LexisNexis (which acquired ChoicePoint) is the largest data-broker in the world. They create vast profiles on people and use that information to create various reports that they sell to companies of all kinds. These reports are used to make decisions about renting, insurance and more. In the .... [Click here to read the rest of this post]Tags: Big Business, ChoicePoint, Data Brokering, LexisNexis
Apparently, they put tamper seals on the ports and plugins, but NOT the case itself. Therefore, the university was able .... [Click here to read the rest of this post]Tags: Diebold, Evoting, Sequoia
For anyone who's participated in forums, online games, or any other system where you can communicate with random strangers, you've probably encountered people who make you angry. Some are just people who you don't get along with legitimately, and some are "trolls"; people who toy with others for their amusement.
What makes people trolls is generally the .... [Click here to read the rest of this post]Tags: Consequences, Gaming, Internet, Kids, Parenting
So yesterday, we learned that OnStar tracks you even if you're not a customer and today, we learn that Facebook will track and monitor your web usage without your knowledge or permission… even if you're not logged in.
You can't use rights you don't know about or don't understand. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has posted a summary of your 4th amendment rights to deny the government permission to search you or your belongings (digital or otherwise).
It's good to know what you can .... [Click here to read the rest of this post]Tags: 4th Amendment, Cellphones, EFF, Police, Your Rights
When I teach, I explain how most of the breaches and problems you hear in the world aren't about clever hackers or sophisticated attackers, but instead about weak security. This has just become my new go-to example.
I've always thought that prisoners should be made to work to support themselves and others. Maybe the Chinese have hit on something with this:
A Yahoo article says that because women's cloths sizing is hard, they're going to nude scan them to figure out what they can wear. Seriously!?
Ms. Shaw, the entrepreneur, is chief executive of a company called MyBestFit that addresses the problem. It is setting up kiosks in malls to offer a free .... [Click here to read the rest of this post]
As anyone who reads much of my site knows, I'm not a fan of how RFID is being implemented. However, I'm not against the technology itself as it has many practical uses. For example, some hotels have begun putting washable RFID in the towels and bathrobes to keep people from stealing them.
Since the RFID towels have no privacy invading purpose at all .... [Click here to read the rest of this post]Tags: Big Business, Hotels, RFID, Theft