The term “source code” might sound like something from a blockbuster Hollywood cyberthriller, but the reality is far less dramatic. A source code is the complete building block blueprint of any software title, website, or other similar technology, but it’s become something of a sore point for privacy experts thanks to a new international law.
Identity theft and data breaches are becoming so commonplace in the minds of consumers that experts are warning of “data breach fatigue,” a term that describes the sluggish response some people may have to finding out their records were compromised. Unfortunately, the reality of identity theft and its aftermath is something that too many victims don’t really understand until it happens to them.
There’s little doubt that technology has changed the way we interact with the world around us. Just in the space of a single generation, we’ve gone from television being a “newfangled,” World’s Fair-quality invention to carrying portable computers in our pockets. The iconic Dick Tracy wrist communicator is now a reality thanks to smartwatches, and Star Trek’s flip open communicator was reportedly the design inspiration for the old flip phones.
Job seekers and members of the workforce have long been warned that their social media activity could come back to haunt them. After all, those risqué party pictures from spring break or that angry tweet that was fired off during an internet argument doesn’t make the sender seem very responsible.
New legislation signed into law in Illinois will help citizens of that state understand and recover from identity theft in a more timely way. House Bill 1260, signed by Governor Bruce Rauner in May, will update a lot of the currently understood types of identity theft prevention and lead to more immediate recovery. This is an important step towards keeping up with technological changes in this form of crime.
One New York councilman is fed up with the way scammers target his elderly constituents, and he’s working on legislation that will do something about it. Councilman Chaim Deutsch has introduced a bill that would require the city’s Office of Consumer Affairs to produce public materials and conduct outreach to both senior citizens and those who care for them.