SafeShare takes EFSS to a whole new level
US communications agency plans cybersecurity boost to protect Internet of Things
Crash testing vulnerable IoT devices

Privacy Mindfulness

Personal information, particularly health care information, is being exposed in more places, through more “things” and to more people every day, which is creating new risks for people, businesses, health care organizations, governments and society as a whole. People all around the world are more concerned than ever about their privacy and the security of the personal information they share with others, with good reason.

The coming of age of privacy awareness is imminent.  The question for today is “will you express your opinion and take action?”

Source: Blogs | StaySafeOnline.org

Thanks to StaySafeOnline

The Impact of Trust on IoT

  • Privacy – or a lack of it – is what drives concern about IoT in the USA (70%) and France (69%) versus a global average of 62%
  • While around the world 54% name security their number one concern, in the UK it’s significantly higher (67%)
  • 65% of Chinese and 61% of South African mobile users demand transparency from wearables providers over the use of their data compared to 52% worldwide
  • 17% of Indians don’t want their TV to be connected to the internet compared to just 10% of the global sample.

Source: IOT Report 2016

Thanks to MEF – Mobile Ecosystem Forum

Big Data vs. Privacy: A balancing act

How can businesses continue to respect privacy concerns while still permitting the use of big data to drive business value?

Companies will now have an even greater obligation to protect the personal information entrusted to them, no matter how it’s processed’

Big data use is expected to grow exponentially in the next few years now that the noise and excitement over the volumes of data we have at our fingertips are starting to be replaced by action and practical experimentation, and many organizations start to really capitalize on their investments in analytics, data collection and storage.

The facts of Internet life in 2017 are that privacy still seems unimportant to most users, but the increasing number of incidents of abuse and cyber crime will attract more and more public attention.

Source: Big Data vs. Privacy: A balancing act

Thanks to Predictive Analytics Times

Microsoft tries to soothe regulators and critics with new privacy controls

“In the past year, regulators and privacy advocates have taken potshots at Microsoft over its data collection policies. Today, Microsoft announced some new privacy-related initiatives, including a significant change to the way Windows 10 collects telemetry data.”

It remains to be seen whether attention to privacy and the issues that surround it in 2017 will continue to attract more attention and concern.  Hopefully!

Source: Microsoft tries to soothe regulators and critics with new privacy controls | ZDNet

Thanks to ZDNet

If 2015 was historic for privacy, then 2016 was pivotal

Privacy issues and the privacy conversation are not going away in spite of the public laissez-faire attitudes that don’t seem to change until there’s a hack, identity theft, or financial loss.  Each major announcement seems to be met with public outcry and demands for legislation, but little seems to happen to change the overall perception of “it won’t happen to me”.

Source: If 2015 was historic for privacy, then 2016 was pivotal

Thanks to Privacy Perspectives

Uber said it protects you from spying. Security sources say otherwise

For anyone who’s snagged a ride with Uber, Ward Spangenberg has a warning: Your personal information is not safe.Internal Uber employees helped ex-boyfriends stalk their ex-girlfriends and searched for the trip information of celebrities such as Beyoncé, the company’s former forensic investigator said.“Uber’s lack of security regarding its customer data was resulting in Uber employees being able to track high profile politicians, celebrities, and even personal acquaintances of Uber employees, including ex-boyfriends/girlfriends, and ex-spouses,” Spangenberg wrote in a court declaration, signed in October under penalty of perjury.

One would think that the passenger would have some expectation of privacy, but in the case of Uber technology, the personal information connected to the passenger is part and parcel of their service model.   So how can the company protect its riders from the questionable activities of their employees who have access to rider data?

Source: Uber said it protects you from spying. Security sources say otherwise | Reveal

Thanks to Reveal

Google launches first developer preview of Android Things, its new IoT platform

Google today announced Android Things, its new comprehensive IoT platform for building smart devices on top of Android APIs and Google’s own services.

Watch for a variety of tool-kits that will simplify the inter-operability AND security between IoT devices the methods we use to talk to them:  Smartphones, tablets, and traditional desktops and laptops.

Source: Google launches first developer preview of Android Things, its new IoT platform

Thanks to TechCrunch

The impact of the Internet of Things on product development

Transform your engineering processes and tools to gain a competitive advantage from the Internet of Things

IoT design will ultimately improve simplicity, functionality, and (Yes, Virginia) security!

Source: The impact of the Internet of Things on product development – Embedded Computing Design

Thanks to IoT Design

Facebook developed secret software to censor user posts in China

“Software developed with Mark Zuckerberg’s support will allow third parties to monitor and suppress the visibility of posts.”

Interesting revelation in light of the fact that SafeJunction technology is designed to accomplish a similar result, but with user CONTROL over the viewing rather than a third-party government or authority.  Sounds like a money grabbing sellout of individual privacy.  But that’s probably what a Chinese citizen would expect anyway.  Right?

A SafeJunction privatized message could only be viewed by others who were pre-selected by the user/sender in advance.  But if third-party surveillance was a matter of law, our technology would be illegal to use.  Encryption would be illegal.  Privacy would be unavailable.

What is the world coming to!

Source: Facebook developed secret software to censor user posts in China, report says | Technology | The Guardian

Social Networking Sites May Be Monitored By Security Services

Thanks to The Guardian

 

Symantec to acquire LifeLock for $2.3B

Security company will combine identity protection service with Norton.

As 2016 wanes, “the year of privacy” finally has a significant event to teach us that privacy has finally come of age.  The $2.3B LifeLock acquisition marks the maturing of an industry that has struggled to find a place in mainstream Internet life.  Countless articles about the end of privacy and the public’s seeming lack of concern about personal information and data has been common theme for many years.

May be this event signals a change in all that.

Source: Symantec to acquire LifeLock for $2.3B

Thanks to USA Today