PINDROP BLOG

Category: Privacy

July 10, 2017
Illinois Legislature Considers First of Its Kind Geolocation Privacy Law
The state of Illinois is about to put into law a bill making it illegal to track a user’s location via their phone without the consent of the user. The Illinois Geolocation Privacy Protection Act (HB 3449) was passed by the senate and house in Illinois and is expected to be signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner…
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July 6, 2017
Free Wildcard Certificates Coming From Let’s Encrypt
Let’s Encrypt, the certificate authority that provides free digital certificates for site owners, plans to expand its service soon by offering wildcard certificates, as well, beginning in January. The move is designed to enable site owners to secure their main domain, along with as many subdomains as they own, with just one certificate. Normal certificates are tied to…
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June 26, 2017
FCC Ringless Voicemail Petition Is Dead
A company seeking to exempt ringless voicemails from rules that govern the use of robocalls has withdrawn the petition it submitted to the FCC. A marketing firm called All About the Message filed the petition in March, asking the FCC to declare that ringless voicemails aren’t actually calls. The petition contends that because the voicemails don’t…
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June 20, 2017
EU Parliament Seeks Ban on Crypto Backdoors
The European Parliament is considering a draft proposal that would effectively prohibit the introduction of backdoors in encryption systems and other kinds of interference with confidential information. The proposal, introduced before the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, comes at a time when legislators in a number of countries are discussing the…
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June 19, 2017
California Lawmaker Seeks to Restore Broadband Privacy Rule
Three months after Congress voted to repeal some privacy protections that prevented ISPs from sharing customers’ browsing history and other sensitive data without consent, a California legislator has introduced a bill in the state assembly that would restore those protections. The federal legislation passed in March essentially rolled back a rule that the FCC had…
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June 15, 2017
Democrats Ask FCC to Dump Ringless Voicemails
A group of Democrats is asking the FCC to prevent robocalls telemarketers and political candidates from being able to use ringless voicemails to deliver their messages to consumers. The use of ringless voicemails is a controversial technique, because it allows callers to deliver voicemails directly to consumers without actually ringing their phones. Rather than using…
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June 14, 2017
FBI Seeks $21M to Counter Encryption
The FBI is asking for more than $20 million in the 2018 fiscal year budget to counter what the bureau sees as the threat of encryption, both in devices and in real-time communications tools such as text or voice apps. The request is part of the Department of Justice’s proposed budget for the next fiscal…
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June 13, 2017
Government Set to Release Declassified FISC Opinions
The Department of Justice today is set to release a set of documents detailing previously classified opinions from the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court regarding government surveillance of U.S. citizens. The release is the result of a FOIA request and lawsuit filed by the EFF in 2016 and the opinions are directly related to the…
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June 7, 2017
Apple Announces New Anti-Tracking Feature for Safari
Apple on Monday announced new technology for its Safari browser called Intelligent Tracking Prevention that reduces cross-site tracking by further limiting cookies and other website data. This decreases the amount of tracking advertisements that advertisers can use on Safari’s desktop and mobile browsers, currently the fourth most popular desktop browser and most popular mobile browser.…
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June 5, 2017
Supreme Court Will Consider Phone Privacy Case
The U.S. Supreme Court will consider a case that has become a privacy touchstone and hinges on whether law enforcement agencies need to get a warrant in order to track a suspect’s movements with cell phone GPS data. The case involves a series of armed robberies and the defendant’s convictions were partially supported by cell location…
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