Dec 292017
 December 29, 2017  Posted by  Court, Featured News, Surveillance, U.S.

Orin Kerr writes:

Last month, the Supreme Court in Carpenter v. United States, the pending case on whether the Fourth Amendment protects cell-site records.  There seemed to be at least five votes sympathetic to ruling for Carpenter.  At the same time, there was very little agreement about how to get there.  What line should the Court draw, and based on what rationale?  No clear answers emerged.

In this post, I want to identify what I think is the best way to rule for Carpenter.  To be clear, I don’t think this approach is the best way to rule.   explains why I think cell phone users have no Fourth Amendment rights in their historial cell-site records.  But if the Court wants to go the other way, there are better and worse ways to do that.

Read more on Lawfare.

Dec 292017
 December 29, 2017  Posted by  Breaches, Featured News, Laws, Non-U.S.

CBC News reports:

Civic employees and police officers could be fined or imprisoned for snooping under changes to Saskatchewan privacy laws that come into effect on Jan. 1.

The Local Authority Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act has been amended to include punishments for employees who access personal records for inappropriate reasons.

Anyone who breaks the law could be fined up to $50,000 or imprisoned for up to one year, or both.

Read more on CBC.

Can we have that here, too, please? With a side order of enforcement?

Dec 272017
 December 27, 2017  Posted by  Breaches, Court, Healthcare

Barbara Miller reports:

An employee of Washington Hospital who had an operation at her workplace filed a complaint in Washington County Court against the institution, a doctor and several co-workers in connection with photos of her private parts that allegedly were taken and later shared.

The plaintiff, identified only as Jane Doe, worked as a unit secretary in the operating room department. She filed a writ against multiple defendants in October, then followed up with a 39-page complaint earlier this month.

Read more on Observer-Reporter.

Dec 272017
 December 27, 2017  Posted by  Breaches, Surveillance

From Nanyang Technological University:

Instruments in smart phones such as the accelerometer, gyroscope and proximity sensors represent a potential security vulnerability, according to researchers from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore), whose research was published in the open-access Cryptology ePrint Archive on 6 Dec.

Using a combination of information gathered from six different sensors found in smart phones and state-of-the-art machine learning and deep learning algorithms, the researchers succeeded in unlocking Android smart phones with a 99.5 per cent accuracy within only three tries, when tackling a phone that had one of the 50 most common PIN numbers.

The previous best phone-cracking success rate was 74 per cent for the 50 most common pin numbers, but NTU’s technique can be used to guess all 10,000 possible combinations of four-digit PINs.

Read more of this press release on ScienceDaily.