'Your Password Is Invalid': Improving Website Password Practices (Science Daily , Jan 31, 2012)
Internet users are increasingly asked to register with a user name and password before being able to access the content of many sites. In their upcoming Ergonomics in Design article, "A Passport to Password Best Practices," human factors/ergonomics researchers Soolmaz Moshfeghian and Young Sam Ryu identify impediments to efficient password creation and provide design strategies for enhancing the user experience.
 

Privacy concerns and technological change: the legislative option (The Hill, Jan 31, 2012)
By Christopher Wolf and Jules Polonetsky - In the recent Supreme Court case where all nine justices agreed that placing a GPS tracking device on a car without a warrant violated the Fourth Amendment, Justice Alito observed that "in circumstances involving dramatic technological change, the best solution to privacy concerns may be legislative."
 

"Mobile Device Privacy Act" would prevent secret smartphone monitoring (Ars Technica, Jan 31, 2012)
By Jon Brodkin - Recent controversy sparked by the installation of monitoring software on millions of smartphones has led US Rep. Edward Markey (D-MA) to propose a requirement that carriers and phone makers inform consumers about the presence of monitoring software and gain their "express consent" before collecting and transmitting information from phones.
 

Lawmakers Question Proposed Change to Video Privacy Law (PC World , Jan 31, 2012)
By Grant Gross - Let's say you like to watch heady documentaries over Netflix's streaming service and would like to share recommendations with your friends on Facebook. Netflix would like to offer that service, but the company says a 24-year-old U.S. law is in the way.
 

Identity, privacy management gain importance (ZD Net Asia , Feb 01, 2012)
By Ellyne Phneah - Companies will limit the scope of their identity access management (IAM) and privacy management projects in light of "restrained" budgets, yet have to manage evolving landscape amid ongoing debates over identity and privacy laws and regulations, said Gartner.
 

Expedited airport security CLEAR card returns to SFO (San Francisco Chronicle , Jan 31, 2012)
By Chris McGinnis - Remember the CLEAR card and those CLEAR lanes at SFO? The service that allowed travelers submitting biometric information and paying $179 per year to bypass regular security lines and get to their gates faster? (The original company folded in 2009.)

 

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