Apr 192018
 April 19, 2018  Breaches, Healthcare, Non-U.S.

The Star reports:

Penang Deputy Chief Minister II Dr P. Ramasamy has condemned the person who took a photo of him while in hospital, saying that it had violated his privacy.

“I have reported the matter to the Island Hospital Penang authorities, and I think they are checking who took the snapshot as it had violated my privacy.

“If there is a need, I will make a police report,” he said in a video on his Facebook page  Thursday (April 19).

Read more on The Star.

Apr 192018
 April 19, 2018  Business, Surveillance, U.S.

Peter Waldman, Lizette Chapman, and Jordan Robertson report:

High above the Hudson River in downtown Jersey City, a former U.S. Secret Service agent named Peter Cavicchia III ran special ops for JPMorgan Chase & Co. His insider threat group—most large financial institutions have one—used computer algorithms to monitor the bank’s employees, ostensibly to protect against perfidious traders and other miscreants.

Aided by as many as 120 “forward-deployed engineers” from the data mining company Palantir Technologies Inc., which JPMorgan engaged in 2009, Cavicchia’s group vacuumed up emails and browser histories, GPS locations from company-issued smartphones, printer and download activity, and transcripts of digitally recorded phone conversations. Palantir’s software aggregated, searched, sorted, and analyzed these records, surfacing keywords and patterns of behavior that Cavicchia’s team had flagged for potential abuse of corporate assets. Palantir’s algorithm, for example, alerted the insider threat team when an employee started badging into work later than usual, a sign of potential disgruntlement. That would trigger further scrutiny and possibly physical surveillance after hours by bank security personnel.

Read more on Bloomberg. And kudos to their art department for that header graphic.

Apr 182018
 April 18, 2018  Breaches, Govt, Non-U.S.

Angus Thompson reports:

An abusive mother who was the “face” of a foster care agency has won a payout after the child welfare authority disclosed details of her history to her employer.

The Department of Family and Community Services must compensate the woman $4539 after she was fired from her position at the agency over fears for children in its care and the organisation’s reputation.

The NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal found FaCS breached the mother’s privacy by alerting her employer of claims the father had sexually abused their daughters; that the woman failed to undergo drug and alcohol testing; and that she prioritised her needs over her children’s.

Read more on Sydney Morning Herald.

Apr 182018
 April 18, 2018  Surveillance, U.S.

David Shepardson reports:

Four U.S. senators on Wednesday urged the U.S. Homeland Security Department (DHS) to disclose additional information about unusual cellular surveillance activity that has been detected around the nation’s capital.

The senators – Ron Wyden and Ed Markey, both Democrats, and Republicans Rand Paul and Cory Gardner – said the Trump administration should make public additional details about possible surveillance using cellphone-site simulators around Washington.

Read more on Reuters.