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Should the FTC Kill the Password? The Case for Better Authentication

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Co-authored by Professor Woodrow Hartzog.

Authentication presents one of the greatest security challenges organizations face. How do we accurately ensure that people seeking access to accounts or data are actually whom they say they are? People need to be able to access accounts and data conveniently, and access must often be provided remotely, without being able to see or hear the person seeking access.

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OPM Data Breach Fallout, Fingerprints, and Other Privacy + Security Updates

OPM Fallout

By Daniel J. Solove

Co-authored by Professor Paul Schwartz

This post is part of a post series where we round up some of the interesting news and resources we’re finding. For a PDF version of this post, and for archived issues of previous posts, click here. We cover health issues in a separate post.

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Mayer Brown survey of executives: 25% of organizations lack both a CPO and CIO (March 2015)

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Going Bankrupt with Your Personal Data

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By Daniel J. Solove

 

A recent New York Times article discusses the issue of what happens to your personal data when companies go bankrupt or are sold to other companies:

When sites and apps get acquired or go bankrupt, the consumer data they have amassed may be among the companies’ most valuable assets. And that has created an incentive for some online services to collect vast databases on people without giving them the power to decide which companies, or industries, may end up with their information.

This has long been a problem, and I’m glad to see it receiving some attention.  The issue arose in one of the early FTC cases on privacy about 15 years ago.

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Baseball’s “Hacking” Case: Are You a Hacker Too?

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By Daniel J. Solove

 

I’m a St. Louis Cardinals fan, so I guess it is fitting that my favorite team becomes embroiled in a big privacy and data security incident.  At the outset, apologies for the feature photo above.  It pulled up under a search for “baseball hacker,” and as a collector of ridiculous hacker stock photos, I couldn’t resist adding this one to my collection.  I doctored it up by adding in the background, but I applaud the prophetic powers of the photographer who had a vision that one day such an image would be needed.

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The OPM Data Breach: Harm Without End?

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By Daniel J. Solove

The recent breach of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) network involved personal data on millions of federal employees, including data related to background checks. OPM is now offering 18 months of free credit monitoring and identity theft insurance to victims. But as experts note in a recent Washington Post article, this is not nearly enough:

If the data is in the hands of traditional cyber criminals, the 18-month window of protection may not be enough to protect workers from harm down the line. “The data is sold off, and it could be a while before it’s used,” said Michael Sussmann, a partner in the privacy and data security practice at law firm Perkins Coie. “There’s often a very big delay before having a loss.”

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