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  • Spying Boss

    4 Signs Your Boss Is Spying on YouPrivacy

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    Chances are, your boss is keeping an eye on you. In fact, the American Management Association (AMA) reports that 43% of companies actively monitor employee emails and roughly the same number track the time you spend on the phone and who you call (16% go so far as to record those calls). Nearly half of companies say they use video to reduce theft and workplace sabotage. Workplace monitoring is nothing new, of course. Bosses have probably been […]

  • Privacy and security

    8 Ways to Protect Your Privacy OnlineData Security, Privacy

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    The only sure thing in the world of information security is that there is no such thing as a failsafe solution. It’s crucial not only to keep abreast of the latest threats out there, but to also act as though the mission is to find your way to safety from the middle of a lawless demilitarized zone that’s lousy with enemy snipers. Sound extreme? Remember that Cold War classic “A Few Good Men” when Colonel […]

  • iPhone Privacy

    Privacy vs. Security: Where Should We Draw the Encrypted Line in the Sand?Data Security, Privacy

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    The recent Game of Phones between the FBI and Apple underscored an area in our jurisprudence that is screaming for more clarity. If there is a tipping point when the protection of consumer privacy should yield to the needs of a criminal investigation, where is it? Few will dispute the obvious cases where the Constitutional rights of a citizen are disrupted by a judge who knows (or at least has access to) the legal precedents […]

  • INFOGRAPHIC: Where the 2016 Presidential Candidates Stand on CybersecurityData Security, Privacy, Technology

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    In the 2016 presidential race, Cybersecurity has clearly taken a backseat to issues like terrorism, healthcare, and campaign finance. In a 12-month period that has seen the biggest government hack ever (the OPM data breach), a 47 percent increase in identity theft, and a proposed $19 billion security cybersecurity initiative, it’s crucial to know where the candidates stand on issues of security, privacy, and technology. Check out the infographic below to see where the candidates stand: […]

  • Data Security

    How Much Credit Monitoring Are You Entitled to After a Data Breach?Data Security, Privacy, Identity Theft

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    Given all of the big-name data breaches that have occurred during the past few years, there’s a good chance your personal or payment information has been compromised. There’s also a chance you’ve been offered some type of identity protection, usually in the form of free credit monitoring, by the company that suffered the breach. But how much (and what type of) protection are they legally required to provide? Well, chances are, the answer is zero. The […]

  • Identity

    OPM breach lends urgency for new laws to protect individual privacyPrivacy

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    When it comes to losing data to hackers, the federal government appears to have much more leeway than private corporations in deciding what to disclose—and when. That point has been driven home by developments in the breach of Uncle Sam’s human resources agency, the Office of Personnel Management. On Friday, as major news outlets wound down for the weekend, an unnamed U.S. official disclosed to The Associated Press that data thieves took records for up […]

  • More Americans Live Under Cloud of ‘Data Uncertainty’Privacy

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    From government surveillance and behavior-based advertising, to social media and search-engine tracking, there are plenty of ways for Americans to lose their privacy online. With such a long trail of digital crumbs that online users leave behind, are they even worried anymore about losing privacy, or is that par for the course in the digital age? Turns out, the majority of Americans still place high value on their privacy. Yet few are confident that the […]

  • White House

    White House Privacy Bill Faces Long Road AheadGovernment, Privacy

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    The recently released White House Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights discussion draft may give consumers better protections than currently available in the United States. But it has too many loopholes and weak enforcement, privacy experts say. And even the Federal Trade Commission — which ultimately would enforce the legislation — has criticized the draft. A fact sheet released by the White House acknowledges the need for strong consumer information protection, as more and more data […]

  • Is Your Smart TV Listening to You?Privacy

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    “Samsung may collect and your device may capture voice commands and associated texts so that we can provide you with Voice Recognition features and evaluate and improve the features. Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party through your use of Voice Recognition. If you do not enable Voice Recognition, you will not be able […]

  • Children and data

    Is Big Data Already Tracking Your Kindergartner?Privacy, Technology

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    You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who disagrees that America’s schools are in need of serious reform. And it’s an obvious leap to think technology is the fast lane to improvement. “Ed-tech” is where some of America’s thorniest issues collide, however. Big Brother. Marketing to kids. Privacy. Boondoggles. Attention deficit disorder. Teacher accountability. As a result, ed-tech is where a lot of early tech ideas go to die. The Los Angeles Unified School District has […]

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