Well - dammit - I was wrong... Early last week I made the error in a post on Monday 2018/03/05, in which I managed to scribble this diatribe: To Wit, "Easily the most egregiously moronic idea I've heard this month (and it's only 5 days in(!)" ...
Well, that declaration has been overshadowed in our highly-read Observed-Stupidity-In-Security-And-Privacy-News-Department by a bottom-of-the-sea-deeply-ignorant statement uttered by MoviePass CEO Mitch Lowe regarding his extraordinary pleasure at tracking users within the company's MoviePass iPhone and Android apps (see below).
'The update comes after CEO Mitch Lowe made comments at the Entertainment Finance Forum in Los Angeles last week, claiming that the company was tracking users’ locations. “We watch how you drive from home to the movies. We watch where you go afterwards,” commented Lowe, according to a report from Media Play News. - via Chaim Gartenberg, writing at The Verge
Bravado? Misplaced Confidence? Hairplugs too-tight? Too Much Campari before dinner? I think not, just simple, unmitigated and blatant stupidity...
Perhaps a leadership change is in order, eh MoviePass? At least, the company did manage to (allegedly) remove the tracking-bits from the product and resissue the apps in the apropos app stores. Of course, there is always bad news with this type of mea culpa: In a statement made to Engadget, the company claimed they are still planning to use location data marketing to enhance their revenue stream. Ah, yes, the old Give It To 'Em, Then Take It Away gambit. Oh Joy!
'“We have to be really careful as we have more devices capturing more information in living rooms and bedrooms and on the street and in other people’s homes that the public is not blindsided and surprised by things,” said Dave Morgan, the founder and chief executive of Simulmedia, which works with advertisers on targeted TV ads. “It’s not what’s legal. It is what’s not creepy.”' - via Sapna Maheshwari, writing at the New York Times
via gHacks author Martin Brinkmann, comes the astonishing tale of deeply flawed user data management at Mozilla Foundation. Along with the Foundation' Firefox browser Resource and Web Extension data leakage woes, now comes a highly user antagonistic decision to commence collecting user browsing data in an opt-out decision tree. Truly this weeks evidence that Blatant Stupidity still exists in the browser world.
"Mozilla's Georg Fritzsche published information on the plan to collect additional data yesterday on the Mozilla Governance group. In it, he describes the issue that Mozilla engineers face currently. While Firefox may collect the data when users opt-in, Mozilla believes that the data is biased and that only data collecting with opt-out would provide unbiased data that the engineers can work with. Questions that this data may help answer include "which top sites are users visiting", "which sites using Flash does a user encounter", and "which sites does a user see heavy Jank on" according to Fritzsche." excerpt via Martin Brinkmann writing at gHacks
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) National Center for Cybersecurity Excellence (NCCOE) has released it's latest draft medical device related security document, entitled 'NIST Special Publication 1800-8 Cybersecurity Special Publication 1800-8 Securing Wireless Infusion Pumps - In Healthcare Delivery Organizations'. Authored by Gavin O'Brien, Sallie Edwards, Kevin Littlefield, Neil McNab, Sue Wang and Kangmin Zheng - the document is available as either a PDF or web-based artifact. Enjoy.
"Medical devices, such as infusion pumps, were once standalone instruments that interacted only with the patient or medical provider. With technological improvements designed to enhance patient care, these devices now connect wirelessly to a variety of systems, networks, and other tools within a healthcare delivery organization (HDO) – ultimately contributing to the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT)." - via the National Center for Cybersecurity Excellence (NCCOE)
Further proof that the End-Of-The-World-Is-Near: Microsoft Corporation's (NasdaqGS: MSFT) LinkedIn just released a new update for the Company's already slightly-suspicious mobile app that permits Bluetooth connectivity (for location tracking) to fellow LinkedIn members. Reportedly, the feature does not require the app to be running... What could possibly go wrong?
News of an interesting privacy related lawsuit, via Fortune writer Jeff John Roberts, is now swirling around personal electronics manufacturer Bose Corporation. Apparently, collecting data (and a viloation of the so-called Wire Tap Act (Codified in 18 U.S.C. §§ 2510-2522)) - through a companion app to the company's best-in-class noise canceling headphones, and the misuse thereof, is the gist... Stay Tuned. Hat Tip
"The complaint accuses Boston-based Bose of violating the WireTap Act and a variety of state privacy laws, adding that a person's audio history can include a window into a person's life and views. "Indeed, one’s personal audio selections – including music, radio broadcast, Podcast, and lecture choices – provide an incredible amount of insight into his or her personality, behavior, political views, and personal identity," says the complaint, noting a person's audio history may contain files like LGBT podcasts or Muslim call-to-prayer recordings." - via Fortune writer Jeff John Roberts
Ladies and Gentlemen, Girls and Boys: Behold the list of both United States Senators and United States House of Representatives that voted to sell out your personal information while online (i.e., your precious online privacy) for monetary gain.
Each surname noted below, possesses a link to that Senator or Representative's contact page, to make it super-easy to let them know what you think. Oh, and for you parents/grandparents, gaurdians this includes all data requests coming from your home, i.e., your children's' data will also be swept up in this nightmare maelstrom example of the surveillance state. Enjoy
Senate of the UNITED STATES of AMERICA
YEA -- 50
U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 115th Congress - 1st Session
Question: On the Joint Resolution (S.J. Res. 34 )
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
YEA -- 215
McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)