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MIT researchers say mobile voting app piloted in U.S. is rife with vulnerabilities

The flaws could let a hacker alter, stop or expose how a person has voted.

Computerworld > Mobile voting via phone / digital ballot

Iowa Caucus chaos likely to set back mobile voting

While the app used to tally votes during the Iowa Caucus on Monday was not a mobile voting app, it could still undermine confidence in any future attempts to roll out the technology.

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Fed rule on patient access to healthcare data gets EMR vendor pushback

A rule that would allow greater access to electronic healthcare information for patients and their doctors is being challenged by some of the vendors supplying the technology.

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Sad but true

Some things just can’t be anonymized.

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Google and Microsoft have gone too far

Google and Microsoft are using dark pattern design to trick or force users to do things they never intended. Is it time to switch to more ethical search engines? (We list 10 alternatives.)

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Amid privacy and security failures, digital IDs advance

Blockchain-based digital wallets could give owners control over their digital identity in a way that would eliminate the business silo systems of today.

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When does protecting privacy morph into invading privacy?

Employees and consumers are being more careful about sharing information that goes beyond strict need-to-know. We ran into one company that seems to not get that.

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How blockchain will kill fake news (and four other predictions for 2020)

As blockchain gains credibility in the marketplace, it's being piloted for uses never before considered. But the nascent technology will need to mature, both technically and as a part of a more complete ecosystem, before seeing...

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Annoying, you say?

Really, there ought to be a law.

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Yes, Google's using your healthcare data – and it's not alone

There's a multi-billion dollar industry built around collecting healthcare data and anonymizing it so it can be used for research; it's perfectly legal.

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What you need to know about new data-security rules for business travel

From U.S. Customs agents to cybercriminals, everyone wants to copy the data on your phone and laptop. Here’s how to protect your rights and also avoid industrial espionage.

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What happens when every nation censors search results globally?

The dam has burst on governments asserting their right to censor the internet worldwide. Welcome to the dark side of information globalization.

Computerworld > Mobile voting via phone / digital ballot

Utah county moves to expand mobile voting through blockchain

Utah County plans to allow disabled voters to use a blockchain-based mobile app to vote in November, and one city hopes to use an app for all of its citizens, who are mostly young, tech-savvy millennials.

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Heads up: Microsoft is back to snooping with this month’s Win7 and 8.1 'security-only' patches

If you thought you could install Microsoft’s 'security-only' patches and just, you know, get security fixes, think again. This month’s KB 4516033 (Win7) and KB 4516064 (Win8.1) install and activate full telemetry.

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European regulators to Microsoft: We’re watching you

The company has kept out of regulators’ crosshairs for some time now, but its seeming indifference to privacy matters could be changing that.

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How the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) will affect you and your business | TECH(talk)

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) is, in some ways, similar to Europe's GDPR. This rule, which goes into effect in 2020, gives individual users more ownership over their own data. Users can even refuse to allow companies to...

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The best privacy and security apps for Android

Forget malware scanners or over-the-top security suites: These are the apps that'll actually improve your security and protect your privacy on Android.

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How I learned to stop worrying and love the splinternet

The web was never going to be worldwide. The idea of one single global internet is an obsolete fantasy.

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