Massachusetts has enacted data privacy and data security regulations that will make it eke out California for the most wide ranging state privacy and security laws—laws that are likely to impact the policies, practices, procedures, contracts and training used by companies nationwide. The Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation determined that there was a significant need for set of comprehensive standards that ensure businesses are taking practical steps to safeguard personal information. While many of these practices are probably adopted by most companies in some way, shape or form—now a laundry list of minimum standards will be required. And, since it may be impractical for a company to treat information collected from Massachusetts residents differently than others—many companies across the country will need to look holistically at their data privacy and security programs across the country to make sure that they meet the requirements of … [Read more...] about Massachusetts Data Privacy and Security Laws Impact Companies Across U.S.
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Your data is at risk. You know this. From the FBI to advertisers, hacking criminals to phishing scammers, a growing horde of snoopers want access to your digital life. While some say they want to protect you, others don’t, so you should protect yourself by fully exploiting existing security and privacy settings. Alphanumeric passcodesYou probably already use a 4-digit passcode, but you can improve that with a 6-digit or alphanumeric code. You change this in Settings>Touch ID & Passcode, select Change Passcode and then tap the small Passcode Options dialog you’ll encounter. Alphanumeric codes are the toughest to decipher, so use one. You should also do yourself a favor and set up Touch ID. Erase dataAt the bottom of the Settings>Touch ID & Passcode screen you’ll find the Erase Data toggle. Set this to green and all data on your iPhone will be erased after 10 failed passcode attempts. Two-factor authenticationOne of your most powerful protections, … [Read more...] about 14 privacy and security settings every iOS user should use
UL, formerly called Underwriters Labs, soon expects to certify wearables for safety and security, including user privacy.Founded in 1894 and more commonly known for certifying appliances for electrical safety, UL is developing draft requirements for security and privacy for data associated with Internet of Things devices, including wearables. A pilot program is underway, and UL plans to launch the program early in 2016, UL told Computerworld.UL first announced its interest in wearable compliance services in January."When we think how wearables are used, there are a lot of different implications for security," said Anura Fernando, principal engineer for medical software and system interoperability at UL, in a recent interview. "It might be financially relevant data, but it also could be social engineering: If you use a medical device and happen to be addicted to drugs and are a good programmer, you may be inclined to alter data that provides information to a clinician to get the drugs … [Read more...] about UL creating standard for wearable privacy and security
One question that I am frequently asked is “what is the difference between privacy and security?” It sounds simple enough, but the response often gets complicated. Maybe an analogy will help.Consider a window in your home. It provides various functions for you. It allows you to look outside. It lets sunlight into your home. A window keeps weather outside. You can open a window to let in fresh air. In an emergency, you can use a window as an exit.A window is also vulnerable. Just as you can use it as an egress, others can use it as an entrance. To protect against unwanted visitors, you can put bars or a grate in front of the window. This still allows you to keep all of the desired functionality the window provides. This is security.Just as you can look out a window, others can look in. Preventing unwanted eyes from looking in can be addressed by putting a drape, a curtain, or a shade inside of the window. This is privacy. Obscuring the view inside of your home also … [Read more...] about What is the difference between privacy and security?
Fan of Facebook? Who isn’t. Fan of everyone knowing your online business? That’s a little tougher of a pill to swallow, especially if you have some friends for whom you don’t want every detail of your life to be splashed out all over the digital world — or, for that matter, family members. (Or worse, future employers.)Thankfully, Facebook has a number of privacy settings you can use to exert a bit more control over your online life. They’re easy to find and tweak, but they might not be things that you initially thought you had to look into. Or, to phrase it another way, you’ve probably just been spending all sorts of time on Facebook all willy-nilly, unaware that you can actually lock down your Facebook experience to a pretty significant degree. We’ve prepared 10 tips for maximum Facebook privacy that you’re going to want to start playing with right now.1. Bookmark Facebook’s privacy page. Simple, easy, efficient — for … [Read more...] about 10 Facebook Privacy and Security Settings to Lock Down
Apple has announced it is fighting a court order in the US which would allow authorities to gain access to the contents of an iPhone as part of a terrorist investigation.It amazes me that technology companies can put in place encryption that prevent these type of investigations — yet under similar circumstances a warrant can allow authorities access to homes, cars and personal effects without condition or compromise.And the flip side is that so many other tech companies cite the importance of privacy and security when it suits them but yet collect, aggregate, sell, decipher and use personal data to forward their own strategic and financial goals. They track location, usage behavior, habits and desires in order to benefit advertisers and support their own business and application development. Their privacy policies even mitigate their liability from the collection and security of this data and in some cases limit their responsibility for securing customer information. … [Read more...] about Tech, privacy and security: A debate we need to have
Big data privacy and security issues are areas to watch for two reasons: 1) there are many unanswered legal questions, and 2) the law always lags technology. Let's first take a look at the data privacy issue from the perspective of the consumer. The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees an individual's right to privacy. This amendment specifically safeguards "the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects," but it is only effective against government intrusions — meaning private companies that have your data are exempted. One must also have standing to claim protection under this amendment. In other words, to make a privacy violation claim, one must first demonstrate that there was a reasonable expectation of privacy. Only U.S. governments and governmental agencies are subject to Fourth Amendment privacy protections. Also, any personal information that is in the public records (e.g., marriage records and real estate records) … [Read more...] about 3 ways to address looming big data privacy and security issues
With lots on their mind, startup owners tend to back-burner decisions that do not help the bottom line. More often than not that includes deciding how privacy and data security should be managed. Françoise Gilbert, a partner with the law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP suggests that is a bad idea, "A single error can undermine the trust of investors and customers, attract unwanted regulatory attention or litigation, and ultimately, derail a startup's success." "Most startups cannot survive on their own without the help of third-party investments or contracts," continues Gilbert. "If they want to succeed and meet these third parties' requirements, they have to implement from the start and continue to use, the appropriate privacy and security safeguards that are adapted to their specific business model." And Gilbert ought to know, in 30 years, she has seen plenty of mistakes; she outlines in her law firm's Emerging Technology Views blog what to avoid. So, startup owners, to steer … [Read more...] about 9 privacy and security errors startups can’t afford to make
Microsoft is facing renewed calls to change the way Windows 10 collects data about users, amid fresh accusations that the OS violates privacy. Civil liberties group the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) said Microsoft makes users "choose between having privacy and security" in how the OS handles data collection. The campaign group is referring to Microsoft's advice not to use Windows Update to patch machines that have been switched to the lowest level of data collection, known as the Security level. "There's no good reason why the types of data Microsoft collects at each telemetry level couldn't be adjusted so that even at the lowest level of telemetry collection, users could still benefit from Windows Update and secure their machines from vulnerabilities, without having to send back things like app usage data or unique IDs like an IMEI number," writes Amul Kalia, intake co-ordinator at the EFF. Kalia suggests the argument that Windows Update relies on a certain level of … [Read more...] about Windows 10: Microsoft forces you to choose between privacy and security, say campaigners