Saturday, August 30, 2014

How many of these will we see? Does JPMorgan know what happened to it?
Julia O’Donoghue reports:
The personal information of Louisiana residents could be at risk because of another data breach involving state-issued debit cards.
JPMorgan Chase has notified Louisiana’s government that someone had broken through the company’s security system and the personal information of residents using debit cards provided by three state agencies could be exposed. People who may be affected include those who receive their tax refunds, child support or unemployment benefits on a prepaid debit card issued by the state.
[From the article:
"The company said it does not know if or to what extent information on Louisiana citizens may have been exposed," said Byron Henderson, communications director for the Louisiana Department of Revenue.

I suspect we'll see a change in how insurance coverage is written...
Joshua Mooney of White and Williams discusses court rulings involving insurance coverage for data breaches:
…. General liability policies are the most popular candidate. The policies define “personal and advertising injury” in part as injury arising out of “oral or written publication, in any manner, of material that violates a person’s right of privacy,” as in ISO Form CG 00 01 12 07, Section V.17. Whether a data breach implicates personal and advertising injury coverage thus depends upon whether there has been a “publication” that violates the “right of privacy.” Easy? Well, no. These issues are not always straightforward.
You can read his article on The Legal Intelligencer, where he reviews a number of relevant court cases. As Mooney discusses, “The issue of whether data breaches involve a violation of a right of privacy has been litigated less.”

Gosh, it might be useful if the judge knew of a that didn't have this fault (and was extremely good at managing it's money!)
The proposed $8.5 million settlement in In re Google Referrer Header Privacy Litigation may not be approved. Joel Rosenblatt reports:
Google Inc. (GOOG)’s settlement of a privacy lawsuit probably won’t win approval because it includes a donation to an Internet research center at Harvard University and to other schools that attorneys who brought the case attended, a judge said.
U.S. District Judge Edward Davila voiced his concerns at a hearing today in San Jose, California, over the settlement of a suit claiming the company transferred personal information contained in user searches to third parties including marketers and data brokers.
Read more on Bloomberg.
Privacy organizations had objected to the settlement, as John M. Simpson of Consumer Watchdog explains in discussing yesterday’s hearing.

Interesting. Might be useful for some politicians I know.
Visualization of US data on race and income
by Sabrina I. Pacifici on Aug 29, 2014
Visualize race and income data for your community, county, and country. Includes tools for data journalists, bloggers and community activists.”

You can't make this stuff up!
Late last week, several LA news organizations obtained and published emails between LAUSD, Apple, and Pearson officials. The emails reveal that Superintendent John Deasy began meeting with these companies to discuss the hardware/curriculum purchase almost a year before the multimillion dollar contract went out to bid.
The district agreed last year to purchase 700,000 iPads — one for every student in the district. The devices would come pre-loaded with curriculum created by Pearson. The expected cost of this project, including upgrades to the district’s WiFi: over $1 billion.
Following the release of the emails — alongside a highly critical report from the district technology committee, Deasy announced he would cancel the contract with Apple. The district will reopen the bidding process.
No surprise, the ongoing saga is this week’s “What You Should Know This Week” over on EML.
Oh and bonus: now the district says that an audit has found it is missing $2 million in computers, mostly iPads. Oops.
The judge in Vergara v California affirmed his decision this week (that is, five state statures governing teacher employment, tenure, and seniority are unconstitutional as they deny students access to a quality public education). Defendants now have 60 days to file an appeal.
A judge in Texas has affirmed his decision that the state’s school funding model is unconstitutional.
Adjuncts at the University of the District of Columbia have voted to unionize.

Apparently I get older (and more out of touch) every year.
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For my forgetful students. Android
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(Related) ...and here's a bunch of free and low cost Apps & games.
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