Intel Drafts Privacy License for Mobile Device Software

On the heels of Microsoft's recent release of privacy guidelines for software developers, here's an excellent example of another company working with privacy scholars to try to protect end-user privacy when using location-based mobile devices. From ComptuerWorld: Intel Drafts Privacy…

Privacy Pitfalls in No-Swipe Credit Cards

A NYTimes article notes the various privacy concerns with contactless credit cards whose data is relayed by RFID without need of a signature or physical swiping through a machine. Incredibly, cards are being deployed without any encryption (contrary to what…

Microsoft Releases Guidelines for Customer Privacy

Microsoft publicly released a 49-page internal document, called Microsoft’s Privacy Guidelines for Developing Software Products and Services outlining recommendations for both Micorsoft and other software developers to help them protect customer privacy when building applications that deal with sensitive information,…

Security Analysis (and Response) of Diebold Voting Machines

Ari Feldman, Alex Halderman, and Ed Felton released an amazing paper on the security of Dielbold's e-voting technology. The paper is accompanied by a ten-minute video that demonstrates some of the vulnerabilities they've uncovered. Here is the paper’s abstract: Security…

Facebook Offers Privacy Fix, But Only If You Select It

It appears Facebook has indeed modified their controversial news feed feature to allow more user control over their own privacy. But as Mary Hodder points out, the default settings allow full sharing of informaiton: So, users still must take direct…

More on Facebook and the Contextual Integrity of Personal Information Flows

There has been an interesting discussion on the Association of Internet Researchers mailing list (and across the blogosphere) regarding the addition of feeds at Facebook and the nature of the reaction by its users. Many have criticized the reaction by…

Paxx Telecom: Privacy-assured Long Distance Phone Service

Paxx Telecom is promising privacy-assured long distance phone service. Their promises include: Guarantee never to turn over any records to the government or anyone else without a court order... Provide you with a short access number to dial in front…