Privacy

The Joy and Pain of RSA Week
Identity, Privacy

The Joy and Pain of RSA Week

It’s that time of year again, when the security industry looks westward with a mixture of anxiety, dread, and expense-account induced giddiness: RSA week. When people who have never been to the RSA Conference before ask me what to expect, I never have a good answer. A lot of it […]

House Passes Bill to Require Warrant for Old Emails
Privacy

House Passes Bill to Require Warrant for Old Emails

The House of Representatives has passed the Email Privacy Act, which requires law enforcement agencies to get a search warrant in order to obtain emails and some other stored records that are older than six months. The legislation is an effort to modify the old Electronic Communications Privacy Act to […]

Vizio Settles FTC Charges Over Data Collection
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Vizio Settles FTC Charges Over Data Collection

Vizio has settled charges with the FTC and the state of New Jersey that it secretly collected TV owners’ viewing data, and will pay a $2.2 million fine and delete the data it gathered. The settlement is the result of Vizio using proprietary software that continuously tracked what TV owners […]

Google Wants to Encrypt the Web. Now.
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Google Wants to Encrypt the Web. Now.

OAKLAND–The security engineers at Google have spent years working on improving the security and reliability of Chrome, and it’s had a remarkable effect. They’re not satisfied with just raising the security bar for one browser, though, and now are pushing the rest of the industry and the web community at large […]

Facebook Unveils Delegated Recovery Account Security System
Authentication, Privacy

Facebook Unveils Delegated Recovery Account Security System

OAKLAND–Facebook has developed a new account-recovery system that eschews the typical communications channels used for this process, and instead relies on a user’s connections with other services. The scheme allows users to regain access to accounts without providing any identifiable information to other services. The Delegated Recovery system, which Facebook introduced […]

Chrome 56 Debuts With Insecure Page Warnings
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Chrome 56 Debuts With Insecure Page Warnings

Google has released a major update to its Chrome browser, which includes fixes for 51 vulnerabilities and marks the end of Flash and the beginning of warnings about pages that send sensitive information over plaintext connections. Chrome 56 has a number of security related upgrades, aside from the patches. The […]