breaches, Featured News, Surveillance, U.S.

Dan Goodin reports:

Shadow Brokers—the name used by a person or group that created seismic waves in August when it published some of the National Security Agency’s most elite hacking tools—is back with a new leak that the group says reveals hundreds of organizations targeted by the NSA over more than a decade.

“TheShadowBrokers is having special trick or treat for Amerikanskis tonight,” said the Monday morning post, which was signed by the same encryption key used in the August posts. “Many missions into your networks is/was coming from these ip addresses.”

Read more on Ars Technica.

Oct 302016
 
 October 30, 2016  Business, Court

Nicholas Iovino reports:

A federal judge proclaimed Thursday that the nation’s Founding Fathers have little insight to offer on whether the Constitution allows people to sue Facebook for collecting their biometric facial data without consent.

“A couple of justices are focused on what happened 200 years ago,” U.S. District Judge James Donato said during a hearing on a motion to dismiss a privacy class action against Facebook.

“What opinion does George Washington have on this? There are historical realties that simply don’t overlap.”

Read more on Courthouse News.

Oct 282016
 
 October 28, 2016  Business, Court, Surveillance, U.S.

Klein Moynihan Turco LLP write:

On October 24, 2016, the United States District Court for the Southern District of California refused to dismiss claims brought by two former inmates and their counsel regarding violations of a California privacy law.  The plaintiffs commenced a class action against Securus Technologies, Inc. (“Securus”), a self-proclaimed “inmate communications provider,” alleging that Securus unlawfully monitored and recorded telephone conversations between the inmates and their counsel.  The California Invasion of Privacy Act (“CIPA”) “makes it a felony to, ‘without permission from all parties to the conversation, eavesdrop[] on or record[], by means of an electronic device, a conversation, or any portion thereof, between a person who is in the physical custody of a law enforcement officer or other public officer, or who is on the property of a law enforcement agency or other public agency, and that person’s attorney . . . .’”

Read more on JDSupra.

Oct 282016
 
 October 28, 2016  U.S., Youth & Schools

Abby Jackson reports:

Just as companies pay for consumer data to make informed decisions, it turns out, colleges and universities do the same, according to a report by non-partisan think tank New America.

The report, called “The Promise and Peril of Predictive Analytics in Higher Education,” detailed the ways in which colleges pay for student data. For less than 50 cents a name, colleges glean student data from third-party groups.

Read more on Business Insider.