Friday, April 06, 2018

It’s time once again for the Privacy Foundation at University of Denver Sturm College of Law to have its spring seminar! It will be taking place April 20th, from 10:00am-1:00pm (with lunch to follow) at the Ricketson Law Building. The topic is: Workplace Privacy and Bring Your Own Device.
This Workplace Privacy Seminar will focus on the major privacy issues in the workplace: (1) the legal and technical concerns surrounding employee BYOD policies, i.e., employee access to other employee privacy data and employee use of non-work employee information found on social media via employees’ own smart phones and note books; (2) the “metes and bounds” of employee monitoring, i.e., verbal, written, and electronic communications while working and after hours; and (3) geographic tracking of employees, onsite and after hours.

This is a bit more complicated than normal.
Secret Service Warns of Chip Card Scheme
The U.S. Secret Service is warning financial institutions about a new scam involving the temporary theft of chip-based debit cards issued to large corporations. In this scheme, the fraudsters intercept new debit cards in the mail and replace the chips on the cards with chips from old cards. When the unsuspecting business receives and activates the modified card, thieves can start draining funds from the account.
… The reason the crooks don’t just use the debit cards when intercepting them via the mail is that they need the cards to be activated first, and presumably they lack the privileged information needed to do that. So, they change out the chip and send the card on to the legitimate account holder and then wait for it to be activated.
The Secret Service memo doesn’t specify at what point in the mail process the crooks are intercepting the cards. It could well involve U.S. Postal Service employees (or another delivery service), or perhaps the thieves are somehow gaining access to company mailboxes directly.

Everyone loves those Reality TV stars.
Dozens of hospital staff access medical records of suicidal reality soap star
Dozens of people have been able to access the medical files of a television reality show star who tried to commit suicide, according to television current affairs show EenVandaag.
Samantha de Jong, better known as Barbie, was admitted to hospital in January after trying to kill herself. She had hardly been off the tv since she took part in reality soap Oh Oh Cherso, about a group of Dutch youngsters on Crete, in 2010.
The hospital has confirmed it is investigating the security breach. EenVandaag said routine checks revealed that ‘dozens’ of members of staff had accessed her files, even though they were not involved in her treatment.
Do they not have “break the glass” procedures or other controls there? Have they not been firm enough about firing snoopers? Why did this happen and happen so extensively?
I have noted snooping in celebrities’ medical files in too many cases over the years. There are some technological solutions that can help as well as other strategies. Maybe the Dutch hospitals should invite my sponsors from Protenus, Inc. over there to show them how they can prevent this kind of thing in the future? If this is what is holding up progress in creating a digital EMR system, then they really really need to deal with this already.

No rush?
Companies will now have to tell Canadian consumers when their privacy is breached — and do it quickly
… The Digital Privacy Act became law in August 2015, but several of its provisions were not immediately implemented and have languished on the books pending official authorizations needed to bring them into force.
… Under the new rules, organizations must notify consumers “as soon as feasible after an organization determines that a breach has occurred.”

Something for my students to consider?
10 Ways Technology Hijacks Your Behavior

The problem with “Ready, Fire, Aim” Don’t worry, we’ll figure something out.
NORTHCOM Caught Off Guard As Trump Orders Troops To US-Mexico Border
After what insiders say was a surprise announcement by President Donald Trump on Tuesday, the Colorado Springs command that could send U.S. troops to the Mexican border was waiting for guidance.
… “We are standing by for guidance,” a spokeswoman said.
Other sources said the command, led by Air Force Gen. Lori Robinson, didn’t have notice of the presidential directive.

Is this what started talks of a summit?
North Korea could nuke the US as early as July 23, according to Britain's Ministry of Defense
… Lord Howe, a British defense minister, told parliament's Defense Committee that the Defense Ministry thought North Korea would be fully nuclear-capable within "six to 18 months."
The statements, made at a January 23 hearing, were published Thursday in a committee report on North Korea's nuclear ambitions. The earliest possible date for a strike in Howe's time frame is July 23; the far estimate is the same date in 2019.

Because you never have enough to read?
Magazine Rack – the Internet Archive’s Collection of 34,000 Digitized Magazines
Open Culture: “Before we kept up with culture through the internet, we kept up with culture through magazines. That historical fact may at first strike those of us over 30 as trivial and those half a generation down as irrelevant, but now, thanks to the Internet Archive, we can all easily experience the depth and breadth of the magazine era as something more than an abstraction or an increasingly distant memory. In keeping with their apparent mission to become the predominant archive of pre-internet media, they’ve set up the Magazine Rack, a downloadable collection of over 34,000 digitized magazines and other monthly publications…”

I use Feedly myself. Beats visiting 25 sites to see what’s new.
Why RSS Still Beats Facebook and Twitter for Tracking News
Gizmodo: “You’d be forgiven for thinking RSS died off with the passing of Google Reader, but our old friend Really Simple Syndication (or Rich Site Summary) still has a role to play on the web of 2017. It’s faster, more efficient, and you won’t have to worry as much about accidentally leaking your news reading habit to all your Facebook friends. Whether you’ve never heard of it before or you’ve abandoned it for pastures new, here’s why you should be using RSS for your news instead of social media…”
See also via LLRXWhat is RSS and How to Use it Effectively – by Pete Weiss.

Only the weak-minded fall for fake news?

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