Friday Highlights


 Friday Highlights provides a weekly review and analysis of a variety of articles that highlight what happened this past week in the world of digital trust and privacy. Here are this past week's top security, media, and IoT stories.

Digital Security

While there have been some very worrisome criminal cracking in the US of JP Morgan Chase & Co. (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-09-03/former-nsa-chief-says-jpmorgan-hack-may-be-a-warning.html) , Home Depot (http://fortune.com/2014/09/04/home-depot-data-breach/) and Healthcare.gov (http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/05/us/hackers-breach-security-of-healthcaregov.html?_r=0), it looks like there is nothing like the theft of nude celebrity pictures to grab public attention. If it gets people thinking and talking seriously about privacy and trust in our constantly connected to the cloud world, we’ll take it. Here are some takes on the scandal which caught our eye.

Chris Soghoian at the ACLU has a great suggestion on one way to avoid a photo breach in the future. Why not have a private camera mode on smartphones?  Better yet, why not have a private mode on smartphones?

Lessons From the Celebrity iCloud Photo Breach

https://www.aclu.org/blog/technology-and-liberty/lessons-celebrity-icloud-photo-breach

 

There is a smartphone on the market called the Blackphone which uses encryption and other techniques to protect the privacy of its owners. The company claims it is selling very well. Could they now be tapping into a boom in the celebrity market?

New ultra secure cell phone, Blackphone, is reportedly flying off the shelves

http://venturebeat.com/2014/09/03/new-ultra-secure-cell-phone-blackphone-is-reportedly-flying-off-the-shelves/

Perez Hilton posted this video apologizing for reflexively posting these pictures without thinking. As Rita Di Antonio of the IAPP points out, it’s a great learning experience of the potential consequences for anyone who has access to personal information (https://privacyassociation.org/news/a/notes-from-the-iapp-europe-managing-director-september-5-2014/). It is also a very personal discussion of the emotional fallout once someone has realized they have violated someone’s privacy.

Jennifer Lawrence & Me (And My Thoughts On What Happened)

http://youtu.be/bnB_9AsVr9A

This sort of breach gives the companies involved very troublesome publicity, but soon it could be worse. The European Union is about to enact legislation which could make it a large hit on the corporate bottom line. There are questions being raised as to whether cloud service providers are ready to meet the security requirements raised by the EU.

CSO's to benefit from EU data protection reform but cloud vendors may struggle to capitalize

http://www.businesscloudnews.com/2014/09/02/csos-to-benefit-from-eu-data-protection-reform-but-cloud-vendors-may-struggle-to-capitalise/

 

Media

4K TVs are already on the market and the television ecosystem is rapidly gearing up to bring 4K content to these TVs. This challenge is so great that an industry pioneer has come out of retirement to take it on.

How New Processing Technology Might Make Ultra HD and HDR Broadcasting A Reality

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/behind-screen/how-new-processing-technology-might-727641

TV Everywhere is the moniker given to the concept of paid television providers essentially implementing OTT TV to get their content to all the devices people now use to watch video. It looks like the concept is being extended to include ships, trains and busses.

Hollywood's next bold move in mobile video distribution

http://www.snl.com/InteractiveX/Article.aspx?cdid=A-29074701-14632

 

The Internet of Things (IoT)

The hype around wearables seems to be driving competition in low-power electronics. This could end up not only benefiting wearables but other devices for which power consumption is a concern.

Ineda planning mass production of low-power chips for wearables in 2015

http://qz.com/251706/why-everybody-wants-a-piece-of-your-smartphones-lock-screen/

Wearables do hold the promise of benefiting their owners as well as doctors and other health providers that the owner shares their data with. A lawyer points out another group of people who can benefit from this data, lawyers. Something to think about the next time you put on that fitness tracker.

Wearable Technology: A Perfect Fit For Litigation

http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/wearable-technology-a-perfect-fit-for-l-40937/

Here’s a wonderful heat map showing everything connected to the Internet.

See Every Single Device Connected to the Internet

http://time.com/3221958/internet-map/