Jul 302018
 July 30, 2018  Posted by  Business

Larry Dignan reports:

Tech giants–and massive data collectors such as Google and Facebook–may want to disclose to customers what their information is worth to the platform to improve transparency.

That nugget comes from a policy paper from U.S. Senator Mark Warner and may be one of the bigger data transparency suggestions to ponder going forward.

Axios posted Warner’s white paper, which is designed to spur discussion about data privacy regulation, and the takeaways include some of the typical issues such as disinformation, data transparency and adopting a framework similar to Europe’s GDPR regulation.

Read more on ZDNet.

Jul 302018
 July 30, 2018  Posted by  Court, Featured News

AP reports:

A transgender student at a Florida high school can use the boys restroom during his senior year, a federal judge says.

The judge ruled last Thursday that 18-year-old Drew Adams can use the boys restroom at Nease High School in Ponte Vedra Beach when classes resume next month. Citing a district policy, the school had required him to use a gender-neutral bathroom before the ruling.

Read more on Orlando Sentinel.

Jul 302018
 July 30, 2018  Posted by  Breaches, Business, Featured News, Healthcare, Online

Ellen Matloff reports:

Thousands of women who carry mutations in the genes BRCA1 and BRCA2 and joined ‘private’ Facebook groups recently learned that their groups were vulnerable to a Chrome plug-in that allowed marketers to discover group members’ names and other private health information.  That Chrome plug-in has since been removed from this, and apparently all other private groups, but has left a deep scar in the BRCA community’s trust in Facebook.

Read more on Forbes.

Jul 302018
 July 30, 2018  Posted by  Featured News, Surveillance

Ed Hasbrouck discussesa report in the Boston Globe that was previously noted on this site.  He writes, in part:

The story in the Globe speaks for itself, and is worth reading in full.

But lest it be misunderstood, here are some key points about what today’s news reveals, what’s new and what isn’t, and why it’s significant:

Is this a fundamentally new type of activity for the TSA or DHS or an expansion of its scope?

No, certainly not.

For at least ten years Federal Air Marshals have contributed observations of air travelersto the Transportation Information Sharing System, a database shared within and outside the DHS.

The TSA and other DHS components with which it shares data (including CBP) have for years been keeping individualized, highly detailed, highly intimate dossiers on all travelers, regardless of whether they are or ever have been suspected of any crime.

Those dossiers include — as we have seen in copies of our own files, and those that others have shared with us, obtained in response to Privacy Act and FOIA requests — not only whether two travelers (named and identified by age, gender, etc.) asked for one bed or two in their hotel room, as recorded in reservations routinely imported and mirrored by the DHS, but also free-text comments by TSA and CBP agents about what book a traveler was reading, what clothing they were wearing, and what they were eating.

Read more on Papers, Please!

h/t, Joe Cadillic