- 2017, August 24, The Indian Express, “Is privacy a fundamental right? 9-judge Supreme Court bench will rule today“
- 2017, August 23, ABS, “1160.0 – ABS Confidentiality Series, Aug 2017” — first issue deals with ‘Understanding Re-Identification’
- 2017, August 23, Independent, “British data protection laws to stay ‘aligned’ with the EU’s after Brexit“
- 2017, August 23, Insurance Journal, “Delaware Updates Law to Address Advances in Cyber Threats“
- 2017, August 23, HR Dive, “AI in the workplace: The time to develop a strategy is now“
- 2017, August 23, SSRN, “Regulating Cybersecurity – What Civil Liability in Case of Cyber-Attacks?“
- 2017, August 23, SSRN, “Technological Opacity & Procedural Injustice“
- 2017, August 23, SSRN, “Decision Making and Biases in Cybersecurity Capability Development: Evidence from a Simulation Game Experiment“
- 2017, August 23, SSRN, “The Internet of Things (IoT) Promises New Benefits — And Risks: A Systematic Analysis of Adoption Dynamics of IoT Products“
- 2017, August 23, SSRN, “Are Privacy Policies Informational or Ideological?“
- 2017, August 23, SSRN, “The Informational Ombudsman: Fixing Open Government by Institutional Design“
- 2017, August 23, SSRN, “Law, Management, and Strategy: Collapsing Boundaries and Managing the Interstices“
- 2017, August 22, arXiv – 1708.06674, “Locally Differentially Private Heavy Hitter Identification“
- 2017, August 22, arXiv – 1708.06574, “S4: A New Secure Scheme for Enforcing Privacy in Cloud Data Warehouses“
- 2017, August 21, arXiv – 1708.06384, “PrivacyProxy: Leveraging Crowdsourcing and In Situ Traffic Analysis to Detect and Mitigate Information Leakage“
Sonos Getting Smashed in the Media over Privacy Fail!
The Mystery of Data Recovery
I recently had the task of trying to get some data off an old WD Password external hard disk – the USB port broke off. No problem I thought – pull off the case and use a SATA-USB adaptor to plug it in to my laptop. I was wrong! WD have kindly included hardware encryption, with the decryption chip on the SATA-USB bridge. I had long thrown the case away (don’t do this). Still, no problem I thought: this is a common drive and I knew there was no password set, so surely a local data recovery expert could manage this problem.
Again … wrong.
So I contacted another company that says they are a partner organisation of WD. Now, I suspect they can recover the data; however, to do this I need to: a) mail the disk to another state, and b) am expected to pay at least $700 if they can find data.
I have two basic problems with this: 1) the disk is in a different State in the hands of unknown parties, and 2) the price.
After much research online I think the recovery price isn’t so bad in the end. But still, I have found the process of finding reliable information about data recovery strangely difficult. I can usually find information about anything and everything online. Yet when I sought to know more about data recovery I find a black hole. Even though I have trawled quite a number of websites, I still don’t feel comfortable with the situation.
This industry appears woefully under-regulated. And when it comes to handling the private (and likely, sensitive) data of organisations and individuals, I expect a clear process to determine who is reputable as well as a way to understand – at a high level – what is going on.
I can’t do anything about this situation – I just need to get the data! But it has definitely got me thinking. I suspect that when it comes to data governance/security/forensics/recovery the field is still a Wild West. And that is not a good situation when everything runs on data.