Tag - Privacy
At the 2012 launch of the iMac, Phil Schiller said on stage that "you'll be able to go home and tell people today you heard about plasma deposition." You didn't. Nobody did. Yet at this year's WWDC when Apple mentioned their next new term, suddenly everyone's talking about it. Differential Privacy sounds just about as much a jargon term but it's concerned with something that affects every single iPhone user. It's a term for what's both technically intricate and politically on fire.
Major online publisher Gawker Media has filed for bankruptcy protection today, in the wake of the company's defeat in a lawsuit earlier this year. Owner Nick Denton made the Chapter 11 filing at the Southern District of New York Bankruptcy Court, declaring its assets are not able to cover the $140 million judgment against the company awarded to former wrestler Hulk Hogan in a privacy trial earlier this year.
No doubt, Apple's Find My Friends is a smart way to know where everyone you care about is right now. At least, it is if they all have iPhones, and it is if neither you nor they think this is beyond creepy. You're not going to be following their every move, but you could -- and if that doesn't give you pause, this should: they'd be able to follow your every move, too. The newly-updated 99check 1.6 gives you the benefits of Find My Friends, without the Big Brother don't-stray-from-the-path problems of Apple's solution.
Two different US Appeals courts issued two different rulings on privacy-related cases on Tuesday that together deal severe blows to the concept of personal and computer privacy. In Richmond, Virginia, the full Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, in an en banc ruling, voted 12-3 that authorities do not need a warrant to obtain location information based on cell phone location from carriers. In New York City, a bitterly-divided Second Circuit court ruled that the government can mirror hard drives for one criminal action, and preserve that data indefinitely for use in possible future criminal actions.
Iran is demanding messaging apps from other countries store some user data within its borders. Announced on Sunday, Iran has ordered social media sites, including Facebook and Twitter, as well as messaging services, to transfer data held about Iranian users to servers located within the country itself, something which could lead to less privacy for the country's citizens as well as the potential of more control over online access by the government.
A new Apple job posting has the company seeking out a lawyer with expertise in health, sparking suggestions that it could be another indication Apple has greater aspirations in the areas of health monitoring, fitness, and medical purposes, notes Business Insider. Specifically, the job summary shows that the company wants a new Privacy Counsel with experience working with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and with the health industry at large. The successful applicant would provide legal advice on privacy issues potentially impacting the company's products, as well as its other business activities.
You do have to pity hotels: they spent all that money fitting Ethernet to their rooms, and then nobody used it because Wi-Fi came along. Mind you, your pity may get a little tempered by how the hotel often charges you for that Wi-Fi hand over fist. We'd rather not pay excessively for Internet access, but our concern today is less about price, and more about privacy. Hotel Wi-Fi can save your bacon on a trip -- but it can also be how nefarious people in the next room get your bank details.
This week on The MacNN Podcast episode 61, Mike and Charles briefly discuss how we've structured the leadership of this site modeled on the Dalek hierarchy, and in the tradition of the Daleks, the news is mostly bad -- and that's even before we get to the latest FBI/DOJ shenanigans, this week adding the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court to the cast of this drama, sadly on the side of authoritarianism over liberty. The parade of really not-thought-through attempts to modernize privacy laws in the era of digital encryption continues.
The US House of Representatives has unanimously voted in favor of approving a bill that could help prevent US citizen's emails from being easily accessed by law enforcement. The Email Privacy Act, which would require security forces to gain a warrant before being able to access email accounts, was approved with a vote of 419 for the bill and no votes against, with the bill now set to move towards the Senate on its way to becoming a law.
While the San Bernardino "FBI vs Apple" case may have been dropped, the repercussions of both the FBI's initial aggression in the case, and its ultimate actions there, have had ripple effects; both on the national debate over encryption and privacy, as well as in other court cases where the agency -- along with the US Department of Justice -- continue to try and force Apple to disable or compromise its security. In a new filing arguing in favor of a Brooklyn court ruling that Apple was not obligated to crack its own iPhones, Apple points to the San Bernardino case in arguing that the agency has not "exhausted" all avenues, a key requirement of the All Writs Act the FBI is trying to use to force Apple to cooperate.