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Feds Order Apple and Google To Hand Over Names of 10,000+ Users of Gun Scope App

I bet this gets challenged in court: Own a rifle? Got a scope to go with it? The government might soon know who you are, where you live and how to reach you. That’s because Apple and Google have been ordered by the U.S. government to hand over names, phone numbers and other identifying data of at least 10,000 users of a single gun scope app, Forbes has discovered. It’s […]

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A U.S. Senator Claims Mark Zuckerberg should face “the possibility of a prison term”

Is there no end to stories about Facebook’s many misdeeds? Now Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) says” Mark Zuckerberg has “repeatedly lied to the American people about privacy,” Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) said in a recent interview with the Willamette Week, a Portland alternative weekly newspaper. “I think he ought to be held personally accountable, which is everything from financial fines to—and let me underline this—the possibility of a prison term.” Zuckerberg, […]

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US Border Officials are Increasingly Denying Entry to Travelers Over Others’ Social Media

You may be leading an innocent and legal life, even under U.S. laws. However, if your friends are involved in activities the U.S. immigration officials do not like, YOU may be denied entry to the country. This practice is undoubtedly illegal as it labels people as presumed guilty without benefit of any sort of trial or even an administrative hearing. Yet it is happening today. Details may be found in […]

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The EU could hit Facebook with Billions in Fines over Privacy Violations

The European Union is reportedly nearing the end of its investigation into some of the cases it opened against Facebook under the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR, the Wall Street Journal reports. In total, Ireland’s Data Protection Commission, which is leading the investigation since Facebook’s HQ in Europe is in Dublin, has 11 cases against the social network.

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Arizona Court Rules Arizona Residents Have Right to Internet Privacy

The Arizona Court of Appeals has ruled that Arizonans have an (Arizona) constitutional right to online privacy to prevent police from accessing one’s identity or home address from a third-party without a warrant. The court ruled that the Arizona constitution provides residents the right to privacy that goes beyond the Fourth amendment protection from unreasonable searches. Presiding Judge Eppich wrote: “The third-party doctrine allows the government a peek at this […]

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Illinois Governor Signs Initiative to Protect Personal DNA Data

Illinois residents’ genetic testing results will now be protected under a new state law passed by state Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) and signed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Friday. “As technology advances, we have to update our laws to reflect ways it can be improperly used, and the personal data of private citizens is being used inappropriately every day,” Crowe said. “Keeping genetic information confidential is crucial to protecting […]

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Facebook to Pay $5 Billion, Create Privacy Committee in FTC Settlement

While Facebook has been fined $5 Billion because of its many privacy problems, the more interesting part of the story probably is the court-ordered mandate that requires Facebook to establish a board committee to oversee privacy issues at the company, which includes “executive certifications” of proper oversight. See to find dozens of stories about this latest fine against Facebook. I am not sure of the exact definition of “executive […]

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Are You Unknowingly Forfeiting Your Genetic Privacy Rights?

From an article by Katherine M. Silverman, published in the web site: “The issue of genetic privacy is getting a lot of attention in the media lately, mainly due to the role DNA has played in identifying suspects in prominent “cold cases” like that of the Golden State Killer. But use of these “genetic genealogy” tools has raised concerns from privacy advocates who fear that genetic information shared on […]

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White House Officials Weigh Encryption Crackdown

White House officials apparently want to give a great “free gift” to credit card thieves, identity thieves, hackers, the spy agencies of foreign governments, and others who wish to do you harm. According to an article by Eric Geller in the web site: “Senior Trump administration officials met on Wednesday to discuss whether to seek legislation prohibiting tech companies from using forms of encryption that law enforcement can’t break […]

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