Apr 302018
 April 30, 2018  Posted by  Non-U.S., Surveillance

Stilgherrian reports:

“Secret plan to spy on Aussies,” The Sunday Telegraph headlined the story. “Two powerful government agencies are discussing radical new espionage powers that would see Australia’s cyber spy agency monitor Australian citizens for the first time.”

It was a “power grab” detailed in “top secret letters” proposing that the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) be able to use its cyber offensive capabilities domestically.

Read more on ZDNet.

Apr 302018
 April 30, 2018  Posted by  Business, Online

Jaclyn Cosgrove of the LA Times reports:

In rolling out major updates to Gmail, Google announced Wednesday that the popular email service will soon feature a new “confidential mode” that promises to give users more control over who sees the emails they send, and for how long.

Users should still be mindful about what they send over email, privacy experts warned, as messages sent in confidential mode could still fall into the wrong hands.

With the new privacy feature, users will be able to remove recipients’ options to forward, copy, download or print specific messages.

Read more on The Courier-Tribune.

Apr 302018
 April 30, 2018  Posted by  Breaches, Healthcare, Non-U.S.

Today’s reminder that even “small” breaches can have big consequences. Emilia Bona reports on a breach in the UK:

A horrified mum was sent details of another woman’s miscarriage after a medical records blunder by Liverpool Women’s Hospital.

The mum-of-four, who did not wish to be named, requested her medical notes from the Women’s – where she received treatment for the birth of each of her children and a tragic miscarriage.

She asked for her medical data from the trust as part of an ongoing complaint which involves accusations of data protection breaches.

However, when she started looking through her notes, the mum was ‘stunned’ to find another patient’s record was included in her personal file.

Read more on Liverpool Echo.


Apr 282018
 April 28, 2018  Posted by  Court, Surveillance, U.S.

From the #MustLoveFOIA dept.:

Mike Maharrey writes:

Sometimes I think there is some central office somewhere writing scripts for police departments to read when they need to oppose (support) something. No matter what city or state, or what issue we’re talking about, police arguments are almost exactly the same.

“If this happens (or doesn’t happen) criminals will have free rein and officers will die in the streets.”

Seriously, that’s barely even hyperbole.

I heard a variation on this theme at my court hearing last week.

Yes. I went to court.

If you haven’t heard, the City of Lexington, Kentucky, sued me. Why? Because I asked the wrong questions.

Read more on Tenth Amendment Center.

h/t, Joe Cadillic