First, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled that the UK’s “DNA database ‘breach of rights’:” The judges ruled the retention of the men’s DNA “failed to strike a fair balance between the competing public and private interests,” and that the UK government “had overstepped any acceptable margin of appreciation in this regard”. The…Read More Privacy Rights & Privacy Law
So the New York Times is breathless that “Obama Hauls in Record $750 Million for Campaign.” A lot of people are astounded at the scale of the money, and I am too. In a long, hard campaign, he raised roughly $2.50 per American, and spent slightly less than that. Unusually, he ended his campaign not…Read More Two Buck Barack
At Metamodern.com. Way cool. I look forward to what he has to say. Unfortunately, one of his early posts falls into the trap of believing that “Computation and Mathematical Proof” will dramatically improve computer security: Because proof methods can be applied to digital systems, and in particular, will be able to verify the correctness (with…Read More Eric Drexler blogging
The Data Loss Database, run by the Open Security Foundation, now has a significant new feature: the inclusion of scanned primary source documents. This means that in addition to being able to determine “the numbers” on an incident, one can also see the exact notification letter used, the reporting form submitted to state government, cover…Read More DataLossDB announces awesome new feature
Today is the 75th anniversary of the repeal of the blanket prohibition of alcohol sales in the United States. Go pour some Champagne, Cava, or fine California bubbly and read Radley Balko’s excellent “Lessons of Prohibition.” Photo: Jensen.Pernille. Thanks to Sama.Read More Happy Repeal Day!
The employer has been posting them at a prodigious rate. There’s: “Threat Modeling at EMC and Microsoft,” Danny Dhillon of EMC and myself at BlueHat. Part of the BlueHat SDL Sessions. Also on threat modeling, Michael Howard and I discuss the new SDL Threat Modeling Tool Michael Howard and I also discussed the new SDL…Read More Videos of me
I enjoyed reading Heather Gerkin’s article: “The Invisible Election.” I am one of the few people to have gotten a pretty good view of the invisible election, and the reality does not match the reports of a smooth, problem-free election that have dominated the national media. As part of Obama’s election protection team, I spent…Read More The Costs of Fixing Problems
In “Cloud Providers Are Better At Securing Your Data Than You Are…” Chris Hoff presents the idea that it’s foolish to think that a cloud computing provider is going to secure your data better. I think there’s some complex tradeoffs to be made. Since I sort of recoiled at the idea, let me start with…Read More You versus SaaS: Who can secure your data?
I flew Virgin Atlantic for the first time recently, for a day trip to San Francisco. I enjoyed it. I can’t remember the last time I actually enjoyed getting on a plane. The first really standout bit was when the Seattle ground folks put on music and a name that song contest. They handed out…Read More Virgin America
Via Paul Kedrosky. Feel free to use this as an open thread.Read More Best Black Friday Specials