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    • Starwood Hotels Announces Latest Data Breach

      Starwood Hotels Announces Latest Data Breach

      Starwood Hotels has announced a data breach of its hotel chains which appears to be a “point of sales” malware attack, and it appears personal and sensitive information including credit card numbers has been lost. Based on the investigation, we […]

    • Personal Health Technologies Invade Your Privacy Rights

      Personal Health Technologies Invade Your Privacy Rights

      Consumers are finding that some of the “health apps” and other technologies that have become so readily available may be lacking the privacy protections consumers are accustomed to.  The Washington Post has a story on the privacy loopholes that these […]

    • Hotels are Jamming Your Hotspot

      Hotels are Jamming Your Hotspot

      The Federal Communications Commission continues to crack down on hotels and convention centers that are blocking Wi-Fi hot spots and forcing consumers onto privately monitored pay networks.  Forbes has compiled a list of recent FCC enforcement actions regarding hot spot blocking: […]

    • Consumer Watchdog Questions Google Search Engine

      Consumer Watchdog Questions Google Search Engine

      It’s become a maxim that you “can’t control what’s on the internet.”  But, why should we accept this in the US when Europe demand and have implemented the “Right to be Forgotten.”  The non-profit organization Consumer Watchdog has written an op-ed […]

    • Is Windows 10 a Privacy Problem

      Is Windows 10 a Privacy Problem

      You have probably heard about Windows 10 since it was first offered free of charge to consumers who already have Windows 7 or 8.  You may have also heard about questionable privacy practices embedded into Windows 10.  Are they a […]

    • Ashley Madison Fallout Begins

      Ashley Madison Fallout Begins

      The Ashley Madison hack has been something of a side show in the data breach community because of the supposed “comedy” of cheating spouses being caught.  But it appears there is now some real fallout from the hack.  People who […]

    • Visionworks Settles Data Security Case with Maryland AG

      Visionworks Settles Data Security Case with Maryland AG

      In 2014, Visionworks, an eye care retailer, misplaced two computer servers that potentially had sensitive personal information.  Bloomberg reports that they have now settled with the Maryland Attorney General over these poor practices: While upgrading to fully encrypted servers at […]

    • American Airlines and Sabre Suffer Hacks

      American Airlines and Sabre Suffer Hacks

      Data breaches have moved from the financial industry, to the healthcare industry, and in a matter of months hackers seem focused on the travel industry now.  United Airlines announced a data breach that was linked by some to the same […]

    • China Implicated in United Hack

      China Implicated in United Hack

      Chinese hackers have been implicated again in another cyber attack on US Soil, this time with the United Airlines hack. The hackers who stole data on tens of millions of U.S. insurance holders and government employees in recent months breached […]

    • Should the US Blame China Publicly for OPM Breach

      Should the US Blame China Publicly for OPM Breach

      It has been well-known now that in April 2015, the Office of Personnel Management suffered a data breach of millions of government employees’ and contractors’ personal information.  Since that time, the Director of OPM has stepped down, and the government […]