Showing posts with label privacy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label privacy. Show all posts

Sunday, March 6, 2022

Kurbo by WW charged with collecting kids’ personal info without parents’ permission


Kurbo by WW charged with collecting kids’ personal info without parents’ permission

by Amy Hebert, Consumer Education Specialist, FTC

Advertised as a weight management service for kids, teens, and families, the Kurbo by WW app and website let kids as young as 8 track their weight, food intake, activity, and more. 

The problem? 

Many parents didn't know their kids were using it, while the app and website were collecting and keeping information about kids without their parents' permission.

Shared from -> https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2022/03/kurbo-ww-charged-collecting-kids-personal-info-without-parents-permission?utm_source=govdelivery

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Keep your personal information safe in the New Year


Consumer Alerts from the Federal Trade Commission

by Jim Kreidler, Consumer Education Specialist, FTC

As 2021 winds down, lots of us are making resolutions for a fresh start in the New Year — maybe to exercise regularly, get our finances in order, or spend more time with friends. But your list isn't complete until you add "update my security software" and "protect my personal information" to the mix. Scammers and hackers are always looking for new ways to steal your personal information online.

Read more ->  https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2021/12/keep-your-personal-information-safe-new-year?utm_source=govdelivery


Keep your personal information safe in the New Year
Keep your personal information safe in the New Year

Monday, October 4, 2021

60 Minutes "a betrayal of democracy" leads to decision that Franklin Matters Facebook page to go away Dec 1, 2021

60 Minutes (@60Minutes) tweeted at 7:42 PM on Sun, Oct 03, 2021:

"The version of Facebook that exists today is tearing our societies apart and causing ethnic violence around the world," says former Facebook employee France Haugen. She points to Myanmar, where the military used Facebook to launch a genocide.
Find the full 60 Minutes segment here -> https://t.co/WU4IumjHkO 

Shared from Twitter: https://t.co/cy9Ed9MgbH




Note: this is a continuation of the revelations about Facebook since the  Cambridge Analytica scandal. in 2018  I attempted to remove Franklin Matters updates from Facebook at that time and the readers, followers on Facebook created an uproar so I stayed reluctantly.

As a data security and privacy professional I can no longer condone the Facebook business model. Effective Dec 1, 2021 the Franklin Matters Facebook page will go away. You are given notice to find one of the other options to obtain the valuable information shared but not longer directly by me on Facebook.

Someone can also set up a way to take what I share and share it themselves to Facebook. I have no way to stop that. Folks occasionally do so on their own today.

My personal account will remain on Facebook to maintain my family and network connections. I have limited what is posted and shared in that way and am willing to take the risk to maintain those family connections.

I can no longer take the risk exposing your information in this way. Facebook needs to change and only actions like this will get their attention to do so.

Why Dec 1?
The Franklin election is important and as divisive as Facebook is, for those who depend upon it for info, I will provide some time for them to begin to make their move to one of the alternatives.

If you need or want help setting up email or RSS, I'll offer to schedule a Zoom session (or two) to walk through the process. Let me know if you are interested via email or comment on this post.



Reference points on Facebook data leaks
Mark Hurst's Good Report also has a listing on RSS Readers to add to what I shared here.  https://goodreports.com/post/rss-reader.html

Franklin Matters Facebook page to go away Dec 1, 2021


Sunday, September 26, 2021

If you only do one thing with your privacy settings ...

"There’s probably a little bit of Google in every part of your life. The company hosts a sprawling network of tools and apps we use for everything — from school assignments and work emails, to watching how-to videos and making calls. The good news is that Google has tried to collect its most important privacy settings into one place, which means you can protect your data in Gmail and Google-owned YouTube at the same time.

Google offers a “Privacy Checkup” to get through settings quickly, but defaults to more mild options than we’ve listed below. There are some trade-offs when you limit Google’s data collection, according to the company. Google services that give recommendations might not be as helpful, and any ads you see will be less accurately targeted.

These privacy setting recommendations are based on your Google Account settings on the Web. You can also access them through individual Google apps or your settings on an Android phone by going to Settings → Google (or Google Services)."
Continue reading the article online. (Subscription maybe required)
https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2021/09/23/google-privacy-settings/

If you only do one thing with your privacy settings ...
If you only do one thing with your privacy settings ...


Thursday, July 29, 2021

Your privacy and data protection: "If you have lots of data, you can turn that into money"

"Why should you care about protecting your privacy online? Tech critic Carissa Véliz says it’s not just a matter of personal preference: It’s a civic duty.

Véliz, associate professor at the Institute for Ethics in AI at the University of Oxford, is the author of “Privacy Is Power: Why and How You Should Take Back Control of Your Data,” which blends philosophical insight and practical advice. Véliz says that guarding your privacy promotes something akin to digital herd immunity. Many companies claim that the more data they have, the better their products will be, but Véliz argues that this personal data ultimately gets transformed into something toxic, which society should regulate much like asbestos. Last year The Economist called “Privacy Is Power” one of the best books of the year, on any subject."
Continue reading the article online (subscription maybe required)

Whether using either Google or Firefox as my browser, I use DuckDuckGo to help prevent the tracking codes from gathering the data  https://duckduckgo.com/
   
If you have lots of data, you can turn that into money
https://duckduckgo.com/about


Tuesday, June 8, 2021

"Consumer Federation of America cited concerns about unfair pricing, misuse of data, and loss of privacy"

"It is sometimes called “usage-based insurance” and sometimes “insurance telematics.” It’s when you agree to allow your auto insurer to ride along with you — quite literally.

If you agree, a constant stream of data flows from your vehicle to your insurer, via a telecommunication device, including how fast you are going, the time of day you are driving, and when and how hard you are hitting the brakes.

What’s the purpose? Insurers say they want to reward good drivers with lower premiums: for example, those who drive within the speed limit, mainly during daylight hours, and without frequently jamming on the brakes. (For drivers whose reckless driving habits correlate to higher risk for crashes, higher premiums may result, although few bad drivers are expected to opt in for telematics.)"
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News of Interest: Amazon implementation raises security issues

"There’s an eyebrow-raising technology buried inside millions of Amazon Echo smart speakers and Ring security cameras. They have the ability to make a new kind of wireless network called Sidewalk that shares a slice of your home Internet connection with your neighbors’ devices.

And on Tuesday, Amazon is switching Sidewalk on — for everyone.

I’m digging into my settings to turn it off. Sidewalk raises more red flags than a marching band parade: Is it secure enough to be activated in so many homes? Are we helping Amazon build a vast network that can be used for more surveillance? And why didn’t Amazon ask us to opt-in before activating a capability lying dormant in our devices?

I recommend you opt out of Sidewalk, too, until we get much better answers to these questions."
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Sunday, May 23, 2021

Washington Post: "Explaining HIPAA: No, it doesn't ban questions about your vaccination status"

"As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to relax safety measures for people who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus and the country begins to reopen, many employers, businesses, families and friend groups are finding themselves in the at-times uncomfortable position of having to ask about others’ vaccination statuses."
"HIPAA, also known as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, and its subsequently added Privacy Rule include provisions to protect a person’s identifying health information from being shared without their knowledge or consent. The law, though, only applies to specific health-related entities, such as insurance providers, health-care clearinghouses, health-care providers and their business associates."
Shared from The Washington Post:  Continue reading the article online  (subscription may be required)   https://twitter.com/washingtonpost/status/1396178093463805952

Friday, December 18, 2020

Consumer Alerts: Santa doesn’t need your Social Security number

Consumer Alerts from the Federal Trade Commission

by Jim Kreidler, Consumer Education Specialist, FTC

This year, during the pandemic, your holidays might be moving a bit online. On the 10th day of Consumer Protection, maybe you're planning to send e-cards to family and friends.

Read more ->  https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2020/12/santa-doesnt-need-your-social-security-number?utm_source=govdelivery

This is a free service provided by the Federal Trade Commission.




Sunday, April 19, 2020

"whether it could potentially erode a sense of trust between school officials and students"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"In these times of COVID-19, schools are closed, offices are shut down and families must coexist while sheltering in place.

The result is a spike in fear and a decrease in happiness nationwide, according to an artificial intelligence algorithm that analyzes more than a billion social media messages in the U.S. each day.

Some online messages created by Natick public school students are included in those billion-plus messages, because the district has a contract with Social Sentinel, a Burlington, Vermont-based company that created the algorithm.

“Any tool that has the potential to identify that someone is suffering, that extends the reach of what people can do, and does it faster, is worth having,” said Natick Superintendent of Schools Anna Nolin, explaining why the district contracted with Social Sentinel."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20200418/natick-students-online-messages-on-school-platforms-are-analyzed-for-potential-danger-and-distress


Sunday, July 28, 2019

"It’s a problem with invasion of privacy”

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"Sudbury Police Chief Scott Nix said officers try to do the best they can in difficult environments, and body cameras alone do not necessarily capture every angle in police interactions.

Many area police chiefs acknowledge that body cameras are an opportunity to improve transparency between law enforcement and the public. But they say the benefits of such high-tech improvements come with additional costs.

Other than Sherborn, no community police department in the MetroWest region currently wears police body cameras when responding to suspected crimes.

“There’s much more to it than the monetary cost,” said Sudbury Police Chief Scott Nix. “It also includes the cost of retention of the footage and the ability to reproduce it in different formats. We want to be educated and informed on the best route for the town.”

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20190727/metrowest-chiefs-cite-cost-as-key-deterrent-to-implementing-body-cams

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

FTC Alerts: Back to school - Protect your child’s information



Consumer Alerts from the Federal Trade Commission
by Colleen Tressler
Consumer Education Specialist, FTC


Many school forms require personal and sensitive information. Here are some tips for keeping your child's personal information safe — from pre-school through college.

Read more
https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2018/08/back-school-protect-your-childs-information?utm_source=govdelivery



This is a free service provided by the Federal Trade Commission.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

"a groundbreaking victory for Americans’ privacy rights"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"The Supreme Court ruled Friday that police generally need a search warrant if they want to track criminal suspects’ movements by collecting information about where they’ve used their cellphones, bolstering privacy interests in the digital age. 
The justices’ 5-4 decision marks a big change in how police may obtain cellphone tower records, an important tool in criminal investigations. 
Chief Justice John Roberts, joined by the court’s four liberals, said cellphone location information “is detailed, encyclopedic and effortlessly compiled.” Roberts wrote that “an individual maintains a legitimate expectation of privacy in the record of his physical movements” as they are captured by cellphone towers. 
Roberts said the court’s decision is limited to cellphone tracking information and does not affect other business records, including those held by banks."
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
http://www.milforddailynews.com/zz/news/20180622/supreme-court-justices-adopt-digital-age-privacy-rules-to-track-cellphones

You can read the full Supreme Court decision here
https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/17pdf/16-402_h315.pdf

https://www.supremecourt.gov/
https://www.supremecourt.gov/

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

As Data Privacy Day approaches, do you know where your data is?

Data Privacy Day began in the United States and Canada in January 2008 as an extension of the Data Protection Day celebration in Europe. Data Protection Day commemorates the Jan. 28, 1981, signing of Convention 108, the first legally binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection. Data Privacy Day is observed annually on Jan. 28.

As parents/guardians you can share these tips about data privacy with your kids




Find out more about data privacy and Stay Safe Online
https://staysafeonline.org/resource/stop-think-connect-tips-parents-raising-privacy-savvy-kids/

Find out about protecting your privacy online
https://staysafeonline.org/stay-safe-online/managing-your-privacy/


As Data Privacy Day approaches, do you know where your data is?
As Data Privacy Day approaches, do you know where your data is?



Sunday, February 12, 2017

Franklin, MA: Town Council - Agenda, Feb 15, 2017


The published agenda and documents for the Franklin Town Council meeting scheduled for Wednesday, February 15, 2017

(Note: where there are active links in the agenda item, it will take you to the associated document)

A. Approval of Minutes
February 1, 2017
B. Announcements
This meeting is being recorded by Franklin TV and shown on Comcast channel 11 and Verizon channel 29. This meeting may also be recorded by others.
C. Proclamations/Recognitions
D. Citizen Comments
Citizens are welcome to express their views for up to five minutes on a matter that is not on the Agenda. The Council will not engage in a dialogue or comment on a matter raised during Citizen Comments. The Town Council will give remarks appropriate consideration and may ask the Town Administrator to review the matter.
E. Appointments
Design Review Appointment
F. Hearings
Public Hearing - 7:10 PM
Zoning Bylaw Amendment 17-786: Storage Facility Bylaw
G. License Transactions
H. Presentations/Discussions
1. Water Presentation - Brutus Cantoreggi
H. Presentations/Discussions
2. Discussion - Chapter 179: Water, Article VI Water Use Restriction and Ban
I. Subcommittee Reports(To be provided during meeting if available)
J. Legislation for Action
1. Resolution 17-06: Appropriation: Animal Control - Prior Year's Bill (Motion to Move Resolution 17-06: appropriation Animal Control - 4/5 vote)
J. Legislation for Action
2. Resolution 17-07: Local acceptance of Amended Provisions of G.L. Chapter 40, Sections 22A, 22B, and 22C (Motion to Move Resolution 17-07: Local Acceptance of Amended Provisions of G.L. Chapter 40, Sections 22A, 22B, and 22C - Majority vote (5))
J. Legislation for Action
3. Zoning Bylaw Amendment 17-779: Changes to Chapter 185 Section 3 Definitions - 2nd Reading (Motion to move Zoning Bylaw Amendment 17-779 - Roll Call - 2/3 majority vote (6))
J. Legislation for Action
4. Zoning Bylaw Amendment 17-780: Changes to Chapter 185 Section 4 Districts Enumerated - 2nd Reading (Motion to move Zoning Bylaw Amendment 17-780 - Roll Call - 2/3 majority vote (6))
J. Legislation for Action
5. Zoning Bylaw Amendment 17-781: Changes to Chapter 185 Section 5 Zoning Map - 2nd Reading (Motion to Move Zoning Bylaw Amendment 17-781 - Roll Call - 2/3 majority vote (6))
J. Legislation for Action
6. Zoning Bylaw Amendment 17-782 Changes to Chapter 185 Section 7 Compliance required - 2nd Reading (Motion to Move Zoning Bylaw Amendment 17-782 - Roll Call - 2/3 majority vote (6))
J. Legislation for Action
7. Zoning Bylaw Amendment 17-783: Amendment to Chapter 185 Section 49 Marijuana Use Overlay District - 2nd Reading (Motion to Move Bylaw Amendment 17-783 - Roll Call - 2/3 majority vote (6))
J. Legislation for Action
8. Zoning Bylaw Amendment 17-786: Storage Facility Bylaw - 1st Reading (Motion to Move Bylaw Amendment 16-786 to a 2nd Reading (majority vote))
K. Town Administrator's Report(To be provided during meeting)
L. Future Agenda Items(To be provided during meeting if required)
M. Council Comments(To be provided during meeting)
N. Executive Session
Potential Purchase of Land at 0 Washington Street (Exercise of Town's Right of First Refusal - Discussion Only)
O. Adjourn

Some folks with wells are continuing to let their sprinkler systems water the grass
Some folks with wells are continuing to let their sprinkler systems water the grass last year, that could change this year if the Town Council adds private wells to the water restrictions as proposed

Friday, January 27, 2017

"the bill is currently being reviewed, and will be assigned to a committee"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"A local legislator has proposed a law that he hopes will protect student data as technology becomes more prevalent in the classroom. 
State Rep. Jeffrey Roy, D-Franklin, filed the bill last week. The bill builds off one he put forth during the last legislative session. 
It aims to prevent the use of data garnered through students' technological activities in such things as targeted advertisements. 
"We want data to inform thinking and make education better, but we don't want the data out there in the marketplace," he said. "I think it's fairly obvious that, through the educational community, we have amassed tremendous amounts of data on our students; we haven't, legislatively, kept up with it."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20170126/franklin-legislator-files-student-data-bill


Rep Roy at the School Committee meeting
Rep Roy at the School Committee meeting
Representative Jeff Roy appeared before the Franklin School Committee at their January 10, 2017 meeting. He presented and overview of his legislative agenda including the bill on student data privacy. Find more from the meeting in the notes summary

http://www.franklinmatters.org/2017/01/rep-roy-world-languages-and-district.html

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Secure Shredding at Postalcenter

With National Data Privacy Day coming on Jan 28th, this is a good time to securely get rid of some important papers.



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