Tuesday, May 01, 2018

If they released this as an App, it would become a mandatory tool for Computer Security. (Hint, Hint. Wink, Wink.)
IoT Inspector Tool from Princeton
Researchers at Princeton University have released IoT Inspector, a tool that analyzes the security and privacy of IoT devices by examining the data they send across the Internet. They've already used the tool to study a bunch of different IoT devices. From their blog post:
Their first two findings are that "Many IoT devices lack basic encryption and authentication" and that "User behavior can be inferred from encrypted IoT device traffic." No surprises there.
Finding #3: Many IoT Devices Contact a Large and Diverse Set of Third Parties
In many cases, consumers expect that their devices contact manufacturers' servers, but communication with other third-party destinations may not be a behavior that consumers expect.
Samsung Smart TV. During the first minute after power-on, the TV talks to Google Play, Double Click, Netflix, FandangoNOW, Spotify, CBS, MSNBC, NFL, Deezer, and Facebook – even though we did not sign in or create accounts with any of them.

Dilbert continues to demonstrate the value of surveillance.

Another peak behind the curtain.
Jonny Evans reports:
Apple has at last introduced a new tool that lets you request and download everything the company knows about you, including all the data it gathers and retains when using the company’s retail outlets, iCloud, apps, products, and services.
Why is this tool available?
In part, Apple has made this information available to bring it into line with Europe’s GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) legislation, laws designed to better protect individual privacy in an online age.
Google, Facebook, Twitter, and almost every other company has also had to introduce these tools, making it far easier for users to compare the quantity and depth of information these unconstrained corporations hold about them.
Read more on Computerworld.

Fuel for our debates on what data collection is appropriate.
Fitbit Strikes Deal With Google That Could Lead to Wearables Collaboration
Fitbit has teamed up with Google in an effort to get more deeply involved in the healthcare sector.
The fitness tracker maker announced on Monday that it would use Google’s recently announced health data standards for apps, known as the Google Healthcare API, to connect its wearable devices to the electronic medical records systems used by doctors and hospitals. The aim eventually is to allow doctors to get health data straight from Fitbits on their patients’ wrists.

Are they saying we are already doomed or that it is possible to grant governments and law enforcement access when appropriate? Judge for yourself.
Stewart Baker writes:
This episode features a new technology-and-privacy flap: The police finally catch a sadistic serial killer, and the press can’t stop whining about DNA privacy. I argue that DNA privacy is in the running for Dumbest Privacy Issue of the Decade, in which it turns out that privacy is all about making sure the police can’t use your data to catch killers. Paul Rosenzweig refuses to take the other side of that debate.
Ray Ozzie has released a technical riposte to the condescending Silicon Valley claim that math proves the impossibility of securely accommodating law enforcement access. Paul and I muse on the aftermath, in which Silicon Valley may actually have to try winning the debate rather than claiming that there is none.
Read more on The Volokh Conspiracy.

Perhaps we don’t really care about elections?
A dubious anniversary for the Federal Election Commission
As of April 30, the FEC's current four commissioners have been on the commission for a total of 32 years longer than they should have been.
Vice Chairwoman Ellen Weintraub’s six-year term expired 11 years ago, when George W. Bush occupied the White House
Commissioner Steve Walther (nine years), Commissioner Matthew Petersen (seven years) and Chairwoman Caroline Hunter (five years) have also stayed aboard long after they should have been out of a job. Beyond the holdovers, there are two vacant spots on the commission.
If one commissioner retires, resigns or otherwise isn’t present, the agency that regulates and enforces campaign money laws loses its four-commissioner quorum and can’t conduct high-level business. No passing rules. No penalizing scofflaws. No providing official advice to political committees seeking it.

Science Fiction or serious scientific futurism?
The Future of Warfighting? Pulse Mortars, Exploding ‘Roaches’ And Open-Market Air Support
Editor’s note: Not long ago, the British Army approached August Cole, author of the 2015 E-ring cult thriller Ghost Fleet and former director of the Atlantic Council’s Art of the Future project, with a question: What will the operating environment look like in the 2030s?
The result is “Automated Valor,” a short story running in Proceedings, the monthly magazine published by the US Naval Institute.
read the whole story at Proceedings.

Not that I have too many books. Can you have too many books? My wife seems to think so.
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