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Tracking Human Mobility

March 29, 2013 10:05 am DCherubin 0
By: Peter Thompson   A recent study shows that individuals can be identified through their mobile phone location with only basic use (i.e. non-Smartphone basic use). By tracking human mobility, researchers have shown that with only four spatial-temporal points, mobile phone datasets can be combined with publicly available information to easily identify an individual.…
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Tories restrict online data mining, but not for social media

March 29, 2013 10:05 am DCherubin 0
By: Brittni Reaser The Canadian Government is restricting the data that is gathered when its citizens access government websites. The Privacy Commissioner has been raising concerns about data mining for several years and has gotten new guidelines passed to restrict the Canadian federal government use of data gathered when their websites are visited.…
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The end of a controversed Canadian “government-spying” bill

March 29, 2013 10:04 am DCherubin 0
By: Michel Leclerc   The recent debate over the Canadian “Bill C-30” shows us how fierce the discussions surrounding governmental data mining can be. This bill, also known as the “Protecting Children from Internet Predators Act“ was abandoned in February 2013, one year after it was first introduced.…
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Privacy and Law Enforcement

March 29, 2013 10:03 am DCherubin 0
By: Matt Rotbart Our reading on privacy and law enforcement focused on the tension between privacy and security and the roles of the Fourth and Fifth amendments. Among other things, we reviewed pursuant to 39 U.S.C. §3623(d) that sealed letters “shall not be opened except under authority of a search warrant authorized by law” (Casebook at 249).…
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Stop and Frisk in NYC

March 29, 2013 10:01 am DCherubin 0
By: Christopher Clark   http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/27/nyregion/police-perspective-to-be-presented-at-trial-on-stop-and-frisk-tactic.html?hp&_r=0: This article is about New York’s “Stop and Frisk” police policy. The police and others contend the policy is permissible because it is done when only when police have observed suspicious behavior. However, opponents don’t like that these searches completely rely on the judgment of the police officer on the ground.…
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CIA and NSA May Soon Gain Access to FinCEN

March 29, 2013 9:59 am DCherubin 0
By Kenneth Alan Agee Soon US spy agencies may have access to a large database of financial data, which includes a vast amount of US citizens’ financial data.  Earlier this month, Reuters was able to see a Treasury Department document that revealed that the Obama administration is planning on giving US spy agencies full access to Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN).…
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Court Challenge to Scope of FTC Authority to Regulate Data Security

March 15, 2013 11:07 am DCherubin 0
By: Jenna Small   In what is being called “unprecedented litigation,” the FTC has sued Wyndham Worldwide Corporation in federal court, alleging violations of Section 5 of the FTC Act for unfair and deceptive practices regarding Wyndham’s data security measures.  The FTC accused Wyndham of misrepresenting their information security policies and failing to provide sufficient security safeguards, which allegedly resulted in three major network breaches, the exposure of 600,000 credit card accounts and $10.6…