Friday, October 9, 2015

Around The Net

  • White House Won't Force Tech Companies To Install 'Backdoors' Washington Post

    The Obama administration has decided against asking Congress to pass legislation requiring tech companies to create backdoors that would enable authorities to decode messages. "The administration has decided not to seek a legislative remedy now, but it makes sense to continue the conversations with industry," James Comey reportedly told a congressional panel on Thursday. ...Read the whole story

  • Hacker 'Weev' Outs Prosecutors With Ashley Madison AccountsForbes

    Hacker Andrew 'Weev' Auernheimer, who was prosecuted for allegedly violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act after he exposed a security glitch at a site operated by AT&T, now says he will reveal the identities of federal prosecutors who signed up for extramarital dating site Ashley Madison. An appellate court reversed Auernheimer's conviction last year. "The scope and methodology of Weev’s doxxing attacks renew and expand concerns that Ashley Madison users will be outed," Forbes writes. ...Read the whole story

  • California Passes Email Privacy LawThe Hill

    California governor Jerry Brown signed an email privacy law on Thursday night. The California Electronic Communications Privacy Act, which passed through the state assembly last month, will require law enforcement to obtain a search warrant in order to access email and mobile user data. The federal government has yet to update the out-of-date law that governs email policy but is expected to pass similar legislation soon. ...Read the whole story

  • Beacons Used for Predictive MarketingMobile Marketer

    Significantly more predictive experiences are available on mobile now compared with a year ago, opening up new opportunities for marketers adept at massaging data. Several recent developments suggest some are finally getting a handle on how to leverage the volumes of user data available on mobile and turn it into something that consumers will find useful.  ...Read the whole story

Will Smartphones Get Warning Labels?

I'm a non-smoking libertarian. That is, I prize autonomy and freedom of choice, but I also know I never would have kicked the habit without pressure from then-New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and my future ...More