Author archives

Pete Weiss, formerly a Systems Engineer in Teleprocessing at The Pennsylvania State University

Pete Recommends Weekly highlights on cyber security issues June 27, 2020

Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and security, often without our situational awareness. Four highlights from this week: How to make sure Google automatically deletes your data on a regular basis; Wrongfully Accused by an Algorithm; Library officials warn: Stop microwaving books to kill COVID-19; and Making .gov More Secure by Default.

Subjects: AI, Civil Liberties, Cybercrime, Cybersecurity, Education, Government Resources, Healthcare, Legal Research, Libraries & Librarians, Privacy, Search Engines, Social Media, Technology Trends

Pete Recommends Weekly highlights on cyber security issues June 21, 2020

Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and security, often without our situational awareness. Four highlights from this week: Zoom Finally Caves, Lets Free Users Have End-to-End Encryption; Researchers Create a Tool That Can Perfectly Depixelate Faces; North Korea Kim Jong Un cyber army more effective than nuclear weapons; Outrage over police brutality has finally convinced Amazon, Microsoft, and IBM to rule out selling facial recognition tech to law enforcement.

Subjects: Civil Liberties, Cybercrime, Cybersecurity, Health, Healthcare, KM, Legal Research, Privacy, Search Engines, Social Media

Pete Recommends Weekly highlights on cyber security issues June 14, 2020

Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and security, often without our situational awareness. Four highlights from this week: COVID-19 has increased risks, costs for November presidential election; It’s Time to Talk About Police Use of Facial Recognition Tech; Webinar on Regulating the Use of Technology to Combat COVID-19; and Best VPN services: Reviews and buying advice.

Subjects: AI, Big Data, Cybercrime, Cybersecurity, Education, Financial System, Government Resources, KM, Legal Research, Privacy, Social Media

Pete Recommends Weekly highlights on cyber security issues June 6, 2020

Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and security, often without our situational awareness. Four highlights from this week: How to take back the information you’ve given to all your favorite apps and websites; More Cyber Training Does Not Mean Fewer Data Breaches; Google faces $5 billion lawsuit in U.S. for tracking ‘private’ internet use; and COVID-19 Complicates Already Challenged FDA Foreign Inspection Program.

Subjects: AI, Computer Security, Cybercrime, Cybersecurity, Encryption, Energy, Government Resources, Health, Healthcare, KM, Legal Research, Privacy, Search Engines, Social Media

Pete Recommends Weekly highlights on cyber security issues May 31, 2020

Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and security, often without our situational awareness. Four highlights from this week: A flood of coronavirus apps are tracking us. Now it’s time to keep track of them; Johns Hopkins releases report on digital contact tracing to aid COVID-19 response; Coronavirus stimulus payments mistaken for junk mail; IRS issues clarification; and Reality bites: Data privacy edition.

Subjects: Cybercrime, Cyberlaw, Cybersecurity, Economy, Financial System, Government Resources, KM, Legal Research, Privacy, Technology Trends, Viruses & Hoaxes

Pete Recommends Weekly highlights on cyber security issues May 24, 2020

Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and security, often without our situational awareness. Four highlights from this week: Foreign Hackers Swipe Millions in Unemployment Benefits; An Apple whistleblower has publicly slammed the company, claiming it violated ‘fundamental rights’ after Siri recorded users’ intimate moments without consent; Google censored search results after bogus copyright claims; and COVID-19 data sharing with law enforcement sparks concern.

Subjects: Competitive Intelligence, Computer Security, Copyright, Criminal Law, Cybercrime, Cyberlaw, Cybersecurity, Financial System, Health, Healthcare, Legal Research, Privacy, Social Media, Technology Trends

Pete Recommends Weekly highlights on cyber security issues May 16, 2020

Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and security, often without our situational awareness. Four highlights from this week: Zoom bolsters policy and engineering teams as it courts government; The lack of women in cybersecurity leaves the online world at greater risk; How to Set Your Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to Control Who Sees What; and UK accidentally leaves contact-tracing app plans on open Google Drive.

Subjects: Cybercrime, Cybersecurity, E-Commerce, Healthcare, KM, Library Software & Technology, Privacy, RSS Newsfeeds, Social Media

Pete Recommends Weekly highlights on cyber security issues May 10, 2020

Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and security, often without our situational awareness. Four highlights from this week: Contact-Tracing Apps in the United States; Employment-Related Identity Fraud: Improved Collaboration and Other Actions Would Help IRS and SSA Address Risks; How My Boss Monitors Me While I Work From Home; and Report: “We Chat, They Watch: and How International Users Unwittingly Build up WeChat’s Chinese Censorship Apparatus.“

Subjects: Communications, Cybercrime, Cybersecurity, Government Resources, Health, Healthcare, Legal Research, Privacy, Technology Trends

Pete Recommends Weekly highlights on cyber security issues May 2, 2020

Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and security, often without our situational awareness. Four highlights from this week: Managers turn to surveillance software to ensure employees are (really) working from home; Coronavirus impact: Meat processing plants weigh risks of prosecution if they’re blamed for spreading infection; How Cybercriminals are Weathering COVID-19; Zoom or Not?; and NSA Offers Agencies Guidance for Choosing Videoconference Tools.

Subjects: Civil Liberties, Cybercrime, Cybersecurity, Employment Law, Government Resources, Health, Healthcare, Labor Law, Legal Research, Privacy

Pete Recommends Weekly highlights on cyber security issues April 25, 2020

Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and security, often without our situational awareness. Four highlights from this week: New Government Technology Could Herald Our New Normal; Zoom adds data center routing, security updates; China is experiencing a gold rush for surgical masks — more than 38,000 companies registered in 2020 to make or trade face masks. But mask quality and scams are now issues; Chinese Agents Spread Messages That Sowed Virus Panic in U.S., Officials Say; and Hackers tempt federal workers with free fast food in COVID-19 scams.

Subjects: Cybercrime, Cybersecurity, Email Security, Employment Law, Health, KM, Privacy, Technology Trends