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Cyberintrusions Lead to 81+ Million Records Exposed in 2014

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
The Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) defines data breaches when an incident put a risk of exposure of an individual’s “name plus a Social Security number, driver’s license number, medical record or financial record (credit/debit cards included).”  The ITRC Data Breach Report is published every Tuesday and on December 9, 2014 the Report identified 720 … Continue Reading

Congress May Pass New Cybersecurity Laws

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
A recent article evaluating the new Congress indicated it may “allow information about civilians to go directly to the National Security Agency, or some other federal agency such as Homeland Security, before going to the NSA.”  On November 23, 2014 Judge Greenwald wrote an article in Business Insurance entitled “Cyber breaches could prompt cooperation in … Continue Reading

More Bad Cybersecurity News – Top-Tier Malware Regin Used for Spying Since 2008

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy, IT Industry
Symantec reported the discovery of new malware named Regin whose main purpose “is intelligence gathering and it has been implicated in data collection operations against government organizations, infrastructure operators, businesses, academics, and private individuals.”  On November 24, 2014 Symantec issued a report entitled “Regin: Top-tier espionage tool enables stealthy surveillance” which is a “back door-type … Continue Reading

Challenge to Uber’s Customer Privacy Policies Including its “God view”

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
Senate Al Franken asked Uber for clarification about an apparent “troubling disregard for customers’ privacy, including the need to protect their sensitive geolocation data.”  On November 19, 2014 Senator Franken sent a letter to Uber CEO Travis Kalanick about a tool known as “God view” which is: … “widely available to most Uber corporate employees” … Continue Reading

Privacy at the Heart of Colossal Cybersecurity Mistakes

Posted in Internet Privacy, IT Industry
Infoworld reported that for Information Technolgoy (IT) “Privacy has become one of the leading computer security issues today…Today’s systems track every access, and every employee should know that accessing a single record they don’t have a legitimate need to view is likely to be noticed and acted on.”  The November 17, 2014 Infoworld article entitled … Continue Reading

Privacy Policies Paramount in the Ten Commandments of BYOD

Posted in Internet Privacy, Social Media
IBM recently released a report about BYOD because of the “rapid proliferation of mobile devices entering the workplace feels like divine intervention to many…”  This fall MaaS360 by Fiberlink (an IBM company) released its Ten Commandment of BYOD which included asked these questions about privacy policies: What data is collected from employees’ devices? What personal … Continue Reading

Supercookies Are Tracking +100 Million Cell Users, But Are Any Privacy Laws Being Violated?

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
Privacy advocates claim that Verizon is “silently modifying its users’ web traffic on its network to inject a cookie-like tracker… sent to every unencrypted website a Verizon customer visits from a mobile device.” According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) Verizon’s “tracker, included in an HTTP header called X-UIDH” and the EFF explains how the … Continue Reading

$10 Million Fines for Privacy Violations

Posted in Internet Privacy
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced that it was issuing fines since “TerraCom and YourTel apparently stored Social Security numbers, names, addresses, driver’s licenses, and other sensitive information belonging to their customers on unprotected Internet servers that anyone in the world could access.” However, the FCC stated in “their privacy policies, the two companies stated … Continue Reading

LinkedIn Allegedly Violates Federal Law by Making Employment History Available

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
A new class action lawsuit alleges that on LinkedIn “any potential employer can anonymously dig into the employment history of any LinkedIn member, and make hiring and firing decisions based upon the information they gather, without the knowledge of the member, and without any safeguards in place as to the accuracy of the information that … Continue Reading

$100+ Million Lawsuit Threat to Google Over Celebrity Pictures

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
A demand letter reminded Google of its corporate motto “Don’t be evil,” alleged that Google is making “millions and profiting from the victimization of women,” and that “it is time that Google owns up to its conduct and remedies this gross violation of law, ethics, moral and basic privacy rights.”  The October 1, 2014 letter … Continue Reading

Privacy Policy Challenge: Google Ordered to Cease Data Profiling in Germany

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
A recent administrative order was issued for Google to “to take the necessary technical and organisational measures to guarantee that their users can decide on their own if and to what extend their data is used for profiling.” Last week the Hamburg Commissioner of Data Protection and Freedom of Information (HmbBfDI) ordered that Google is … Continue Reading

18+ States Rely on “Stingrays” (Fake Cell Towers) for Surveillance – Is this an Invasion of Privacy?

Posted in Internet Privacy
Privacy issues have been highlighted by a recent Newsweek report that “mysterious devices sprinkled across America—many of them on military bases—that connect to your phone by mimicking cell phone towers and sucking up your data“ and an earlier Florida Today report that “[l]ocal and state police, from Florida to Alaska, are buying Stingrays with federal … Continue Reading

3 IoT (Internet of Things) Cyber Threats to Privacy in Your Home That Might Surprise You

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
Most people freely attach devices to the Internet throughout their home without contemplating any privacy risk, but a recent home inspection of “network-attached storages (NAS), Smart TVs, router, Blu-ray player” by Kaspersky Lab security analyst David Jacoby proved otherwise.  As a result of this inspection a report was issued entitled “Hacking a Living Room: Kaspersky … Continue Reading

John Doe Can Remain Anonymous and Not Be Deposed in Pre-Litigation Discovery

Posted in Anonymous Internet Activity, eCommerce, Internet Privacy
Since the plaintiff did not a file a lawsuit against John Doe, the Texas trial court had no jurisdiction to allow the plaintiff to take the deposition of “Trooper,” an anonymous blogger who launched on on-line attack on the CEO of a company who lives in Houston. In the case of In Re John Doe … Continue Reading

VIDEO: Cyberethics in the Work Place

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy, IT Industry
Wikipedia describes cyberethics as “the philosophic study of ethics pertaining to computers, encompassing user behavior and what computers are programmed to do, and how this affects individuals and society.”  To learn more about cyberethics in business, please watch my recent video entitled “CyberEthics: A Growing Business Challenge.” The video interview by Financial Management Network (& … Continue Reading

“BYOD Bill of Rights” May Help Concerns about Privacy

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
A recent survey about BYOD (“Bring Your Own Device”) resulted in the finding that “78% of employees use their own mobile devices for work” and “the use of personal technology to access corporate data can be solved by better communication between both parties regarding security, data and privacy concerns.”  On July 10, 2014 Webroot issued its … Continue Reading

Court Grants Search Warrant to Entire Apple eMail Account for [REDACTED]@mac.com

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
A Judge ruled it was unreasonable to ask Apple “to execute a search warrant” which “could pose problems, as non-government employees, untrained in the details of criminal investigation, likely lack the requisite skills and expertise to determine whether a document is relevant to the investigation” according to a report in Computerworld.  On August 7, 2014 … Continue Reading

Judge Allows Libel Suit Based on Google Autocomplete Search Results

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
A Hong Kong Judge disagreed with Google that Google’s Autocomplete may have created libeleous content and “cited Europe’s recent ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling requiring Google to remove embarrassing or outdated search results upon request” as reported by the Washington Post.  On August 5, 2014 Deputy High Court Judge Marlene Ng ruled that a lawsuit … Continue Reading

Cloud at Risk as Microsoft is Ordered to Produce Data in Ireland

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
As part of a drug trafficking investigation the US government persuaded a Court to issue a warrant that “purports to authorize the Government to search any and all of Microsoft’s facilities worldwide” according to Microsoft’s opposition brief filed on June 6, 2014 in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York.  Microsoft … Continue Reading

Challenges to EU ‘right to be forgotten’ Implementation

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
Approximately “91,000 requests” to be forgotten have been submitted to Google since the May 2014 EU European Court of Justice ruling which has led to “a total of 328,000 links that applicants wanted taken down” according to a BBC news report.   The report went to say that Google’s ‘right to be forgotten’ statistics so far are: Approved … Continue Reading

Google Ordered to Produce All Content for xxxxxx@gmail.com in Criminal Investigation

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
As part of an “investigation of possible conspiracy to commit money laundering” a Judge stated that he perceives “no constitutionally significant difference between the searches of hard drives… and searches of email accounts.”  On July 18, 2014 Magistrate Judge Gabriel W. Gorenstein (US District Court, Southern District of New York) issued a Memorandum Opinion In … Continue Reading

Facebook Charged with FTC Violations for Messing with Users’ Minds

Posted in Internet Privacy, Social Media
EPIC alleges that Facebook’s “secretive and non-consensual use of personal information to conduct an ongoing psychological experiment on 700,000 Facebook users.”  On July 3, 2014 EPIC (Electronic Privacy Information Center) filed a complaint with the FTC that Facebook “purposefully messed with people’s minds” when: Facebook altered the News Feeds of Facebook users to elicit positive … Continue Reading