PINDROP BLOG

Category: Privacy

February 13, 2017
The Joy and Pain of RSA Week
It’s that time of year again, when the security industry looks westward with a mixture of anxiety, dread, and expense-account induced giddiness: RSA week. When people who have never been to the RSA Conference before ask me what to expect, I never have a good answer. A lot of it depends on what your job…
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February 10, 2017
Senators Push Trump Administration for Clarity on Privacy Act
A group of influential lawmakers, including Sen. Ed Markey and Sen. Ron Wyden, are pressing the Trump administration for answers about how an executive order that includes changes to the Privacy Act will affect non-U.S. persons and whether the administration plans to release immigrants’ private data. The letter comes from six senators who are concerned about…
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February 7, 2017
House Passes Bill to Require Warrant for Old Emails
The House of Representatives has passed the Email Privacy Act, which requires law enforcement agencies to get a search warrant in order to obtain emails and some other stored records that are older than six months. The legislation is an effort to modify the old Electronic Communications Privacy Act to reflect the way that service…
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February 6, 2017
Vizio Settles FTC Charges Over Data Collection
Vizio has settled charges with the FTC and the state of New Jersey that it secretly collected TV owners’ viewing data, and will pay a $2.2 million fine and delete the data it gathered. The settlement is the result of Vizio using proprietary software that continuously tracked what TV owners were watching and sent the…
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February 1, 2017
How WhatsApp Rolled Out Encryption While Still Killing Spam
OAKLAND–WhatsApp has enjoyed tremendous growth in the last couple of years, a trend that accelerated even further when the company announced it was implementing end-to-end encryption on its messaging service. But that rollout also raised a serious issue for the company: how to identify spammers without access to the contents of users’ messages. Like most messaging services,…
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January 30, 2017
Google Wants to Encrypt the Web. Now.
OAKLAND–The security engineers at Google have spent years working on improving the security and reliability of Chrome, and it’s had a remarkable effect. They’re not satisfied with just raising the security bar for one browser, though, and now are pushing the rest of the industry and the web community at large to get with the program.…
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January 30, 2017
Facebook Unveils Delegated Recovery Account Security System
OAKLAND–Facebook has developed a new account-recovery system that eschews the typical communications channels used for this process, and instead relies on a user’s connections with other services. The scheme allows users to regain access to accounts without providing any identifiable information to other services. The Delegated Recovery system, which Facebook introduced at the Enigma conference here…
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January 26, 2017
Chrome 56 Debuts With Insecure Page Warnings
Google has released a major update to its Chrome browser, which includes fixes for 51 vulnerabilities and marks the end of Flash and the beginning of warnings about pages that send sensitive information over plaintext connections. Chrome 56 has a number of security related upgrades, aside from the patches. The biggest change is that the…
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January 26, 2017
Executive Order Excludes Non-US Persons From Privacy Act Protections
Buried deep within the executive order on immigration policy that President Trump issued Wednesday is a section that significantly alters the way that the Privacy Act will be applied going forward. A small section of the executive order, which mostly focuses on changes to immigration policy and enforcement, lays out a change that will force…
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January 24, 2017
Firefox Starts Marking Insecure Pages That Send Sensitive Data
The fight against the unencrypted web is gaining more and more momentum, with the latest volley coming from Mozilla, which has made a significant change in the latest version of Firefox to give users more information about insecure pages. In Firefox 51, released Tuesday, Mozilla includes a feature that marks as insecure pages that ask for…
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