Privacy group sues presidential panel that’s requesting voting records

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A pri­va­cy watch­dog group is suing the Trump administration’s com­mis­sion inves­ti­gat­ing alleged elec­tion fraud, say­ing the request­ed infor­ma­tion vio­lates vot­ers’ pri­va­cy. The Elec­tron­ic Pri­va­cy Infor­ma­tion Cen­ter, a non­prof­it research orga­ni­za­tion, filed for a tem­po­rary restrain­ing order to block the Pres­i­den­tial Advi­so­ry Com­mis­sion on Elec­tion Integri­ty from gath­er­ing vot­er records from state elec­tion offi­cials. The com­mis­sion has request­ed elec­tion offi­cials pro­vide vot­ers’ birth date, par­ty affil­i­a­tion, par­tial Social Secu­ri­ty num­bers, vot­er his­to­ry, felony con­vic­tions and mil­i­tary ser­vice sta­tus. “The pub­li­ca­tion of vot­ers’ per­son­al infor­ma­tion vio­lates the con­sti­tu­tion­al right to infor­ma­tion­al pri­va­cy,” EPIC’s law­suit says. “The Supreme Court has long rec­og­nized that indi­vid­u­als have a con­sti­tu­tion­al­ly pro­tect­ed inter­est in ‘avoid­ing dis­clo­sure of per­son­al mat­ters.’” The White House didn’t imme­di­ate­ly respond to a request for com­ment. Source: CNet

Some Google employees’ information may have been revealed

Google told staffers that a hack on trav­el and hos­pi­tal­i­ty firm Sabre Hos­pi­tal­i­ty Solu­tions may have exposed their per­son­al infor­ma­tion, and advised them to com­plain to the Fed­er­al Trade Com­mis­sion and to check their finan­cial state­ments. Sabre, which oper­ates the SynX­is Cen­tral Reser­va­tions sys­tem, dis­cov­ered unau­tho­rized access to an account. Google is giv­ing those affect­ed two years of cred­it mon­i­tor­ing and pro­tec­tion. Source: The Inquir­er

EU advised to drop Privacy Shield deal because U.S. can’t protect data

The Cen­ter for Dig­i­tal Democ­ra­cy told the Euro­pean Union it should pull its Pri­va­cy Shield agree­ment with the Unit­ed States. CDD cit­ed a lack of pri­va­cy enforce­ment or over­sight by the FCC and Fed­er­al Trade Com­mis­sion. “There is no effec­tive legal frame­work to pro­tect con­sumer pri­va­cy in the U.S., with inad­e­quate enforce­ment of the weak poli­cies in place and an over­all fail­ure to address the dra­mat­ic growth of data prac­tices,” CDD said. The group cit­ed the nul­li­fi­ca­tion of FCC broad­band pri­va­cy rules as a rea­son the U.S. can’t pro­tect data pri­va­cy. Source: Mul­ti­chan­nel News

Judge dismisses privacy case against Facebook

A U.S. judge dis­missed lit­i­ga­tion accus­ing Face­book of track­ing users’ inter­net activ­i­ty even after they logged out of the social media web­site. U.S. Dis­trict Judge Edward Davi­la said plain­tiffs failed to show they had a rea­son­able expec­ta­tion of pri­va­cy, or that they suf­fered any “real­is­tic” eco­nom­ic harm or loss. The plain­tiffs claimed that Face­book vio­lat­ed pri­va­cy and wire­tap­ping laws by stor­ing cook­ies on their browsers that tracked when they vis­it­ed out­side web­sites con­tain­ing Face­book “like” but­tons. Source: The Insur­ance Journal

Security breach exposes information about children in Pennsylvania

More than 1,800 chil­dren had sen­si­tive infor­ma­tion com­pro­mised in a statewide data secu­ri­ty breach, accord­ing to the Coun­ty Com­mis­sion­ers Asso­ci­a­tion of Penn­syl­va­nia. Per­son­al iden­ti­ty infor­ma­tion, includ­ing names, address­es, date of birth, and Social Secu­ri­ty num­bers, as well as pub­lic health infor­ma­tion, might have been pub­licly view­able online. Source: The (Hanover, Pa.) Evening Sun

18 million accounts exposed in breach of internet radio service 8tracks

Hack­ers accessed the 8tracks user data­base and pil­fered infor­ma­tion, includ­ing email address­es and encrypt­ed pass­words, from at least 18 mil­lion accounts signed up for the inter­net radio ser­vice using email. The com­pa­ny believed it uncov­ered the method of attack, through “an employee’s GitHub account. The com­pa­ny changed pass­words for stor­age sys­tems, and added access log­ging to its back­up sys­tem. Source: SC mag­a­zine

Medicaid information may have been accessible in Indiana

DXC Tech­nol­o­gy, the fis­cal agent for the Indi­ana Health Cov­er­age Pro­gram, reports that an inter­net hyper­link con­tain­ing Indi­ana Med­ic­aid patient infor­ma­tion was poten­tial­ly acces­si­ble from Feb­ru­ary to May. The infor­ma­tion includ­ed patient’s names, Med­ic­aid ID num­bers, names and address­es of the health care providers, patient num­bers, pro­ce­dure codes, dates of ser­vice, and pay­ment amounts. Source: The Indy Channel

Google partnership with British health service criticized

A part­ner­ship between the Nation­al Health Ser­vice and Google’s arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence soft­ware vio­lat­ed patient pri­va­cy laws, British reg­u­la­tors say. An inves­ti­ga­tion by the Infor­ma­tion Commissioner’s Office indi­cat­ed the Roy­al Free NHS Foun­da­tion Trust failed to com­ply with the country’s Data Pro­tec­tion Act when it hand­ed over per­son­al data for 1.6 mil­lion patients to Google Deep­Mind. Source: Fierce Health Care

Ukrainian police seize software firm’s servers in malware investigation

Ukrain­ian police seized the servers of an account­ing soft­ware firm sus­pect­ed of spread­ing a mal­ware virus that crip­pled com­put­er sys­tems at major com­pa­nies around the world. Ukraine’s Cyber Police said the servers of M.E.Doc—Ukraine’s most pop­u­lar account­ing software—had been seized as part of an inves­ti­ga­tion into the attack. Source: NBC News

Windows 10 users may be prompted to update privacy settings

Users run­ning old­er ver­sions of Win­dows 10 will receive a prompt to update pri­va­cy set­tings, part of the ini­tial process of upgrad­ing to the Win­dows 10 Cre­ators Update via Win­dows Update. The prompt will appear auto­mat­i­cal­ly and can be post­poned up to five times before it appears again. Source: OnMs­ft