Ten days ago, I wrote Using a Credit Card Online is Safer than Sending a Check in the Mail at https://privacyblog.com/2014/12/17/using-a-credit-card-online-is-safer-than-sending-a-check-in-the-mail. Now an article in Wired indicates the same is true for making credit card payments in a store. The in-store payments have proven to be riskier than using a credit card online. As stated in the article by Marc Summe: “The long-standing narrative of credit card security is that […]
In fact, such coverage isn’t worth much and the few things it does accomplish are available free of charge elsewhere. In an article in the MarketWatch.com web site, Priya Anand writes: “The year 2014 saw an almost unrelenting avalanche of security breaches that struck retailers, banks and medical providers, among many others. At least 744 data breaches have been disclosed this year, with more than 115 million consumers’ records exposed, […]
A judge in Oakland, California ruled on Tuesday that Facebook does indeed have to face a class action lawsuit charging that the social media firm violated user privacy when it scanned the contents of users’ messages for the purposes of targeting advertising to those users. The suit alleges that until October 2012, when the social network says it stopped the practice, it scanned the content of private messages sent between […]
The Pittsford, Vermont Select Board’s December 17 board meeting discussed the fact that some residents are concerned that publishing birth, marriage, civil union and death names in the annual town report harms their privacy. The issue has been placed on the agenda for the next town meeting, according to a brief article in the Rutland Herald at http://www.rutlandherald.com/article/20141224/THISJUSTIN/712249902.
This week, the Federal Trade Commission filed a lawsuit alleging that LeapLab, a data broker in Nevada, sold intimate details about several hundred thousands of people, including their Social Security numbers and bank account numbers, to marketers and other companies that had no legitimate need for that information. One of the data purchasers, Ideal Financial Solutions of Las Vegas, reportedly used the records it bought to make unauthorized withdrawals from […]
A fascinating article by Matt Novak states: “We now know that governments around the world are vacuuming up virtually everything that passes through the Internet. And we trust companies like Google, Facebook, Apple, VISA, and Amazon with all our personal information. We’re constantly asking what these companies are doing with our information today. But maybe the more important question is, what will these companies do with our data far into […]
German researchers have uncovered a network privacy flaw in the mobile phone network used by almost every carrier on the planet that will let hackers intercept calls and text messages even on an encrypted line. The flaw was found on “SS7″ the global network the world’s networks use to route calls to one another. SS7 was designed in the 80’s and is being proven to have holes and flaws that […]