I get it. Healthcare is expensive. And it’s likely to start getting way more expensive. The House’s bill allowing for rewards for employees willing to undergo genetic testing sounds like a great idea. Except that such a system would simply result in rewarding benefits to those who already live privileged lives.
The last couple weeks have been some big ones in privacy, so here you go:
If you use Waze, hackers can stalk you
[Fusion, Kashmir Hill]
“Researchers at the University of California-Santa Barbara recently discovered a Waze vulnerability that allowed them to create thousands of “ghost drivers” that can monitor the drivers around them—an exploit that could be used to track Waze users in real-time. They proved it to me by tracking my own movements around San Francisco and Las Vegas over a three-day period.”
Given that you have likely come across the “mainstream” media perspective on the issue, I’m going to share the articles that you likely didn’t come across in your everyday standing-in-line Internet browsing, and why I think these articles are worth mention. The first section focuses on technical articles, and the second section focuses on legal articles.
For a crash course in the All Writs Act, see my post The SDK: The All Writs Act.
As expected, my friends & family have been asking me what exactly is going on in the Apple debacle. There are articles everywhere, but this blog piece is written with an audience in mind which is neither technology nor legally savvy. Each section is a tad more complicated than the previous one. So if you reach your limit, don’t worry. You’ve already gotten the super basics even if you only read the first two sections (but I promise the rest is good too!). The first just clarifies what the DOJ and the FBI are.
Are the FBI & DOJ the same thing?
The FBI is the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the DOJ is the Department of Justice. The Department of Justice is responsible for enforcing the U.S.’s laws, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation is part of the Department of Justice. There are some laws which the whole country has to abide by (federal laws), and some which only apply to a particular state (state laws). The FBI enforces the federal ones.
With Regards to the All Writs Act, The quick answer:
When you’re babysitting, if Mom hasn’t said otherwise, and your kid brother has the remote control and is watching wrestle mania, you can definitely order him to hand over the remote. So long as he doesn’t have to 3-D print a brand new one or anything. Then, even if Mom hasn’t said otherwise, it’s not so clear. Cue your kid brother tattling on you to Mom when she gets home.
My Little Toaster, & Some Other Clarifications Continue reading
Yes, it’s been awhile. Last week I spent my time at NewCo, and this week I wrote the NewCo Experience piece early on in the week, so finally, today I have time to write another SDK! Today’s headlines are Taylor Swift themed (all the headlines are names of T-Swift songs)
I Wish You Would
(This is just an excerpt from The SDK: 2015.09.18, but I wanted the article and commentary to have its own post)
Federal Judge Says Law Enforcement Can’t Make You Hand Over Your Smartphone Passcode, Slate, Sep. 25, 2015
“Courts are increasingly having to grapple with the question of whether suspects should be compelled to unlock their phones for investigators. Adding to growing precedent, a federal judge in Pennsylvania said Wednesday that people cannot be forced to reveal passcodes, since that would violate the Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.
Note: Interestingly, Orin Kerr suggested that the court might be able to compel defendants to enter in their passcodes, rather than hand them over to the government. If a ruling comes down affirming that, that sort of makes passwords pointless, BUT, it would fall more in line with the “law enforcement can obtain the contents of your safe if you lock it with a key, because they can demand you turn over the key.” It’s actually a strange loophole in the law that law enforcement can obtain information behind a key but not behind a “code” (without using brute force, I mean). Of course, as a privacy advocate, I’m not complaining.
Sorry for the lack of update earlier this week, but it’s been a busy one for me! Of course, it’s also been a super busy week in the technology world:
So Much For Invincible
Apple Scrambles After 40 Malicious “XcodeGhost” Apps Haunt App Store, Ars Technica, Sep. 21, 2015
The 39 affected apps—which included version 6.2.5 of the popular WeChat for iOS, CamScanner, and Chinese versions of Angry Birds 2—may have been downloaded by hundreds of millions of iPhone and iPad users, security researchers said.
Note: Fortunately, the attack only really affected the Chinese App Store.
Sorry, You’re Going to Have to Upgrade With the Nerds
Hack Brief: Upgrade to iOS 9 to Avoid a Bluetooth iPhone Attack, Wired, Sept. 16, 2015
“If improved battery life and a smarter Siri aren’t enough to convince you to upgrade to iOS 9, there’s now another incentive to trade up sooner rather than later: To avoid having your iPhone wirelessly hijacked by any miscreant within Bluetooth range.”
Note: I was going to wait until the first sub-update too. But now we’re all going to have to update. Maybe it’s an inside job 😉 Continue reading