Distributed Denial of Service Attacks – Who is Legally Liable?

It seems that the Obamacare website, http://www.healthcare.gov, has had a spot of trouble lately.  However, obscured in all the debate over the policy of the Affordable Care Act and all of the technical problems with the site is the fact that opponents of the universal (well, semi-universal) health insurance portal have taken to social media…

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Privacy for Sale

It recently was revealed that AT&T was selling call data to the CIA for $10 million a year. This is in addition to the millions of dollars the company was paid by the NSA for participating in the NSA’s FISA telephony metadata whereby the company, together with other U.S. telephone companies, routinely provided the NSA with…

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Data Privacy and Security; Is it Only Hackers You Should Worry About?

As we approach the Internet of things, more and more things are keeping tabs on me. My toaster is watching me, and the blender is looking at me funny. Increasingly companies that collect data will have to have robust privacy policies about what they collect and store, who they share it with, and what each of…

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Heads We Win, Tails You Lose; Court Rules that a Warrant is Needed to Install GPS Tracking on Your Car

In a monumental decision that will have no practical impact, the United States Court of Appeals in Philadelphia ruled yesterday that law enforcement agencies need a warrant to install a GPS tracking device on your car. The court considered the case of the Katzin brothers, some local hoodlums who the cops suspected of being involved in a series of…

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Heads We Win, Tails You Lose; Court Rules that a Warrant is Needed to Install GPS Tracking on Your Car

In a monumental decision that will have no practical impact, the United States Court of Appeals in Philadelphia ruled yesterday that law enforcement agencies need a warrant to install a GPS tracking device on your car. The court considered the case of the Katzin brothers, some local hoodlums who the cops suspected of being involved in a series of…

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Facebook: Who has Access to What, When, How and Why?

I have a confession to make. As a casual user of Facebook, I have no idea who has access to what I do.  I have read the settings, the Facebook privacy policy (well, the policy this week) and played with the Facebook, but I still have no clue who can see what I write, access…

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