privacy

  • Did Google Disregard Privacy Concerns?

    Did Google Disregard Privacy Concerns?

    Short Answer: We Don’t Think So

    Privacy is a hot commodity in the current climate of technology and connectivity. It can be hard to balance out the need for security with the enticing functionality of latest apps and gadgets. When we factor in the additional need for public safety and effective law enforcement, it can feel like our privacy gets tossed around like a beach ball.

  • Governor’s Veto of Legislation that Blocks Employers from Social Media Invasion

    Governor’s Veto of Legislation that Blocks Employers from Social Media Invasion

    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.

  • Instagram Launches Its Own Snapchat-Like “Stories”

    Instagram Launches Its Own Snapchat-Like “Stories”

    Social media is really a great tool, but it’s also filled with privacy pitfalls, both malicious and accidental. While there are scammers who use social media for criminal intent, you can cause a lot of your own privacy problems through your internet behaviors.

  • Minnesota Strikes Back Against Revenge Porn

    Minnesota Strikes Back Against Revenge Porn

    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.

  • Privacy Essay Competition

    CyberScout & Identity Theft Resource Center 

    2017 Annual Girl Scouts Privacy Essay Scholarship Competition 

    The following information has been updated as of September 19, 2017. 

    Mark your calendars, submission entry period open September 1 - September 22, 2017.

    The recipient will receive a $2,500 scholarship from CyberScout and an all-inclusive trip to the PrivacyXChange Forum on October 22-24, 2017 in Lake Las Vegas, Nevada. Recipient will be accompanied by a guardian and their trip will be all-inclusive as well.

    Who can enter? Girl Scouts Grade 9 - 12 

    Rules for Entry: Girl Scout must have attended an ITRC Hands-on Privacy Workshop and successfully earned a Mobile Privacy Patch by participating in the pre- and post-test activity at the event and by educating a parent, Troop Leader or friend by bringing them to workshop event.

    Essay Topic: Write an essay no longer than 500 words on the following:  How valuable is your identity to you and what are the consequences of not protecting your privacy?.  This might include a wide range of experiences including a personal experience which resulted in how you look at privacy now or an online experience which caused you to be more aware of the need to secure your privacy settings. 

    Discuss your experience/s and give examples, as applicable.  You might also want to include what does privacy mean to you, when do you think about privacy the most, or what steps do you take to protect it.

    Be sure of your word count! Entries exceeding the 500 word limit may be disqualified.

Judging Criteria:   

  • Inclusion of personal experiences and/or examples (15 points) 
  • Readability and clarity (5 points)
  • Spelling and grammar (5 points)

Submit by email:

  • Submit your entry by email in a word document to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - we will email you confirmation of receipt.
    • Include the following information: name, grade, and troop number.

Submit by mail: 

  • If you are submitting your entry via regular mail, the entry must be typed double-spaced on one side of 8-1/2 x 11 white paper and include the following information: name, grade, and troop number.
  • Submissions must be received by September 22, 2017. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (858) 634-6387 for confirmation.

 

By participating in the essay competition, you agree that you have attended a Hands-on Privacy Workshop and completed the requirements for the patch. You also agree that you and a guardian are available to attend the PrivacyXChange event on October 22, 2017.

 

 

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  • Protecting Your Privacy under Windows 10

    Protecting Your Privacy under Windows 10

    Microsoft’s newest operating system raised a few eyebrows and ruffled a few feathers when it launched, largely in the way it was rolled out. While industry experts were excited about the new features and upgrades before Windows 10 went live, the public sentiment quickly soured after a lot of people found themselves forced to use the new system due to their computers’ automatic upgrades.

  • Protecting Your Privacy when Sending Your Kids Back to School

    Protecting Your Privacy when Sending Your Kids Back to School

    Another school year is ready to kick off, if it hasn’t started in your region already. Most kids are eagerly waiting to find out which of their friends will be in their class, and hoping they got the “nice” teacher. School supply lists are cropping up in stores, where the aisles are filled with shiny new notebooks and lunchboxes.

  • Think Before You Post

    Think Before You Post

    Social media can be a mixed blessing. It’s a great way to stay connected with friends and family and to keep yourself informed. However, it’s also an open door for threats to your privacy, the opportunity to fall victim to a scammer, and worse, personal attacks from fellow users who may take issue with your posts. The knee-jerk reaction that so many of us feel about something we read online can lead to anger, threats, cyberbullying, and malicious targeting.

  • Your Favorite Apps May Be Leaking Your Data

    Your Favorite Apps May Be Leaking Your Data

    By now, word of hacking events and data breaches has spread to most consumers. In fact, the abundance of news reports surrounding data breaches has actually led to a new problem, data breach fatigue, which is the sluggish response some victims may have to news of yet another breach. But what about personal privacy flaws that aren’t the work of hackers or scammers, but are purely accidental?

  • Your Lock Screen Might Be Giving Away Your Info

    Your Lock Screen Might Be Giving Away Your Info

    You’re sitting at a conference table, a work meeting fully underway. Your phone is next to your notebook, but never fear, you’ve turned off the ringer for this important company meeting. Even if a text comes in, it won’t disturb anyone.

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