Tuesday, March 13, 2018

A local heads-up!
Sammantha Tillotson and Casie Collignon of BakerHostetler write:
In January 2018, Colorado legislators sponsored a bill that, if passed, will change the state’s existing data breach reporting laws in important ways. A House Committee Report detailing the current version of the bill can be found here. The bill would create a new statute, C.R.S. § 6-1-713.5, titled Protection of Personal Identifying Information, which amends the existing statutes C.R.S. § 6-1-713, governing the disposal of personal identifying information, and C.R.S. § 6-1-716, Notification of Security Breach.
Read more on Data Privacy Monitor.

I’ll ask my Data Management class why they would do this. Care to speculate?
Thomas Fox-Brewster reports:
All it might take is a USB stick and 10 seconds for a Mazda to be turned into a kind of spy mobile.
Two researchers who’ve been probing one of the car maker’s models in recent months found the vehicle was collecting an awful lot of information from drivers’ smartphones, including text messages, call records, app activity, photos, contacts, GPS history and emails. And it was storing all that information unencrypted, they claim. They later discovered a way to install malware on the car, forcing it not only to hand over all that information, but track the location of the vehicle in almost real-time.
Read more on Forbes.

Someone needs to figure out what will work… Just saying.
Dena Castricone of Murtha Cullina writes:
Two courts. Two days. Two different results. On March 7, on remand from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, a federal district court judge in Minnesota granted a motion to dismiss a consumer class action suit involving a 2014 data breach affecting over 1,000 grocery stores. The court found that the allegations of possible future identity theft or fraud because of the breach were not sufficient to establish a substantial risk of future harm.
The next day, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reached an opposite result, further highlighting the split among courts on the issue of standing in data breach litigation.
Read more on JDSupra.

It will be amusing to see if TSA’s search for “really stupid terrorists” is more sophisticated than Best Buy’s Geek Squad. Unlikely TSA will reveal their strategy, because they don’t seem to have one. They operate like any bureaucracy attempting to expand its power.
ACLU sues the TSA for domestic electronics screening details
When the TSA launched stricter screening procedures for domestic passengers' electronic devices last year, it didn't reveal the whys and hows. That didn't sit well with the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation, which has now filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the organization in an effort to extract more info about its procedures and motivations.
… The rights and liberties watchdog wants to see the TSA's records detailing its policies, procedures or protocols when it comes to searching domestic passengers' devices. It also wants to see the equipment the TSA uses to probe deep into people's phones and laptops when they don't think manual searches are enough. Finally, it wants to know what kind of training the officers who conduct electronic searches get.

The cy pres that funded the Privacy Foundation at DU’s Sturm College of Law provided years of Privacy education. With that as an example, maybe this is not such a bad idea.
Marcia Coyle writes:
Google Inc. has told the U.S. Supreme Court there was nothing unfair or unreasonable about the tech company’s $8.5 million settlement of a class action in which $5.3 million of the funds go to third parties and none to members of the class.
In urging the justices to deny review in Frank v. Gaos, Mayer Brown partner Donald Falk, representing Google, argued the cy pres-only settlement “will benefit the class as a whole by funding closely targeted projects that are directly connected to the internet privacy issues raised by plaintiffs’ claims.”
Read more on the National Law Journal.

If it’s good enough for SpiderMan...
With Great Platforms Comes Great Responsibility
The openness provided by Facebook, Twitter, Google, and other leading digital platforms is working against them and their users. Everyone – including the companies that created these platforms – needs to find ways to fight against their malicious use.

Commentary – how do we fix life online without limiting free speech
“Which Web sites get the most traffic? According to the ranking service Alexa, the top three sites in the United States, as of this writing, are Google, YouTube, and Facebook. (Porn, somewhat hearteningly, doesn’t crack the top ten.) The rankings don’t reflect everything—the dark Web, the nouveau-riche recluses harvesting bitcoin—but, for the most part, people online go where you’d expect them to go. The only truly surprising entry, in fourth place, is Reddit, whose astronomical popularity seems at odds with the fact that many Americans have only vaguely heard of the site and have no real understanding of what it is.

U.N. investigators cite Facebook role in Myanmar crisis
U.N. human rights experts investigating a possible genocide in Myanmar said on Monday that Facebook had played a role in spreading hate speech there.
… U.N. Myanmar investigator Yanghee Lee said Facebook was a huge part of public, civil and private life, and the government used it to disseminate information to the public.
“Everything is done through Facebook in Myanmar,” she told reporters, adding that Facebook had helped the impoverished country but had also been used to spread hate speech.

Do people still read? Perhaps Apple will read stories to them?
Apple is acquiring the Netflix of magazines
Apple announced today that it signed an agreement to acquire the digital magazine service Texture, which serves articles from more than 200 magazines digitally on iOS, Windows, Amazon, and Android devices for a flat monthly fee.
Apple has acquired the entire company, including staff, and has assured users that the Android version of the app will still be supported. The price of the acquisition was not disclosed.

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