Data Obfuscation: Proceed with Caution

There are many methods of guarding private data, and oftentimes companies still need to preserve the data’s utility while doing so. This is especially crucial for enterprises that process data for business without the complexity and time it takes for cryptographics. IT professionals should be aware, in hiding data from view, they may be creating a completely different set of problems.

Data masking and obfuscation allow some parts of sensitive data to remain seen while hiding the entire value. The most widely seen use of masking shortens a Social Security number to the last four digits. Masking also takes place when [...]

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The Online Communications and Geolocation Protection Act

This article introduces the Online Communications and Geolocation Protection Act (OCGPA) which is being debated by both houses in the US Congress. If it is passed and signed into law, the OCGPA would require law enforcement officials to obtain a warrant “based on probable cause” before they can track someone with a GPS device or cell phone location [...]

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Employers Permitted to Use GPS Tracking in BC

The British Columbia Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner decides to protect the rights of two employers using GPS tracking technologies to monitor employees, despite complaints to the contrary. According to the August 2013 ruling, employers are permitted to use tracking technologies to determine the whereabouts of workers. [...]

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Senate Investigates Mobile Data Collection, Companies Respond to Consumer Fears

On May 19, 2001, a US Senate subcommittee met to discuss “Consumer Privacy & Protection in the Mobile Market Place.” As mobile phones and location-based apps are becoming more ubiquitous, this has raised a number of consumer concerns regarding the amount and type of sensitive information that is being collected, stored and shared by developers and third-parties. [...]

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Apple’s Tracking Concerns: Location Database on the iPhone & 3G iPad

In April 2011, there was increased public awareness regarding the collection and storage of location-based data on Apples iPhones and 3G iPads. The resulting responses ranged from outrage and fear to interest in the possible apps that could be developed using the information. [...]

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