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We previously reported on the unfortunate data breach suffered by 23andMe last month and its implications. We never imagined how horrible it could be.

According to an October 6, 2023, posting by Wired earlier that week, hackers involved with the 23andMe breach posted “an initial data sample on the platform BreachForums…claiming that it contained 1

The Kids Online Safety Act (KOSA) of 2023 is circulating Congress with bipartisan support. According to bill sponsors Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), KOSA would require social media companies to develop enhanced parental controls for online platforms. 

Additionally, and much more controversially, KOSA creates a duty for online platforms to prevent and

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) (www.eff.org) is a wonderful resource for privacy-related issues and concerns. I check its website frequently to make sure I am aware of the latest issues and concerns around privacy. On May 6, 2021, EFF posted a blog that is relevant to my experience when I give training to employees about

If you have bought a new cell phone recently, you have seen that the technology of the newest smart phones is far more advanced than in the past, and have features that most people don’t understand or use.

When I conduct employee education for companies on data privacy and security, I devote a portion of

On April 13, 2017, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) published Spying on Students, a report detailing its investigation into school-issued devices and student privacy. EFF found that parents were overwhelmingly not informed about what educational technology (Ed Tech) their students were using. As a result, students and/or parents were the ones burdened with investigating what Ed Tech was used, what privacy policies were governed, and what privacy implications they may carry. Not surprisingly, parents were particularly concerned with what personally identifiable information was being collected and whether that information would be shared or sold.

EFF also analyzed the privacy policies of every Ed Tech app, software, programs or services identified by its survey recipients. Of the 152 Ed Tech services reported, only 118 had privacy policies available online. Few policies addressed deletion of data after periods of inactivity. Less than a third stated that the vendor used encryption or mentioned de-identification or aggregation of user data.
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