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Digital Privacy

September 18, 2019
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New provisions to Nevada’s online privacy law will be effective on October 1, 2019.

Nevada Senate Bill 220, signed into law earlier this year, will require operators of websites and online services to allow consumers within the state to opt out of the sale of their personal data. Online businesses will be expected to provide a designated means of communication through which consumers can request that...

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September 11, 2019
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Fifty-one CEOs representing U.S.-based businesses sent an open letter to Congress requesting a comprehensive federal consumer privacy law.

Signed by the CEOs AT&T, Comcast, General Motors, Mastercard, and Wal-Mart, among others, the letter requested “a comprehensive consumer data privacy law that strengthens protections for consumers and establishes a national privacy framework to enable continued...

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August 28, 2019
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Doorbell-camera firm Ring forged deals with more than 400 police departments nationwide, and in the process created a de facto digital neighborhood watch style network, one that law enforcement can use to investigate crime, in neighborhoods around the country. 

While the news is alarming, Ring does not provide constant video feeds, though users can opt to join a Ring’s public social network called Neighbors, which allows them to share information and video from their Ring devices....

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August 23, 2019
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Facebook has begun to roll out a tool that allows users to “clear” data collected about their web browsing activities.

The social media giant promised the tool in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, but ran into a series of technical difficulties that delayed its release. 

“We had to build out the ability to create an index that would let us show this data on a per-person basis, and enable people to see it and clear it, if they wanted to clear it, or even dissociate it...

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August 13, 2019
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Facebook hired hundreds of third-party contractors to transcribe recordings of the site’s users, according to Bloomberg

The social media giant hired the contractors to transcribe audio gleaned from its Messenger app in order to ensure the accuracy of its artificial intelligence-based voice recognition software. It has since discontinued the practice.

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August 12, 2019
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If you missed the news about Russian-owned FaceApp going viral, you've probably been vacationing on the coast of a dust pond on the dark side of the moon. It highlights the general lack of privacy...

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July 30, 2019
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Consumer audio recorded by Apple’s Siri platform has been shared with external contractors.

A whistleblower working as a contractor revealed that the company’s digital voice assistant software records audio collected by consumer devices–including iPhones, Apple Watches, and HomePods–and shares it with external contractors. The recordings contained potentially sensitive information.

“A small portion of Siri requests are analysed to improve Siri and dictation. User requests are...

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July 26, 2019
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The whole "Privacy is dead/Long live privacy" jam is alive and well, and increasingly consumers know whodunit. A quick look at recent stock values of Google, Facebook, and Amazon (among many others that offer "...

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July 25, 2019
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If ever the shrug emoji belonged in a blog post, today is the day. The tech giant reached a $5 billion settlement for misrepresenting the way it handles user privacy, the SEC fined it $100 million for misleading investors about the risks associated with the misuse of...

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July 19, 2019
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The Kazakhstan government is intercepting all HTTPS-encrypted internet traffic within its borders.

Under a new directive effective 7/17, the Kazakhstan government is requiring every internet service provider in the country to install a security certificate onto every internet-enabled device and browser. Once installed, this certificate allows the government to decrypt and analyze all incoming internet traffic. 

Kazakhstan ISP Kcell posted a...

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