EARN IT: The Anti-Encryption Bill That Doesn’t Mention Encryption Nor Backdoors.

The US is planning on introducing a new bill that has a lot of privacy experts worried. Many have called it an “encryption backdoor” bill or an “anti-encryption” bill. On the face of it, though, it’s supposed to be a “fight child porn” bill – the word “encryption” is not mentioned even once. So why […] read more

US Appeals Court: Jail Time To Force Decryption Capped At 18 months.

The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has declared that a person who refuses to hand over encrypted data cannot be held in jail for more than 18 months. The ruling sets free a certain Francis Rawls, who has been imprisoned for 4 years because he either wouldn’t or couldn’t decrypt two hard […] read more

Facebook Alerts Possible Data Breach, Unwittingly Interferes With Investigation.

According to morningstar.com, Facebook inadvertently interfered with a terrorist investigation when it recently alerted users that their smartphones had been “hacked by an ‘advanced cyber actor'” via WhatsApp. As it turns out, the hackers were not criminals but part of a governmental “elite surveillance team” that used spyware to track suspects. At least one terrorist […] read more

Rethinking Encryption: Former Anti Strong-Encryption FBI Guy Changes His Mind.

A couple of weeks ago, Jim Baker published a long article on why the US needs strong encryption. One could call this position surprising, seeing how Baker was part of the FBI’s 2016 efforts to hamstring Apple’s iPhone encryption, a consequence of the San Bernardino terrorist incident. Baker does a good job of showing why […] read more

CEOs of Tech Companies Unironically Ask Congress for Federal Data Privacy Law.

Many media outlets are reporting that the CEOs of fifty-one “tech companies” have urged the US Congress to pass a federal data privacy law. The letter itself, from the Business Roundtable, an association which includes these fifty-one companies and others, notes that: There is now widespread agreement among companies across all sectors of the economy, […] read more

Georgia Supreme Court To Decide Precedent-Setting Data Breach Case.

According to ajc.com, lawyers argued last week, in front of Georgia’s Supreme Court justices, whether the threat of future harm to data breach victims is enough to receive compensation or if actual financial losses are necessary. This is a far cry from years past, when courts used to toss out data breach lawsuits for lack […] read more

AG Barr Says Encryption Backdoors Are Acceptable Risk.

Attorney General William Barr – the same one who concluded that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on collusion and obstruction of justice “exonerates” the sitting president (in quotations because there’s a wee bit of a controversy on whether the report actually does so; plus Barr never literally uttered the word) – gave a speech on […] read more

British Airways, Marriot To Be Fined £183m, £99m Respectively For Data Breaches.

Earlier this week, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) in the UK announced that British Airways (BA) will be fined £183 million (approximately US$228 million) for a data breach. The figure represents 1.4% of the total revenue BA earned in 2018. The airline is the first major business that has been fined under the European Union’s […] read more

HIPAA Data Breach Leads To Chapter 11 Bankruptcy For American Medical Collection Agency (AMCA).

A couple of weeks ago, Quest Diagnostics and LabCorp, two companies in the medical healthcare field, announced that they had been affected by a data breach. As it turned out, the root of the actual HIPAA data breach lay with a debt collection firm, the American Medical Collection Agency (AMCA). This week, AMCA’s parent company […] read more

Data Breach at LabCorp & Quest Diagnostics Tip of the Iceberg.

This week, two companies in the healthcare sector announced that their clients were affected by an information security breach. Both LabCorp and Quest Diagnostics were affected, and their data breaches can be traced back to AMCA (American Medical Collection Agency which also does business as Retrieval-Masters Creditors Bureau), a billing collections vendor. Many are pointing […] read more