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7 cyber risks using WiFi including risks of using free hotspots!

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce, Internet Access, Internet Privacy
Every one is dependent on WiFi -unfortunately most people think it is safe, however Networkworld identified 7 “ways you could be giving away your identity through a Wi-Fi connection and what to do instead.”  The November 13, 2015 report entitled “7 ways hackers can use Wi-Fi against you” including these points about “Using free hotspots”:… Continue Reading

Is Google violating privacy laws in its use of K-12 student data?

Posted in Internet Privacy
A recent letter sent to Google from a US Senator expressed concern about the “extent to which Google may be collecting K-12 students’ personal data and using that information for non-educational purposes without parents’ knowledge or consent.”  On January 13, 2016 Senator Al Franken sent a letter to Sundar Pichai (Google CEO) about Google’s foray… Continue Reading

Cyberattacks on the Increase in 2015 with 102+ Million People Exposed in 315 Data Breaches!

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce, Internet Privacy
The Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) “defines a data breach as an incident in which an individual name plus a Social Security number, driver’s license number, medical record or financial record (credit/debit cards included) is potentially put at risk because of exposure.”  The ITRC December 31, 2015 Data Breach Reports were significantly higher than 2014… Continue Reading

LifeLock Confesses that it Violated Consumers’ Privacy and Will Pay a $100 Million Fine

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reported its settlement with LifeLock regarding its lack of compliance with a 2010 Order that “LifeLock failed to establish and maintain a comprehensive information security program to protect users’ sensitive personal information including their social security, credit card and bank account numbers.”  The December 17, 2015 press release from the… Continue Reading

China Confesses to Hack of 21.5 Million US Workers’ Data

Posted in Cyber, Internet Privacy
The NY Times reported that China claims that Chinese criminals stole the data from the US Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) computer systems not the Chinese government.  However the article seemed highly skeptical that the hack was from criminals and said  the confession “raised more questions than it answered”: The theft, which was extraordinarily sophisticated… Continue Reading

Privacy & Free Speech at Risk with Terms of Service (ToS) Enforcement on Social Media Content

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Visualizing Impact launched which “gives social media users a place to report takedown notices and catalog content that has been removed.”  EFF Director for International Freedom of Expression and co-founder of Jillian C. York said: We want to know how social media companies enforce their terms of… Continue Reading

More Impact from Snowden as Court Rules that NSA Bulk Phone Record Collection Violates the Constitution

Posted in Internet Privacy
Only weeks before the US Patriot Act will be replaced with the USA Freedom Act a federal judge ruled that National Security Agency (NSA) Bulk Telephone Metadata Program which was revealed by Edward Snowden in 2013 that systematically collects Americans’ domestic phone records in bulk “likely violates the Constitution.” After waiting 2 years on the… Continue Reading

GUEST BLOG: Snowden’s Disclosures Upend EU-US Privacy Safe Harbor Laws

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
My Guest Blogger Eric Levy is a senior attorney in Gardere’s Trial Practice Group who specializes in complex litigation with a focus on technology and Internet eCommerce related issues.   The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled on October 6, 2015 in the case of Schrems vs. Data Protection Commissioner that the access enjoyed by… Continue Reading

EU Demands that Google’s ‘right to be forgotten’ to be Worldwide Searches, Not just in the EU

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
Google is fighting a June 2015 order from the French CNIL (Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés) that ordered Google to “delist links not just from all European versions of Search but also from all versions globally.”  Google’s Global Privacy Counsel Peter Fleischer blogged on July 30, 2015 about the background of the EU… Continue Reading

NO EVIDENCE that “personal information was ever transmitted” So Google Wins Privacy Lawsuit!

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
Android users lost their lawsuit claiming that Google “violated its own privacy policy by disclosing their names, email addresses and account locations to third parties without permission, to boost advertising revenue” according to Reuters.  On July 15, 2015 US Magistrate Judge Paul Grewal (Northern District of California) in the case In Re Google, Inc. Privacy… Continue Reading

Will the Google’s New Myaccount Improve Compliance with Privacy Laws?

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
Google’s claims that Myaccount “gives you quick access to the settings and tools that help you safeguard your data, protect your privacy, and decide what information is used to make Google services work better for you.”  In a June 1, 2015 blog Google explained that can help with the following: Take the Privacy Checkup… Continue Reading

Facebook Privacy Settings Challenged in the EU

Posted in Internet Privacy
Facebook complained that it “doesn’t make sense that 28 regulators should make different interpretations of the same law” reported by the New York Times, that “France, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands and Belgium — are investigating Facebook’s new privacy settings.”  The report went to say that Facebook “says it complies with Europe’s strict data protection rules”… Continue Reading

Truste Pays $200,000 Fine for Breaching Contracts to Verify Privacy on 1,000+ Websites & FTC Oversight

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
“The Federal Trade Commission [FTC] has approved a final order resolving the Commission’s complaint against TRUSTe, Inc. for deceiving consumers about its privacy seal program”as posted on the FTC website on March 18, 2015.  FTC also stated that the Order the FTC will have oversight for 20 years and in particular making sure that Truste complies… Continue Reading

No Surprise – Identity Theft Tops FTC Consumer Complaints

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
The FTC (Federal Trade Commission) reported that ‘identity theft topped the FTC’s national ranking of consumer complaints for the 15th consecutive year.’  On February 27, 2015 the FTC issues its Consumer Sentinel Network for 2014 which identified these Top Ten complaint categories (including the number of complaints and percentages) for 2014: Identity Theft (332,646 -13%)… Continue Reading

More Cyber Criminals Targeting your Identity, Including Bad Guys in China!

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
According to a recent report groups in “China continue to target Western interests, but there has been a shift in focus from the theft of intellectual property to identity information” according to which drew these conclusions from a February 23, 2015 recent HP report entitled “HP Security Research, Cyber Risk Report 2015” which also… Continue Reading

Watch Out! Your Computer Probably has Spyware Courtesy of the US Government!

Posted in Internet Privacy
Apparently the US National Security Agency (NSA) “has figured out how to hide spying software deep within hard drives made by Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba and other top manufacturers, giving the agency the means to eavesdrop on the majority of the world’s computers, according to cyber researchers and former operatives”  as reported by Reuters on… Continue Reading

Senator Express Concerns about IoT Privacy and that “Big Brother” is Listening!

Posted in Internet Privacy
Florida Senator Bill Nelson expressed his concern that “Big Brother may really be listening…recently, we learned that Samsung’s privacy policy for its voice-activated ‘Smart TV’ informed consumers that their indoor conversations can be recorded by the television and sent to a third party,…” during a hearing of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation on… Continue Reading