Privacy News

Privacy News: A decade-plus of compliance reports from the NSA Intelligence Oversight Board

On Christmas Eve, the US National Security Agency (NSA) declassified and released 12 years of reports outlining compliance violations that were submitted to the NSA Intelligence Oversight Committee. The reports, which are required by law, had previously been classified and were the subject of a legal battle between the ACLU and the government. Although heavily redacted, the reports the NSA released of are vital interest to the public because they reveal a pattern of significant privacy violations and in some cases serious abuses in granular detail.

WPF participating in Human Rights review, civil society consultation

The World Privacy Forum will be speaking about medical and health privacy rights in the Universal Periodic Review as part of the Civil Society Consultation for the United States. The UPR is an important cyclical process run under the auspices of the UN Human Rights Council. The last UPR was in 2010. “The Universal Periodic

News release: WPF urges parents to turn in a school opt-out to protect their kids’ privacy; new materials

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 10, 2014 San Diego — The World Privacy Forum is urging parents and college students to exercise their right to “opt out” of schools sharing their personal directory information with third parties. “The beginning of the school year is a key time when the school information opt-out period opens up,” explained

Consumer Tips: How one single school opt out can greatly improve your kids’ privacy

Q: Why is my kid’s email and home address being sold on a marketing list? I didn’t give permission for this information to be released! How did this happen?  This kind of sharing could happen unless you proactively opt out of allowing schools to share the information they keep on your kids such as their

California consumers get new smartphone remote lock law, plus tips for iPhone users

California Governor Jerry Brown signed a new law today that requires smartphone phone manufacturers to put a “kill switch” (remote lock) in phones, and to turn it on by default. Lawmakers have stated that they see this as an important way to reduce smart phone crimes. For consumers, it’s a way to prevent our personal information from getting into the wrong hands when we misplace, lose, or otherwise are missing our smartphones. Apple users can already use Find My iPhone as a remote lock. See more …