Friday, October 19, 2007

You can't stop human error... (But the death penalty lowers recidivism rates...)

Duquesne U Accidentally E-Mails Personal Student Info

Thursday, October 18 2007 @ 07:22 PM EDT Contributed by: PrivacyNews News Section: Breaches

The private information of nearly 8,000 Duquesne University students was put into the hands of a person who's not supposed to have it.

... According to the university, a file containing the personal information, mostly financial aid information, was mistakenly e-mailed to a student.

Source - WTAE

Strategy: Identify these people and ask them for their videos of defensive signals?

Patriots Get Ticket Sellers' Names

Thursday, October 18 2007 @ 06:39 PM EDT Contributed by: PrivacyNews News Section: In the Courts

The New England Patriots have won a court action to obtain the names of all fans who purchased tickets, sold them, or attempted to do either through online ticket reseller StubHub Inc., a subsidiary of eBay, Inc. The action has to do with violating state law and team rules that prohibit reselling tickets for a profit, although it is not yet clear what the team intends to do with the names that were turned over last week.

CDT responded to the court order by describing it as an infringement of the privacy rights of Patriots fans.

Source - Associated Press

Isn't it great when someone “gets it?”

The Best Person Of The Week

Friday, October 19 2007 @ 07:29 AM EDT Contributed by: PrivacyNews News Section: Breaches

Nominations are closed. It's federal Judge William Young, who's insisting on an openness in the lawsuit over the massive TJX credit card theft.

... "Given the nature of this case, I don't see why any of this case, any of it, should be conducted out of the public's spotlight and it will not be, unless there is a specific reason, persuasive to me, made in public documents," he said.

Source - Editor & Publisher

[Someone is blogging about the TJX case! Schuman is covering the TJX developments like a blanket on his blog "Storefront Backtalk: Techniques, Tools, and Tirades About Retail Technology and E-Commerce." (

Same as the US? I doubt it!

Ca: Privacy Commissioner Releases Annual Report and Survey on Privacy Attitudes

Thursday, October 18 2007 @ 11:47 AM EDT Contributed by: PrivacyNews News Section: Non-U.S. News

Privacy Commissioner of Canada Jennifer Stoddart has issued her annual Privacy Act report, which chronicles the year in privacy from a public sector privacy perspective. The report places the spotlight on the ongoing frustration with a woefully outdated privacy law and the mounting concern with identity theft, cross-border data transfers, and Internet harms such as spam.

Source - Michael Geist (blog)

Related - Ekos study on Canadians' attitudes toward privacy

[From the article: Only 17% of Canadians believe the govenrment takes protecting personal privacy seriously. That number dips to 13% of Canadians who believe businesses do so. Optimists! Bob]

So where is the Privacy Foundation?

The Best Privacy Advisers in 2007

Thursday, October 18 2007 @ 05:13 PM EDT Contributed by: PrivacyNews News Section: Businesses & Privacy

If your company loses a laptop, rolls out a new Web site, or globalizes its HR information system, who are you going to call to square away the privacy requirements?

That's the question I recently posed to over 400 corporate privacy leaders in North America and Europe for the second year running.

Source - Computerworld

Restating the “not so” obvious?

Why, Even If You Have Nothing To Hide, Government Surveillance Threatens Your Freedom

Friday, October 19 2007 @ 07:10 AM EDT Contributed by: PrivacyNews News Section: Surveillance

"I've got nothing to hide, so electronic surveillance doesn't bother me. To the contrary, I'm delighted that the Bush Administration is monitoring calls and electronic traffic on a massive scale, because catching terrorists is far more important that worrying about the government's listening to my phone calls, or reading my emails." So the argument goes. It is a powerful one that has seduced too many people.

Source - FindLaw's Writ

Think Google will do it better than Microsoft? (There must be money to be made...)

Google unveils plans for online personal health records

Heather Havenstein October 17, 2007 (Computerworld)

Less than two weeks after Microsoft Corp. announced plans to support online personal health information records, Google unveiled plans to follow suit.

Marissa Mayer, Google's vice president of search products and user experience, said Wednesday here at the Web 2.0 Summit that Google plans to support the "storage and movement" of people's health records.

Although she provided only scant details on the effort, she noted that Google became interested in the personal health record market as it watched Hurricane Katrina take aim at the Gulf Coast and all the paper-based records stored in various medical offices and hospitals in the region.

"In that moment, it was too late for us to mobilize," Mayer said. "It doesn't make sense to generate this volume of information on paper. It should be something that is digital. People should have control over their own records."

For example, she noted, when people change physicians, they should have access to their own X-rays, which they can take to their own doctor instead of having new ones made.

"This is obviously a really big vision. It is a huge endeavor. It will take a lot of breakthroughs in digitization," Mayer said. "This is something we are committed to. You'll be seeing a lot more activity here in the...months to come, so stay tuned."

Microsoft launched its Healthvault measure two weeks ago at an event in Washington.

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