What happened? Today the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes into effect, ending the data protection landscape as we know it. This comprehensive privacy law applies directly to the 28 EU countries and companies established in or doing business in those countries. View Full Post
There has been an outcry over law enforcement using Amazon’s “Rekognition” facial recognition tool and integrating it with their body cameras for nearly real-time identification capabilities. CW33’s Morning Dose had cybersecurity and data privacy attorney Shawn Tuma on as a guest to discuss this issue, as seen on this video: See also:  The EU’s GDPR, devices … Continue reading Integrating Amazon’s “Rekognition” Tool with Police Body Cameras — Shawn Tuma Discusses on CW33 Morning Dose → View Full Post
ZDNet reported on May 23rd that, contrary to what the FBI told the public, we now know that instead of 7,775 encrypted smartphones being impediments to FBI criminal investigations, there are no more than 2,000. Over the last seven months, FBI Director Christopher Wray claimed that the agency couldn't access the content of 7,775 devices in 2017 — more than half of all the smartphones it tried to crack — despite having a search warrant. View Full Post
A tongue in cheek question, to be sure. The Washington Post reported on May 22nd that Amazon has been virtually giving away facial recognition tools to law enforcement agencies in Oregon and Orlando, according to documents obtained by American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, causing great concern for privacy and civil rights groups. View Full Post
The Internet of Things (IoT) will no doubt provide improbable and comic headlines like the one above for many years. Thanks to RTL reader Amelia Porges for pointing me to this story on Business Insider. Nicole Eagan, the CEO of Darktrace, told the Wall Street Journal CEO Council Conference in London recently: "There's a lot of Internet-of-things devices, everything from thermostats, refrigeration systems, HVAC systems, to people who bring in their Alexa devices into the offices. View Full Post
It was last month that I read a story about how Atlanta spent more than $2.6 million on emergency efforts to respond to a ransomware attack. The initial demand was for roughly $50,000 worth of bitcoin within a week's time. Though we don't know whether Atlanta tried to pay the ransom, the attackers took the payment portal offline and left the city to fend for itself. View Full Post
Facebook suspended 200 apps due to data privacy concerns, which it revealed earlier this week. Shawn Tuma explains some of the key points about this in the following television and radio interviews: CW33 Morning Dose talks to cybersecurity lawyer, Shawn Tuma, about Facebook suspending 200 apps Facebook suspends 200 apps following Cambridge Analytica revelations, what does … Continue reading Facebook Suspends 200 Apps for Data Privacy Concerns — What Does This Really Mean? View Full Post