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Ok, Google - Is it Ok?

“Dear Maintainer,

 After upgrading chromium to 43, I noticed that when it is running and immediately after the machine is on-line it silently starts downloading “Chrome Hotword Shared Module” extension, which contains a binary without source code. There seems no opt-out config. “

Web OS Chromium users, like the one who posted in a message board above, recently discovered a hidden code with the ability to record and transmit audio picked up by their computers’ microphones without consent.  A search function called “Ok Google” allows users to search, map, and set reminders by simply saying aloud “Ok Google” and then stating their [...]


eHealth Cards: Digital Health Records in Germany

Doctors throughout Germany will soon have instant, digital access to their patients’ records. German lawmakers passed a measure in July 2015 mandating the use of electronic health (eHealth) cards beginning in 2018 allowing doctors a wider view of patients’ records.  One of the reasons for this move is the German government’s aim to decrease the cost of healthcare across the nation and improve data sharing across different IT systems.

Currenty, the eHealth cards contain a patient’s name, address, birthdate, health care number, and a photo of the patient.  Under the new system starting in 2018, doctors will be compensated by the [...]


Facebook Loses Appeal

An appeals court in New York affectively changed the status of Facebook’s attempt to contest search warrants on behalf of its customers. The social media giant, founded in 2004, lost an appeal in a Manhattan courtroom on Tuesday in a decision highly anticipated by privacy advocates.

Facebook argued that in storing their customers’ photos and files, they have a right to challenge search warrants they deem unnecessary. Since Facebook would have to perform the task of searching for and delivering the information to law enforcement, the company reasoned these are unlike traditional warrants where police search a home, office, or other [...]


DAA to Begin Enforcement this Fall

The Digital Advertising Alliance is poised to enforce their mobile privacy rules beginning this September. The Code was released in 2013 and requires ad networks and other companies to notify consumers about cross-app advertising and allow them to opt out, through an app known as [...]


Hulu Beats VPPA Violation Charges

This article talks about the recent Hulu win, after claims that it had violated the 1988 Video Privacy Protection Act [...]