PINDROP BLOG

Category: Privacy

September 13, 2017 | Dennis Fisher
Privacy Advocates Urge Better Protection for Financial Data
Privacy advocates are urging Congress to make major changes to the security and privacy guidance given to financial companies, and make breach notifications mandatory. In a statement sent to the leaders of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Development the Electronic Privacy Information Center asked the committee to adjust the rules governing the…
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August 28, 2017 | Dennis Fisher
Chrome May Let Users Mute Site Audio, Helping Prevent Audio Tracking
Google is working on a feature in its Chrome browser that would enable users to mute audio on websites on a site-by-site basis. The feature could help prevent an emerging kind of user tracking that employs ultrasonic signals. The feature has shown up in the Canary build of Chrome, which is the early build that…
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August 11, 2017 | Dennis Fisher
Petition Asks Supreme Court to Review Section 702 Surveillance
Privacy advocates are asking the United States Supreme Court to review the section of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act that allows the NSA to collect massive amounts of electronic communications, including some belonging to Americans. In a petition filed this week, the EFF urged the country’s highest court to look at Section 702 of FISA,…
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August 9, 2017 | Dennis Fisher
EFF Asks Court to Require Warrants For Device Searches at the Border
A case making its way through the United States court system right now could have long-lasting effects on how much–if any–privacy travelers have when they reach the border. The case revolves around the prosecution of a woman named Maria Isabel Molina-Isidoro, whose phone was searched at the U.S. border. Some of the information found on the…
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August 4, 2017 | Dennis Fisher
Mozilla Launches Send, A Secure File-Sharing Project
File-sharing has changed quite a bit since the days of the sneakernet, but it hasn’t evolved much, if at all, in the last few years. The basic concepts of emailing or uploading and sending a link to a file have remained pretty static, but now Mozilla has created a free tool that allows anyone to…
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July 24, 2017
Senator Pushes for Data on Warrantless Searches on Americans
A key member of the Senate intelligence committee is pushing the Department of Justice to disclose how often U.S. intelligence agencies are conducting so-called “backdoor” searches for data on Americans contained in raw signals intelligence. The request from Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) refers to searches that may have been conducted under the authority of Executive…
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July 21, 2017
Google to Drop Trust For WoSign in September
Google has finalized its plan to remove trust in Chrome for all certificates issued by Chines CA WoSign, a result of the certificate authority run afoul of the intricate rules that govern CAs. As far back as 2015, officials began noticing certificates issued by WoSign that had one or more problems and violated rules established…
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July 18, 2017
National Security Letter Gag Orders Legal, Appeals Court Rules
In a decision that has drawn the ire of technology providers and privacy advocates, a United States appeals court has ruled that National Security Letters and the gag orders that often come with them don’t violate the First Amendment. The ruling came down Monday and from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the result is…
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July 13, 2017
Verizon Says Data Breach Exposure Limited
Verizon has acknowledged that millions of customer records, including phone numbers and account PINs, were exposed in a misconfigured cloud database, but says no one aside from a security researcher accessed the data. The data was in an Amazon cloud bucket administered by a third-party vendor used by Verizon in Israel. Chris Vickery, a researcher…
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July 12, 2017
How Google Analyzes the Security and Privacy Behavior of Android Apps
Google has developed a new classification algorithm for mobile apps in the Play store that enables the company to group apps together based on their relative security characteristics and help users better understand what they’re installing. Known as peer group analysis, the technique relies on Google’s deep insight into the apps in the Play store and uses…
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