Should Banks Be Allowed to Robocall Your Cellphone?

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Should Banks Be Allowed to Robocall Your Cellphone?

Should Banks Be Allowed to Robocall Your Cellphone?

According to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, it’s illegal to robocall a mobile phone number without permission. The American Bankers Association wants to change that, arguing that robocalls will help fight identity theft and other kinds of fraud. Opponents say that’s an overreach, one that will erode an important consumer protection. “Gee, I can’t talk… Read More

Obama’s Data Security Plan: Do As I Say, Not As I Do

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Obama’s Data Security Plan: Do As I Say, Not As I Do

Obama’s Data Security Plan: Do As I Say, Not As I Do

“If we’re going to be connected, then we need to be protected,” President Obama proclaimed at the Federal Trade Commission on Monday. In wide-ranging remarks, the president expressed what should be a self-evident truth, but is not yet a reality in the new digital age: “As Americans, we shouldn’t have to forfeit our basic privacy… Read More

Privacy Bill of Rights Gets New Push From Obama

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Privacy Bill of Rights Gets New Push From Obama

Privacy Bill of Rights Gets New Push From Obama

Two federal laws designed to create new federal rights to privacy are part of a sweeping new set of four broad digital-age consumer protections to be proposed by the administration, President Barack Obama announced Monday. Speaking at the Federal Trade Commission, Obama announced four proposals designed to deal with a growing sense among Americans that… Read More

How the Sony Hack Is Changing the Way I Work

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How the Sony Hack Is Changing the Way I Work

How the Sony Hack Is Changing the Way I Work

If the past two years have revealed anything, it’s that every conceivable mode of communication comes with its share of serious privacy and security issues. Email can be hijacked, mail servers can be breached and malware can turn your smartphone into a peepshow. Wikileaks revealed that even our phone conversations are at risk. That said,… Read More

Is Your Christmas Present Spying on You?

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Is Your Christmas Present Spying on You?

Is Your Christmas Present Spying on You?

T’was the night after Christmas, when all through the house Every stripe of device with no need of a mouse Sent oodles of data to that Cloud in the Air While their owners slept soundly, with nary a care… When it comes to gifts from the Internet of Things department, there’s no jolly guy in… Read More

Was 2014 Really the Worst Year Ever for Privacy?

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Was 2014 Really the Worst Year Ever for Privacy?

Was 2014 Really the Worst Year Ever for Privacy?

Target. Home Depot. Michaels. And now, this Sony mess. The year 2014 will certainly be known as the year of the mega-hack, the year personal privacy took its first really big hit, right? Not so fast. We’ve been down this road before. A trip down memory lane will offer some perspective. Sure, 2014 began with… Read More

Park-n-Fly Confirms Some Customer Credit Cards Compromised

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Park-n-Fly Confirms Some Customer Credit Cards Compromised

Park-n-Fly Confirms Some Customer Credit Cards Compromised

Park-n-Fly, an Atlanta-based company that allows travelers to reserve airport parking spots, experienced a malware attack on its website that seems to have compromised customer payment information. Michael Deaderick, Park-n-Fly’s chief financial officer, told Credit.com the company hired two security firms to investigate the issue, during which they found and removed trojans from Park-n-Fly’s website. Deaderick… Read More

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