what you may have missed

What You May Have Missed

1. On Wednesday, the FTC published changes to COPPA guidelines for developers of kids apps. The changes focus on how developers and app stores can ensure that parents are aware of how their kids are using them.  The new rules allow developers to verify parental consent with a credit/debit card, even if the app is…

what you may have missed

What You May Have Missed

1. Last month, a Senate subcommittee held a hearing to consider S. 2171, the Location Privacy Protection Act. Introduced by Senators Franken (D-MN) and Flake (R-AZ), the draft legislation would put limits on the commercial collection of location data from mobile devices and would also ban stalking apps. The bill requires consumers to opt in…

What you may have missed

What You May Have Missed

1. British Airways can now track your happiness level while you’re on board.  Fiber optics are woven into the blanket to measure electrical fluctuations in the brain. When your blanket turns red, it means you’re feeling anxious and when the blanket turns blue, it means you’re relaxed and happy.  And green means you’d like a…

What you may have missed

What You May Have Missed

1. When a cable operator retransmits local TV signals, it pay licensing fees to broadcasters. Aereo is a startup that streams local TV signals over the Internet by keeping individual antennas in the cloud for each of its users. This week the Supreme Court said Aereo is really a cable company and must therefore pay copyright…

what you may have missed

What You May Have Missed

1. Social networking companies have been rolling out new search capabilities that exploit all the metadata they collect.  First it was Facebook with its Graph Search. Now Linkedin has introduced its own social graph search software called Galene–the Greek goddess of calm seas. Users will be able to query Linkedin’s database of 300 million subscribers…

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The Expanding Data Universe

It’s June and half of the year is almost over. So it’s a good time for a data growth reality check.  Nearly every week, we continue to see validation in our news feed about how data is on an  exponential growth curve. Here’s more evidence: while “only” 4.4 Zettabytes of data was generated in 2013,…

What you may have missed

What You May Have Missed

1. If you liked our piece on the national health database, here’s an excellent NPR audio recording of the Diane Rehm Show, The Promise And Perils Of A New Project To Share Individual Patient Records. More than just a report about the health database, Joe Selby, Executive Director of PCORI addresses privacy rights as well…

what you may have missed

What You May Have Missed

1. According to the FTC, there are 33 states that sell de-identified patient health information that is possible to re-identify and I was sad to learn our health data is worth a measly 50 bucks. 2. At a recent FTC workshop about Consumer Generated and Controlled Health Data, they covered a range of topics, from…

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The Lowdown on PCI DSS and Two-Factor Authentication

With the big security breaches from last year on our minds and with little new information available, there’s still plenty to puzzle over. One aspect of the Target breach that left security observers scratching their heads was the ease with which the hackers were able to gain access to the internal network by just swiping…

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The NSA’s Other Security Factor: Two-Factor Authorization

We’ve already written about how Snowden took advantage of holes in the NSA’s porous security controls.  Sure, he gamed the system by either faking someone else’s credentials or by using his admin account to adjust existing user profiles. This allowed him access to documents requiring a higher security-level clearance than he’d been given. But one…