Privacy is NOT Binary

Earlier today I walked into my local library.  A sign on the door proudly announced that there were video cameras in use for the patron’s protection. I have a problem with that. Actually, I don’t have a problem with video cameras for patron’s protection.  So if someone is assaulted, robbed, or worse I want there to be…

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The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming!!

Imagine the son of a Member of Congress sitting on the beach in the Caribbean, when strange looking men in suits approach him. And not bathing suits. The men, officials of the FSB – Russian intelligence and law enforcement, grab the kid, put him in a car, then a boat, then a plane and ferry him…

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How the Cops Are Killing the Cloud

What privacy rights do people have for data in the cloud – and more importantly, how can they assert them? A recent case out of New York answers that question as “very little” and “you can’t.” That’s bad for the Cloud, bad for social networking sites, bad for business, and bad for privacy.  In the long…

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Court Rules You can be Compelled to Hand Over Decryption Key

Earlier this week, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial waded into the Stygian waters of the interplay between technology and the Fifth Amendment – determining for the first time whether a person could be compelled to provide the government with the decryption key protecting the privacy of documents contained on their computer. Under the specific circumstances of…

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Supreme Court Rules that Police Need Warrant to Search Cell Phones Data

In a stunning unanimous decision, the United States Supreme Court ruled against the government finding that police generally need a warrant to search the data contents of a cell phone after they have arrested a suspect. The decision was important because it recognized, in several ways, how technology can impact the rights of privacy, the…

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Your Car and the Internet of Things

My 14 year-old-car finally died, so I bit the bullet and bought a new one – with bells and whistles.  The new car has keyless entry, keyless start, integrates with my phone, contacts, traffic., weather, Facebook, etc.  My old one had a rickety old GPS that was OK for getting home. But all the new bells…

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