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Friday Cyber News, October 9 2015

Cyber technology-related news and links from around the web, for the week of 10/3 - 10/9:

1. The Safe Harbor Agreement, which made it easier for US companies to transfer data to and from servers in the EU, was declared invalid by an EU judge because it would make European citizens' data available to US surveillance. The ruling, prompted by a suit against Facebook by Max Schrems, leaves internet companies like Google, Yahoo, and Facebook in uncertain legal territory. [Bloomberg; WSJ]

2. A new Chinese credit scoring system is an app, run by Alibaba and Tencent, that measures what you buy (dishwashers good, videogames bad), what you post on Weibo, what your friends post on Weibo (pro-Party good, anti-Party bad), and rewards those who play along with instant loans and fast-track travel permits. [Privacy Online News]

3. California now has the best digital privacy law in the land, requiring a warrant for any data, metadata, or tracking and searching of devices. California's law is stricter than the Federal ECPA, which requires a warrant for stored content newer than 180 days old. [Wired]

4. The Obama administration decides not to demand that companies decrypt data for law enforcement, but will continue trying to diplomatically suggest that companies consider backdoors--good luck with that strategy. [Washington Post]

5. What happens to your ownership of digital goods when Amazon, or iTunes, go out of business? [Atlantic]

6. Many nuclear power plants are run by systems that are not air-gapped from the internet, or have VPNs that are insecure. Luckily, the Iranians aren't targeting our nuclear infrastructure. [Ars Technica]

7. Anonymous groups are fighting against ISIS on Twitter, through DDoS attacks and by giving information gleaned from ISIS-affiliated accounts to security companies and the FBI. [Atlantic]

8. Facebook wants to provide limited internet connectivity to regions of sub-Saharan Africa that currently have even less--or no--access to the internet; is access to Facebook better than nothing for the poorest regions? [Quartz]

9. DARPA Director Arati Prabhakar explains how her organization is improving IoT security, addressing data manipulation, and studying routers that can be used to trigger IEDs. [CSM Passcode]

10. Cyber technologies are affecting the doctor-patient relationship in many ways, and sometimes getting in the middle of intimate conversations: a Stanford physician has released a mobile app to guide patients through end-of-life discussions. [Stanford News]

Thanks,

Allison

 

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