There are currently more than 10 million people in the United States enrolled in some type of biometric system, including driver's license and public benefits programs, computer security, access control, and ATM authentication. The increasing use and visibility of biometric technology, such as finger-scan, iris-scan and facial-scan, raises concerns regarding its impact on privacy in the public sector, in the workplace, and at home.
In spite of having long anticipated the Cult of the Dead Cow's Peekabooty demo at Defcon09 as one of the conference's major highlights, we actually managed to miss it. However, we got a pretty good description of it from a trustworthy journo who, unlike yours truly, found it possible to struggle over to the Hard Rock Hotel (you know who you are, bud) to observe it in action.
WASHINGTON -- ICANN inched a step closer to the jaws of government regulation as business groups told Congress that information about Internet domain holders should be accurate and public.
"ICANN should be put on notice that we are watching and that you are watching," Timothy Trainer, the president of the International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition, told a House Judiciary subcommittee on Thursday.
According to a study released Monday by the Denver-based Privacy Foundation, 14 million employees, or just over one-third of the online workforce in the U.S., have their Internet or e-mail use monitored by their employers. Worldwide, the number of employees under such surveillance is about 27 million, the study reports.
The availability of inexpensive technology is driving the growth of employee monitoring, according to Andrew Schulman, the Privacy Foundation's chief researcher.
WASHINGTON -- A U.S. government website devoted to helping businesses keep sensitive information private instead revealed confidential information about American firms.
A Commerce Department privacy website exposed proprietary information -- such as revenue, number of employees, and the European countries with which the firm does business -- that U.S. companies provided to the government in strict confidence.
This information has been publicly accessible since the site went online last year.