A Privacy Solution That Combines Decentralization and Cryptocurrency
By Jackson Chen
With the market for virtual privacy networks growing to more than $25 billion last year, a field of established brand-name providers has dominated the market.
As major virtual private network (VPN) providers all include their own vulnerabilities, one platform seeks to offer a decentralized privacy solution that runs off cryptocurrency.
Orchid, a peer-to-peer privacy network that uses its own cryptocurrency — OXT — for payment, was launched in December.
Continue reading “Q&A: Orchid VPN Co-Founder Steven Waterhouse”
ND Coronavirus App Caught Sharing Data With NYC Location Firm; Judge: Police Just Turning on Cellphone Qualifies as a Search; Data From 40M Wishbone App Users Leaked Online; States Suspending Public-Records Access Over COVID-19. Click “Read more” below.
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By Samantha Cleaver
Schools across the country started closing because of COVID-19 in mid-March.
But earlier this month, Montana Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock gave schools the option of re-opening for the rest of the school year. He was the first U.S. governor to do so.
Continue reading “As Schools Plan Re-Openings, Privacy Is a Consideration”
Facebook to Pay $9M to Settle Canadian Privacy Probe; NSO Group Impersonated Facebook to Help Clients Hack Targets; CDC: U.S. Schools Should Reopen With Social Distancing Once Goals Are Met; Study: 97% of US Companies Plan to Increase Data-Privacy Spending This Year. Click “Continue reading” below.
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By Robert Bateman
The U.K. is developing a contract-tracing app designed to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
But privacy experts have identified vulnerabilities that could leave users’ privacy at risk.
Continue reading “Experts Say UK’s Pilot COVID-19 App Has Privacy, Security Flaws”
ACLU Warns Against COVID Screening Tools; ADT Camera Systems Allowed for Surreptitious Home Spying, Lawsuit Says; Equifax to Pay $30.5M in Settlement With Banks Over 2017 Breach; States Accused of Fudging or Bungling COVID-19 Testing Data; The New York Times to End Third-Party Advertising Data. Click “Continue reading” below.
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By Joanne Cleaver
As travel resumes, what health and itinerary information will be attached to individuals’ documents?
The travel industry has its gloved hands full as it rethinks and reorganizes its mission, functions, design and operations.
A top priority for a consortium of industry trade groups, led by the U.S. Travel Association, includes new types of identifications and related processes for ticketing, check-ins and payments.
Continue reading “Travel Industry Weighs Privacy, Safety in Re-Opening Polices”
ACLU, 51 Groups Urge US House to Take Up FISA Amendment; FBI Chief Rips Apple for Not Helping Crack Florida Shooter’s iPhones; Nigerian Crime Ring Siphoned Millions in US Unemployment Money During Pandemic; Germany’s Data Chief Spurns WhatsApp Over Facebook Fears. Click “Continue reading” below.
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By Myrle Croasdale
Infrared tracking technology now is adding to the data-privacy discussion.
A Johns Hopkins University clinical and engineering team recently released a study that used detailed patient-mobility data to predict lengths of stay, the level of care patients needed when discharged and the likelihood of them being readmitted within 30 days.
Continue reading “Patients May Benefit From Infrared Location Tracking, But at What Cost?”
‘Data Can Be Used to Create Social Movements’
By Terry Collins
The race is on for Data 4 Black Lives co-founder Yeshimabeit Milner, who admits time is of the essence.
She’s desperately seeking critical information on how many African Americans have contracted and died from COVID-19.
Mostly known as a privacy advocate seeking to abolish big data that she believes leads to social and political oppression, Milner’s group of engineers, data scientists and community leaders are making a hard pivot.
Continue reading “Q&A: Data 4 Black Lives’ Yeshimabeit Milner”