Read-only computer security hardware device claims to be hack-proof

Despite the dismissal-as-foolishness that such claims often bring, security start-up vendor InZero Systems is marketing a sort of hardware proxy device that it claims is hackproof. As featured in an article in the March 8, 2010…

Italian ruling against Google highlights US – EU divide on privacy

The recent ruling in an Italian court against three Google executives finding them criminally liable for violated Italian privacy law by allowing a video to be posted on YouTube predecessor Google Video has been widely criticized…

Boeing’s Airborne Laser Testbed realizing a vision seen on screen 25 years ago

On February 11, aerospace giant Boeing, leading a team including Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin working for the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, successfully completed the first air-to-air demonstration of the Airborne Laser Testbed (ALTB) by destroying…

Facebook as a model for consent management

It’s not everyday that you hear Facebook’s most recent changes to its privacy practices referred to in strongly positive terms (at least by people who don’t work for Facebook), but some leading advocates of more fine-grained…

Facebook sued over December change in privacy practices

In a post earlier this week, we noted that generally speaking, anyone in the U.S. wanting to take legal action over the privacy practices of social networking sites like Facebook would have to do so within…

European Commission focuses attention on Facebook privacy practices

In a public expression of concern (or actually as reported, astonishment) over Facebook’s December changes in privacy policy, default user privacy settings, and the set of user information always made public, European Commissioner for Information Society…

Does Google want NSA’s expertise or its secrecy?

In a marked contrast from the perspective presented by Ellen Nakashima in the Washington Post on Thursday — which said that in turning to the NSA for help with information security, Google was not primarily concerned…