Why Using Personal Email for Corporate of Government Purposes is A Bad Idea (But a Common One)

Put aside politics and law for a minute.  The stories about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of her personal email account (exclusively) for her work at the State Department raises issues of corporate (and government) governance, control, security, privacy and work/life balance apart from the questions of whether such use was legal or…

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Court Hears FTC v. Wyndham Worldwide Corporation

In a large brick and glass building on 6th and Market Streets in Philadelphia, across the street from the Yu Ya Nails and Spa, and only a few hundred yards from Independence Hall, a case is being argued that may decide the fate of cybersecurity in America. On March 3, in the United States Court of…

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Will a Free Market Solution to Privacy and Security Work?

AT&T recently unveiled a Gigabit Internet service in Texas, with a catch.  There are different prices if you opt out of sharing your surfing habits than if you decide you want your personal data to be, well, personal. So in effect, you are paying for privacy – or as AT&T would describe it, getting a…

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Gag Me With A Court Order – Again

I recently wrote about efforts by prosecutors and other government agents to keep their work secret, not only from the public, or from the targets of their investigations, but also from the people whose help they need to investigate the matter as well. On February 5, a magistrate judge in San Jose put a limit…

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