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2011-06-16 13:00:19

Report dispels myths of de-identification Canadian privacy experts have issued a new report (link will go live after embargo lift) today that strongly backs the practice of de-identification as a key element in the protection of personal information. The joint paper from Ontario's Information and Privacy Commissioner, Dr. Ann Cavoukian, and Dr. Khaled El Emam, the Canada Research Chair in Electronic Health Information at the University of Ottawa and the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario...

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2011-05-06 05:35:00

The Internet activist group Anonymous denied any involvement in a cyber-attack on Sony Corp.'s networks that exposed the personal data of more than 100 million PlayStation and Online Entertainment network accounts. "Let's be clear, we are legion, but it wasn't us. You are incompetent Sony," wrote Anonymous on its blog (anonops.blogspot.com) on Thursday. Sony had claimed that its video game network was breached at the same time it was defending itself against a major denial of service (DoS)...

2011-04-11 07:20:00

SALT LAKE CITY, April 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- CrimeReports, creators of the National Crime Map, today announced the launch of the TipSubmit Mobile app for Android and iPhone. The app is the first mobile application that lets the public anonymously submit tips to law enforcement agencies to help solve and prevent crime. Users of the free app may now submit secure and anonymous tips to Crime Stoppers programs, law enforcement agencies or school safety officers and administrators. The...

2011-02-15 08:00:00

The new software tool is the first anonymous and fully featured crime tipping mobile app for iPhone SALT LAKE CITY, Feb. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- CrimeReports, creators of the National Crime Map, today announced the launch of the TipSubmit Mobile app for iPhone. The app is the first anonymous and fully featured iPhone application that lets the public submit tips to law enforcement agencies to help solve and prevent crime. Users of the free iPhone app may now submit secure and...

2010-10-20 06:20:00

SAN DIEGO, Oct. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Anonymizer, Inc., www.anonymizer.com, the leader in consumer online anonymity solutions, today announced the results of a survey, which found that while consumers were very aware of the risks associated with being online and engaging in ecommerce, the majority of respondents relied on inadequate measures to protect their privacy and identity. As more and more people use the Internet as their primary medium for banking, checking account balances and...

2010-03-01 14:27:04

Darkness can conceal identity and encourage moral transgressions; thus Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote in "Worship" in The Conduct of Life (1860), "as gaslight is the best nocturnal police, so the universe protects itself by pitiless publicity." New research in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, shows that darkness may also induce a psychological feeling of illusory anonymity, just as children playing "hide and seek" will close their eyes and believe that...

2009-02-24 08:00:00

NEW YORK, Feb. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- A pending application to the New York Supreme Court seeks to force Google to divulge the identity of an anonymous blogger because of a few comments made on the Internet on one single day. The application brings to the fore the need to ensure that First Amendment free-speech protections continue to extend to anonymous web-based commentary. A hearing on the motion to reveal the anonymous blogger's identity is scheduled for Wednesday, February 25th. The...

2008-08-28 06:00:36

By Richard Bernstein Anonymous sources are of course among the newspaper reporter's best friends, without whom the cause of informing the public would be severely set back. But anonymity is also a tremendous aid to the resentful, the scandalous and the cowardly, and the signs are that the tidal of wave of anonymous comment made possible by the Internet is getting even bigger. Or that, at any rate, is the impression that some recent reporting on the rising vogue of college gossip Web...

2008-06-25 09:02:31

By DEBORAH ORR David Blundell, the chief crown prosecutor for the West Midlands, spoke rather too soon: "The special measures used in this case set a precedent. The level of anonymity used and the lengths gone to maintain it were more stringent than anything used in this country. They have set a benchmark that will subsequently be applied to future trials where gang activity, terrorism and organised crime play a role." His comments were made in 2005, in the wake of the prosecution of four...

2006-04-06 10:15:33

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has decided not to run for a seat on the new U.N. Human Rights Council, U.S. officials said on Thursday. "It's a question more of tactics than principle. The principle is we want to support an effective human rights council. That doesn't mean we have to run for a seat on it," one senior U.S. official told Reuters on condition of anonymity because a formal announcement is expected later in the day,