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Google 'Pressure Cookers' and 'Backpacks,' Get a Visit from the Cops

Google 'Pressure Cookers' and 'Backpacks,' Get a Visit from the Cops | Tech Privacy and Security | Scoop.it
Michele was Googling pressure cookers. Her husband was looking at backpacks. So six men from a joint terrorism task force showed up at their house. How'd the government know what they were Googling? 
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Another reason to teach your children about the lack of privcy in an online world. 

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Harvard Hacked Staff E-Mails

Harvard Hacked Staff E-Mails | Tech Privacy and Security | Scoop.it
The administration searched staff e-mails to try to root out the source of leaks to the news media in a cheating scandal, and the staff members were not told until months later.
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To say the accounts were “hacked” is pretty dramatic.  It seems that more than one institutional policy was ignored throughout the course of this ongoing witch-hunt.  Maybe this will end up a model for how not to do things.

 

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Employer Access to Social Media Passwords 2013 Legislation

Employer Access to Social Media Passwords 2013 Legislation | Tech Privacy and Security | Scoop.it
Legislation in 2013 to restrict employers from requesting access to Facebook and other social media usernames and passwords of applicants, students or employees.
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If it is criminal matter, then law enforcement can use a subpoena or get a court order, in all other cases, your data should be your data.  If you do not make it public, it should be protected.

 

It would be nice to see similar legislation at the federal level.

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Google Glass security failings may threaten owner's privacy

Google Glass security failings may threaten owner's privacy | Tech Privacy and Security | Scoop.it
Augmented reality glasses could be compromised by a hacker as the device has no PIN or authentication system. By Charles Arthur
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Storm cloud emerges from EU cybersecurity strategy

Storm cloud emerges from EU cybersecurity strategy | Tech Privacy and Security | Scoop.it
While viewed as a “step in the right direction”, the EU’s new
cybersecurity strategy is criticised by experts for its lack of clarity on
ensuring the safety of cloud computing.
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Official Google Blog: Google’s approach to government requests for user data

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How Google handles request for your information.  Interesting information, but I cannot imagine how messy requests become when you involve cross-border issues.

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