Latest Privacy News

News on digital privacy and data protection.

CityVision, the magazine of the Association of Washington Cities, carried a nice quick look at our PrivacyModeling tool in their March/April issue.

Here's how the magazine sees the tool being used:

The tool’s target user is someone who doesn’t know a lot about privacy laws working outside of their expertise. It enables people to educate themselves on privacy law in a user-friendly manner, organizing its database according to 31 categories of personally identifiable information (PII). When users filter through those categories, the tool generates a... Read more

Interesting speeches from the floor of the house on HB 2200, which would apply privacy protection rules on ISP's similar to those congress just eliminated at the federal level.

Here's a selection of the floor speeches on final adoption:

 

The Seattle Times has published an opinion piece by Alex Alben, our Chief Privacy Officer, on privacy and neutrality in broadband internet access.

"Just as our state has attempted to pave its own way on climate change and immigration, it is time to consider how we might preserve both privacy and digital access in an increasingly hostile national environment" wriites Alben.

Alex Alben, Washington's Chief Privacy Officer, testified today in the state legislature on House Bill 2200, concerning the privacy and security of internet users.

The bill would apply (via state law) the major elements of the recently-repealed FCC privacy rules for broadband intenet access carriers.

Here's the video of the testimony:

 

 

There's a practical gem of a story in the back pages of the Wall Street Journal for Tuesday March 21st. It's called "How to Secure Your Smart Home", and it includes a simple set of five tips to help regular people protect their home routers from cyberattack. The tips include things like turning your router off occasionally to erase malware that may have made it into memory; enabling automatic updates from the manufacturer; and resetting the "admin" password that people often neglect to change. If you're not a subscriber you'll only see part of the story, so consider looking it up in your... Read more

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