Aug 312018
 August 31, 2018  Posted by  Laws, U.S.

Cheryl Miller reports:

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra lashed out at lawmakers for imposing “unworkable obligations and serious operational challenges” on his office by effectively making him the chief enforcer of the state’s sweeping new data privacy law.

In an Aug. 22 letter to legislators who helped get the law passed in June, Becerra complained that his office is not equipped to handle all the related duties, including quickly drafting regulations and advising businesses about compliance with the California Consumer Privacy Act, or CCPA.


Aug 312018
 August 31, 2018  Posted by  Business, Laws, Online, U.S.

Antonio García Martínez writes:

California, that innovative economic juggernaut that so often takes the regulatory lead on matters such as automobile emissions, is once again establishing the ground rules to a vital industry. The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown in June, is the improbable result of a wealthy real estate investor, with the colorful name of Alastair Mactaggart, and a gang of volunteers taking an interest in consumer privacy. Mactaggart used California’s zany ballot initiative system (and his personal fortune) to get a version of a proposed privacy law onto the November ballot. Faced with the horrifying prospect of a well-funded privacy evangelist jamming regulation down the throats of the state’s golden-goose tech companies, legislators quickly devised their own alternative. This rollicking policy adventure is recounted at length in a cover story by Nicholas Confessore for The New York Times Magazine.

Look through the rah-rah triumphalism of the piece, however and you’ll see that far from succumbing to some irresistible activist push, incumbents Google and Facebook craftily shaped the legislation to suit themselves. When in the history of American democracy have state legislators voted to severely and onerously regulate trillion-dollar companies in their home districts, motivated only by an overweening concern for consumer rights (and not donor pressure)? Never, is the answer—which is why the implications of CCPA could use some further scrutiny. (Spoiler alert: Facebook doesn’t hate the law).

Read more on Wired.

Aug 302018
 August 30, 2018  Posted by  Breaches, Healthcare, Non-U.S.

Terri-Ann Williams reports:

A hospital worker overcome with jealousy accessed the medical records of her boyfriend’s model ex in order to bombard her with a barrage of text messages.

Admin assistant, Amy Docker, 23, who worked at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead, north London, texted model Candice Collier calling her a ‘s**g bag’ and telling her to ‘go get more d***’ in a stream of messages.

Read more on Daily Mail. I think they just liked this story as it gave them a chance to show pics of scantily clad women, but there’s actually a serious issue here of whether the hospital has sufficient access controls in place to prevent this type of thing.

Aug 302018
 August 30, 2018  Posted by  Business

Joe Cadillic explains:

For years the MSM has been pushing Mobile Drivers Licenses (MDL) on the American public.

But now things are about to take a strange turn.

MDL manufacturers want to encourage motorists to use their drivers licenses by tying them into loyalty rewards programs and various services.

According to a interview with David Holmes, Identity Management & Security Commercial Director at Underwriters Laboratories, MDL manufacturers are working with retailers.

Read more on MassPrivateI.