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It’s privacy vs. innovation as Google collects data on 50 million medical patients

Google and health care provider organization Ascension have publicly confirmed a recent report that the two companies have embarked on a massive initiative to aggregate the data of roughly 50 million patients and store it on the cloud. The companies say it will improve patient care and administration, but the strategy has also sparked concern…

With election on horizon, U.K.’s Labour Party contends with DDoS attacks

The U.K. Labour Party’s digital platforms have been the target of distributed denial of service attack activity since yesterday, impeding access to the political body’s main website. The initial wave of DDoS attacks took place on Nov. 11. Multiple news reports today quoted a Labour Party spokesperson as saying that the barrage of fake traffic…

Automakers pen 'privacy principles' for in-car technology

California DMV exposed drivers’ SSN details to federal gov’t officials

For at least the last four years, the California Department of Motor Vehicles had mistakenly given seven government entities access to Social Security number information pertaining to roughly 3,200 drivers and license applicants, the state agency has admitted in a data breach notification. “You are being sent the attached Notice regarding the disclosure of Social…

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Facebook app developers told to delete group member info

For the last 18 months some of Facebook’s developers have had access to private user information contained within some of the social media site’s groups. The information was accessible through the Facebook Group’s API which allowed those developing apps for a group to see information such as names and profile pictures in connection with group…

Steyer aide resigns after accessing volunteer data collected by Harris campaign

Presidential candidate Tom Steyer’s campaign said it doesn’t possess the volunteer voter data collected by Sen. Kamala Harris’s campaign that was lifted by Steyer aide Dwane Sims, who accessed the information via an account he had while working with the South Carolina Democratic Party. “We take this matter very seriously, and that is why we…

Report: Hotel chain modifies bed-facing robots to prevent unwanted spying

A Japanese hotel chain that offers in-room robots as an amenity has reportedly modified the technology to prevent snoops from eavesdropping on guests, after an independent researcher publicly exposed a potential exploit. In making the change, travel company H.I.S. Hotel Group conceded that individuals could gain unauthorized access to its 100 Tapia robots at the…

Georgia Supreme Court rules that collection of vehicular data requires warrant

The Georgia Supreme Court yesterday ruled that law enforcement must obtain a warrant before pulling data from an automobile as part of a crash investigation, overturning a verdict previously rendered and later upheld by lower courts. The decision stems from the criminal case Mobley v. State, in which defendant Victor Mobley was convicted of two…

In growing market for genetic data, privacy implications prove lasting

Barr proposes expanding the collection DNA samples for immigrants, creating database

A Justice Department proposal to collect DNA samples from around 748,000 immigrants who cross the border annually would create a database that ostensibly would be used to fight crime but is being criticized by rights advocates as a particularly personal invasion of privacy that could be misused to pursue immigrants and their family members. “It’s…

Mind Your Own Business Act beefs up privacy protections, gives consumers dominion over data, punishes execs

The Mind Your Own Business Act, privacy legislation introduced by Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Friday, aims to protect data and punish corporate executives who abuse it. Billed by Wyden as going further than the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the bill would let consumers control how their data is used – in a single click…

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