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7 min ago | TechCrunch

BitTorrent's Encrypted P2P Chat App Bleep Open To The Public, Adds Mac, Android Clients

In the rush of new services for consumers that are concerned about their data privacy, make room for another messaging apps. Peer-to-peer file distribution service BitTorrent is today announcing the public availability of Bleep - its encrypted P2P chat app for voice calls and texts that is still in alpha - with Mac and Android apps now available to download in addition to the existing Windows app that had previously been in an invite-only, closed alpha.

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Related Topix: Science / Technology, P2P

4 hrs ago | Dark Reading

Data Privacy Etiquette: It's Not Just For Kids

Children are the innocent victims of the worst effects of social media. That's why it's vital for adults to establish privacy values that are safe for them -- and the rest of us.

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Related Topix: Kids, Science / Technology

5 hrs ago | JD Supra

Planet of the Drones: The Evolution of Privacy Laws in Light of Emerging Drone Technology

Unmanned Aerial Systems , more popularly known as drones, are a complex and transformative technology that has demonstrated its value in military applications across the globe. Although the Federal Aviation Administration virtually precludes all civilian commercial drone use and general flight above 400 feet in the United States, domestic drone operators are taking their systems to the skies within the FAA's limitations.

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Related Topix: US News, Federal Aviation Administration, Prison, Criminal Defense Law, Law

7 hrs ago | BetaNews

Internet users say they want privacy but behave like they don't

We all say that we want privacy and security online, yet we indulge in potentially risky behaviors that put this in jeopardy according to a recent study commissioned by Trend Micro and released to coincide with the launch of its Internet Security 2015 product. Activity like browsing suspect websites and allowing apps to access public information from their social media profiles puts people's privacy at risk.

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Related Topix: Computer Security, Trend Micro, Science / Technology, Mobile Armor, Software

8 hrs ago | ComputerWorld

How IT should prep for iOS 8

Although Apple has incrementally improved business and enterprise functions with every iOS release, three releases were particularly significant for business users and the IT professionals that support them: iOS 2 , which introduced support for Exchange ActiveSync and configuration profiles; iOS 4, which introduced Apple's mobile management and app encryption APIs and helped launch the MDM/EMM industry; and last year's iOS 7 , which ratcheted up enterprise security and management capabilities. iOS 8 isn't as paradigm shifting as those releases.

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Related Topix: Apple, Startups, iPhone

Tue Sep 16, 2014

VentureBeat

Feds nail Yelp for violating kids' privacy rights

When it comes to violating children's rights online, the Federal Trade Commission picked not a mobile gaming company to hit, as rumored, but Yelp. Virtual customer review stalwart Yelp, based in San Francisco, said it paid $450,000 to the FTC for collecting names and other identifiers of children without their consent, a clear violation of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.

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Related Topix: Yelp, Startups, Kids, Family

News Max

Racial, Ethnic Disclosure Rules Anger Gun Advocates

Gun advocates are outraged that the Obama administration has quietly begun requiring people buying weapons for the first time to disclose their race and ethnicity, charging that it violates privacy and could lead to racial profiling. "This issue concerns me deeply because, first, it's offensive, and, secondly, there's no need for it," Evan Nappen, a firearms lawyer in private practice in New Jersey, told The Washington Times on Tuesday.

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Related Topix: New Jersey, US News, ATF

JD Supra

France About to Embark on a Cookies Sweep Day

During the week of September 1519, 2014, France's privacy regulator, the Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Liberts , is organizing a "cookies sweep day" to examine compliance with its guidelines on cookies and other online trackers. Starting in October 2014, the CNIL will also be conducting onsite and remote inspections to verify compliance with its guidelines on cookies.

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JD Supra

Behind the Great Firewall Of Ediscovery In Asia

When dealing with US requests for data subject to ediscovery rules in Asia, corporate counsel at multinational corporations must be on top of their game. Managing ediscovery in the United States alone presents a significant set of challenges; however, take it to Asia, and you face a region of highly varied data privacy laws, a myriad of jurisdictional assertions and a series of blocking statutes that prohibit cross-border data transfer.

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Related Topix: Prison

JD Supra

Europe Not Yet Satisfied with Adequacy of Quebec's Privacy Law

On June 4, 2014, the Article 29 Working Party issued a report to the European Commission regarding an application by the Province of Qubec, Canada for status as a jurisdiction providing an adequate level of protection for the purposes of transfer and processing of personal data from the European Union. WP 29 is made up of representatives of European Union member states.

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Forbes.com

Widespread Android Vulnerability 'A Privacy Disaster', Claim Researchers

I've been breaking news and writing features about security and privacy for major publications since 2010. Now a freelancer, I've been working for The Guardian, Vice Motherboard, Wired UK, BBC.com and now Forbes.

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Related Topix: Computer Security, Science / Technology, Wireless

Law.com

The ADR Provisions of EU Privacy Laws

Companies doing business globally have a variety of complex issues to deal with, not the least of which is concern about the security of personal data collected from their customers. In 1995, the European Union issued Directive 95/46/EC, the Data Protection Directive , concerning the protection of individuals with regard to the processing and transfer of personal data.

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WIS-TV Columbia

Mother of slain children was referred to Sistercare by local DSS

Amber Jones, the mother of five slain Lexington County children, was referred to Sistercare three times by the Department of Social Services. "They refer to our shelter if there's some imminent danger level to the mother or kids," Nancy Barton of Sistercare said.

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Related Topix: Lexington County, SC, Kids, Family, Domestic Violence (Domestic Abuse), Law

Mon Sep 15, 2014

National Journal

A 3D facial recognition program is demonstrated during the Biometrics ...

The Next Generation Identification System, a controversial biometric database which relies heavily on facial-recognition technology, is now fully operational, the agency announced Monday. The program is designed to help law enforcement officials identify criminal suspects, but it has endured repeated scrutiny from civil-liberties groups that say the database will endanger the privacy of everyday citizens guilty of no wrongdoing.

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Related Topix: Prison

JD Supra

Between the 'Like' Button and a Hard Place: Understanding the...

Companies commonly utilize Facebook as part of their online social media advertising strategy. Companies should revisit this strategy in light of a recent finding in the Northern California U.S. District Court ).

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Related Topix: Startups, Facebook, Social Software

AlertNet

App developers seek clearer U.S. health data privacy guidelines

Developers of apps for mobile devices are asking a U.S. agency to clarify its rules for protecting patient health information to reflect the fast-evolving technology. On Monday, a consortium of start-ups including CareSync, AirStrip and AngelMD, sent a letter to Pennsylvania Republican Representative Tom Marino, to express their frustration at the lack of developer-friendly online resources surrounding the privacy rules, known as HIPAA.

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Related Topix: US Politics, US News, Republican, US House of Representatives, Representative Tom Marino, Medicine, Healthcare Law, Law

JD Journal

Cameron F. Kerry Joins Sidley Austin as Senior Counsel

Summary: The law firm of Sidley Austin has announced that Cameron F. Kerry has joined the firm as Senior Counsel in both the D.C. and Boston offices of the firm. The law firm of Sidley Austin LLP has announced that Cameron F. Kerry has joined the firm as senior counsel in the Privacy, Data Security and Information Law practice, according to a press release.

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JD Supra

Proposed FERPA Update Would Strengthen Student Data Privacy

On July 30, 2014, two U.S. senators introduced the Protecting Student Privacy Act , which would update the sections of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act that deal with protecting the privacy of students' education records. The proposed legislation is a response to concerns about recent changes to FERPA that allowed increased use and sharing of student data by private companies, as well as concerns raised by the use of cloud-storage services by school districts for data collection and analysis.

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Related Topix: Education Etc.

Silicon Alley Insider

Connecticut Attorney General Questions Apple On Health Data Privacy

Connecticut's attorney general has called for a meeting with Apple over concerns about the privacy of health data collected by the Apple Watch. "When new technologies emerge in consumer markets they inevitably lead to new questions, including questions about privacy," Attorney General Jepsen said.

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CIO

FTC warns of using big data to exclude consumers

The collection and analysis of big data holds great promise, but may also lead some companies to create profiles of consumers leading to discrimination, the chairwoman of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission said Monday. The FTC is "committed to rigorous enforcement" of current law related to data privacy and discriminatory practices, but companies, U.S. policymakers and other groups need to have a deeper discussion about fair big data practices, FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez said during an agency workshop on big data and discrimination .

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Related Topix: Criminal Defense Law, Law

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