(George)

Conflicts In Patient Privacy Laws Often Leave Student Health Records Vulnerable

When a college student seeks medical treatment at a campus healthcare facility, they probably expect they will be afforded the same discretion as all consumer are under HIPAA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act). But thanks to a separate, often conflicting federal law, that isn’t always the case. [More]

Facebook Updates Search Function; Now Is A Great Time To Run And Check All Your Privacy Settings

Facebook Updates Search Function; Now Is A Great Time To Run And Check All Your Privacy Settings

Facebook search is… well, kind of a joke. It can tell you which 400 people in your area have similar names to that one person you want to connect to but aren’t quite them, but it’s not great for finding that post you really, really wanted to dig up from last year with that article you half-remember. Until now. [More]

A sample of the notice Facebook will send out to users who are targets of state-sponsored attacks.

Facebook Will Now Alert You If You’re The Victim Of A Government-Sponsored Cyber Attack

Are you sick of those boring old Facebook notices for birthdays, group updates, event invites, and even the occasional “poke” from someone who still thinks it’s 2007? Maybe you need some international intrigue to liven up your day. Thankfully, Facebook will be there to let you know if your profile has been targeted by a government-sponsored cyber attack. [More]

Security Researcher Successfully Steals Home WiFi Passwords By Hacking Into Tea Kettles

Security Researcher Successfully Steals Home WiFi Passwords By Hacking Into Tea Kettles

While it might be super convenient to have everything in your home connected to the Internet, that interconnectivity can also give attackers a chance to sneak in through seemingly innocent devices. Take the humble tea kettle: a security researcher in England has been hacking into smart kettles across the country and gaining access to private WiFi networks. [More]

Consumer, Privacy Groups Urge Federal Regulators To Investigate T-Mobile/Experian Hack

Consumer, Privacy Groups Urge Federal Regulators To Investigate T-Mobile/Experian Hack

A week after Experian revealed that hackers stole personal information for around 15 million consumers from a database of T-Mobile customers and applicants held by the credit reporting agency, a group of 25 consumer and privacy advocates are demanding that federal regulators open an investigation into the breach.
[More]

California Realizes Maybe It’s Not Such A Good Idea To Print Full Social Security Numbers On Mailed Documents

California Realizes Maybe It’s Not Such A Good Idea To Print Full Social Security Numbers On Mailed Documents

Earlier this year, a California state agency was heavily criticized for tempting identity thieves by printing full Social Security numbers on millions of documents it mailed out to state residents. Making matters worse, the agency didn’t really seem to understand why this might be a problem. After a few months to think about it, the bureaucrats appear to have finally come around. [More]

Coming Soon To An AOL Ad Network Near You: All That Data Verizon Collects On Mobile Users

Coming Soon To An AOL Ad Network Near You: All That Data Verizon Collects On Mobile Users

When Verizon first announced its plans to acquire AOL back in May, jokes abounded. The name “AOL” still conjures the sound of modems screeching and a friendly digital voice announcing haltingly, “You’ve got mail!” It does not, on the other hand, immediately inspire one to think of a $4 billion media and data empire. But the latter is exactly what it is — and in conjunction with Verizon’s more pernicious tools, it may be about to get a whole lot bigger. [More]

(Allison)

Scottrade Data Breach Leaks Contact Info For 4.6 Million Customers

If you’re a T-Mobile customer who donated money through Patreon, you’re already having a bad enough day due to massive breaches of user data. Here’s hoping you’re not also one of the 4.6 million Scottrade customers whose contact info was compromised. [More]

T-Mobile, Experian Data Breach Exposes Personal Info For 15M Consumers

T-Mobile, Experian Data Breach Exposes Personal Info For 15M Consumers

Some bad news to start off October — hackers stole personal information for around 15 million consumers from a database of T-Mobile customers and applicants that was held by Experian. [More]

Trump Hotel Breach Likely The Result Of Malware, May Have Lasted More Than A Year

Trump Hotel Breach Likely The Result Of Malware, May Have Lasted More Than A Year

Three months after the Trump Organization confirmed that several of its hotels’ credit card systems had been breached, the company is releasing additional details on the hack that appears to have started with a computer virus and went undetected for more than a year. [More]

Federal Data Breach Included 5.6M Compromised Fingerprints, Five Times The Original Estimate

Federal Data Breach Included 5.6M Compromised Fingerprints, Five Times The Original Estimate

Federal investigators underestimated the number of fingerprints stolen in a massive breach of the Office of Personnel Management earlier this year: the agency announced Wednesday that 5.6 million individuals’ finger prints were stolen, nearly five times the original estimate of 1.1 million compromised prints. [More]

Android Bug Can Let Basically Anyone Bypass Your Lock Screen If You Use A Password

Android Bug Can Let Basically Anyone Bypass Your Lock Screen If You Use A Password

It is just not a great year for Android security, it seems. Researchers in Texas have discovered that some devices running Android version 5 (Lollipop) can be unlocked and accessed basically by just mucking around with buttons on the lock screen long enough. [More]

Target To Face Class-Action Lawsuit From Banks Over Data Breach

Target To Face Class-Action Lawsuit From Banks Over Data Breach

A month after Target agreed to pay financial institutions that issue Visa-branded credit cards $67 million related to its massive 2013 data breach, a federal judge gave the go-ahead for other banks to pursue a class-action lawsuit against the retailer. [More]

Over 10M Consumers’ Personal Info Stolen In Latest Health Insurer Data Breach

Over 10M Consumers’ Personal Info Stolen In Latest Health Insurer Data Breach

For at least the fourth time this year, millions of consumers are being faced with some bad news: health insurer Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield has announced the discovery of a major data breach in their systems. Over 10 million subscribers to Excellus and their partner services now have their most personal information — including medical claims records and social security numbers — stolen. [More]

Facebook-Owned WhatsApp Crosses 900 Million User Mark

Facebook-Owned WhatsApp Crosses 900 Million User Mark

Facebook is having a good run this summer of taking over the world one app at a time. Hot on the heels of last week’s announcement that the big blue network now has more than 1 billion daily users, the company is now crowing about a user milestone they’ve reached on one of their two big messaging platforms, WhatsApp. [More]

(Steven Depolo)

New Spotify Privacy Policy Aims To Provide “Plain Language” Explanation For Collected Data

Just weeks after Spotify ticked off many of its 75 million active users with an updated, potentially invasive privacy policy, the music streaming service has once again revamped the terms, this time including an introduction that provides clear reasoning and examples of data collected. [More]

Internet-Connected Video Baby Monitors Are Basically The Most Hackable, Least Secure Thing Ever

Internet-Connected Video Baby Monitors Are Basically The Most Hackable, Least Secure Thing Ever

The implacable march of technology has, in many ways, made parents’ lives easier. But in other areas, it’s added a whole new layer of complication. Like the fact that video-enabled baby monitors, designed to let parents have peace of mind while their kids are sleeping in another room, almost universally have completely crap security that any random stranger on the internet can tap into. [More]

Ashley Madison Says People, Even Some Real Women, Are Still Signing Up For Cheating Site

Ashley Madison Says People, Even Some Real Women, Are Still Signing Up For Cheating Site

We can understand why people continued to shop at retailers that have been hit by data breaches. You still need to buy groceries, clothing, housewares, etc. But what about a website whose main selling point is privacy? Even though AshleyMadison.com — the dating website for cheaters — has been publicly embarrassed by the posting of millions of users’ personal data, it claims that people are still signing up… and that they’re not all just dudes. [More]