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BIG SURPRISE! – Fraud and identity theft a real problem for online dating sites!

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
The FBI announced that “John Edward Taylor allegedly trolled dating websites to find unsuspecting women for his ‘romance’ scam, designed to steal their money.”  The January 3, 2017 FBI news release entitled “Alleged Confidence Man Charged With Luring Victims Through Matchmaking And Networking Sites To Commit Fraud And Identity Theft” included these comments about Taylor’s… Continue Reading

Privacy Laws will likely cause conflicts with Big Data in 2017

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
Privacy concerns regarding big data were highlighted by the Federal Trade Commission report entitled “Big Data: A Tool for Inclusion or Exclusion? Understanding the Issues” in January 2016 and will grow in importance given the predicted growth of big data reported by Infoworld which included a report that market research and advisory firm “Ovum estimates… Continue Reading

Take a minute and read Yahoo’s 238 word CONFESSION about the Cyber theft of 1+ billion user accounts!

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce, Internet Privacy
Yahoo’s public confession entitled “Important Security Information for Yahoo Users”  about the August 2013 theft of “data associated with more than one billion user accounts” including “the stolen user account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (using MD5) and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions… Continue Reading

Healthcare is the biggest target for Cyberattacks in 2017!

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce, Internet Privacy
Experian reported that the “healthcare sector may continue to be the focal point for hackers as medical identity theft remains lucrative and easy for cyber criminals to exploit.”  The November 28, 2016 report entitled “2017 Fourth Annual Data Breach Industry Forecast” included this takeaway advice: As attackers shift their focus, an increase in hospital breaches… Continue Reading

Hacker gets 45 months in jail for stealing encrypted personal data & launching cyber attacks

Posted in Cyber, Internet Access, Internet Privacy
A federal judge sentenced NullCrew hacker Timothy Justen French to prison for playing a “central role in an extensive, deliberate, and destructive hacking campaign that inflicted widespread and serious harm to businesses, governments, non-profits, and thousands of individuals”…which “ cyber-attacks caused at least $792,000 in monetary loss to victim companies, universities and governmental bodies.” On… Continue Reading

VIDEO: How does the EU Privacy Shield impact privacy for non-PII data or PCI?

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
Companies that transfer their accounting records between countries should know whether the new EU Privacy Shield applies to data whether it contains Personal Identifiable Information (PII) or PCI credit card information.  To learn more, please watch my recent video entitled “Data Transfer Agreements: What You Need to Know.” The video interview by SmartPros is part… Continue Reading

Amazon, Google, and LinkedIn support Microsoft’s lawsuit against the US challenging the SCA

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
Many major Internet players endorsed Microsoft’s April, 2016 lawsuit against the US that the SCA (Stored Communications Act) (part of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) 18 U.S.C. § 2705(b)) violates the First and Fourth Amendments since the Constitution should “afford people and businesses the right to know if the government searches or seizes their… Continue Reading

Unencrypted PHI (Protected Health Information) on iPhone leads to $650,000 HIPAA penalty!

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy, IT Industry
The HIPAA violation in violation of a Business Associate Agreement (BAA)  resulted from extensive PHI on an iPhone which “included social security numbers, information regarding diagnosis and treatment, medical procedures, names of family members and legal guardians, and medication information” according to a recent report from the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of U.S. Department… Continue Reading

Microsoft contempt ruling overturned for failing to produce emails in Ireland!

Posted in Anonymous Internet Activity, E-Discovery, eCommerce, Internet Access, Internet Jurisdiction, Internet Privacy
In 1986 Congress passed the Stored Communications Act (SCA) to control telephone records long before the Internet we know today, but the SCA is the main law that Internet companies rely to protect users’ content and in 1986 in passing the SCA “Congress focused on providing basic safeguards for the privacy of domestic users.” Nonetheless… Continue Reading

Spoliation or Privacy “Right to be Forgotten”? – Google’s new service “My Activity” allows you to delete your history!

Posted in Cyber, E-Discovery, Internet Privacy
People should be thoughtful of using My Activity because destroying your Google history in litigation may lead to a claim of spoliation (destruction of evidence) when using Google’s recently launched My Activity which “is a central place to view and manage activity like searches you’ve done, websites you’ve visited, and videos you’ve watched.”  My Activity… Continue Reading

IT administrator with ‘keys to the kingdom’ indicted for hacking former employer

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce, Internet Privacy, IT Industry
With a possible sentence of 20 years in prison for hacking for a trial set for June 28, 2016 the US Attorney commented about the indictment that “IT administrators often hold the ‘keys to the kingdom’ for companies, … Disgruntled IT administrators can therefore pose a grave threat to businesses, which must take measures to protect themselves when… Continue Reading

Apple & Google are among 8 mobile device companies the FTC ordered to disclose security update practices

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) “is seeking to compile data concerning policies, procedures, and practices for providing security updates to mobile devices offered by unnamed persons, partnerships, corporations, or others in the United States.”  The May 6, 2016 FTC Order requested that “Apple, Inc.; Blackberry Corp.; Google, Inc.; HTC America, Inc.; LG Electronics USA, Inc.;… Continue Reading

Email Privacy Act passes the House, but the proposed Act does not require notice of warrants

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
The Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) of 1986 was created to deal with telephone records not email, so the new proposed Email Privacy Act clarifies what email is, but did not change the ECPA much since it “does not require authorities to notify users that a warrant has been obtained to review their electronic communications.” Also… Continue Reading

Are US Privacy Laws Unconstitutional? We’ll find out in Microsoft’s new suit against the US Government!

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
The Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) 18 U.S.C. § 2705(b) violates the First and Fourth Amendments since the Constitution should “afford people and businesses the right to know if the government searches or seizes their property.” The April 14, 2016 Complaint for Declaratory Judgment filed in Seattle federal court against the US Department of Justice and… Continue Reading

Wow FTC Commissioner confesses she fell for email scam & announces her resignation!

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce, Internet Privacy
After Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Commissioner Julie Brill got a friend’s “email with an innocuous-looking Google Drive attachment. But after clicking on the link and entering in some of her personal information on the resulting page, she soon realized the truth: This was not a Google site at all.” The March 22, 2016 Washington Post… Continue Reading

Amazingly enough Hulk Hogan’s verdict may improve Internet privacy!

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
The Washington Post opined that the “$115 million legal body slam Friday against Gawker Media could have deeper implications for the debate between the public’s right to know (and the media’s right to report) and an individual’s right to privacy.” The March 21, 2016 article entitled “Hulk Hogan’s $140.1 million KO in courtroom could have… Continue Reading

PCI may be in jeopardy with federal investigation underway!

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
Since there are no laws regulating credit card security the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) ordered Special Reports from 9 companies to disclose their “data security compliance auditing and its role in protecting consumers’ information and privacy” under the PCI (Payment Card Industry) compliance assessment for DSS (Data Security Standards) and Forensic Audits.  On March 7,… Continue Reading

Can the FCC’s proposed new ISP rules succeed in protecting privacy?

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
FCC (Federal Communications Commission) Chair Tom Wheeler proposed that ISPs (Internet Service Providers) “would be able to use and share customer information with their affiliates to market other communications-related services unless you “opt out” and ask them not to. All other uses and sharing of your personal data would require your affirmative “opt-in” consent.”  Wheeler’s… Continue Reading

Super settlement for “Supercookie” privacy law violation which tracked +100 million cell users!

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
Verizon confessed its violation of privacy laws and agreed to “pay a fine of $1,350,000 and implement a compliance plan that requires it to obtain customer opt-in consent prior to sharing a customer’s UIDH [Unique Identifier Headers] with a third party to deliver targeted advertising.”  On March 7, 2016 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and… Continue Reading

Uh oh! Facebook accused of breaching EU Privacy laws!

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
Reuters reported that the “French data protection authority on Monday gave Facebook three months to stop tracking non-users’ web activity without their consent and ordered the social network to stop some transfers of personal data to the United States.” The February 8, 2016 report entitled “French data privacy regulator cracks down on Facebook” is related… Continue Reading

Identity stolen? Then check out the FTC’s website!

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez praised the new website because millions “of Americans have been victims of identity theft, and until now, there has not been a single site where they can quickly file an official complaint and then get real, personalized help.” The January 28, 2016 FTC announcement included these comments: For the first time,… Continue Reading