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By adamg - 6/10/22 - 10:22 am

A man who got an MRI at a Shields Health Care center in Winchester has the company for a March data breach that may have let a cyberthief access the personal information of more than 2 million people, including their Social Security numbers, birth dates, e-mail addresses and health information. Read more.

By adamg - 4/1/22 - 12:16 pm

The Supreme Judicial Court today set out ways that police can subpoena tens of thousands of cell-phone records to try to link specific phone calls to crimes, in a case in which they used the technique to connect a Canton man to the murder of Jose Luis Phinn Williams at a Dorchester gas station and to a series of other similar, if less deadly, robberies that year in Mattapan, Canton and Cambridge. Read more.

By adamg - 12/17/21 - 11:08 am
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Part of the site's subscription form, from the complaint.

Three Midwesterners whose names show up when you search for them on a commercial public-records Web site have sued, alleging that the way the site makes you buy a subscription to see their information violates their states' laws against the use of somebody's identity or "persona" in commercial ventures without their permission. Read more.

By adamg - 3/24/21 - 11:31 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that Facebook has to comply with requests from the Massachusetts Attorney General's office on specific applications and companies that may have sucked out more personal information from user than they should have - but also said a judge will have to review hundreds, if not thousands, of documents to make sure none of the information could reveal any of the discussions by Facebook employees and lawyers on how to collect the data. Read more.

By adamg - 12/16/20 - 10:23 am

A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that people have the right to surreptitiously record police officers at work in "public spaces" such as parks, agreeing with two local activists that the First Amendment takes precedence over a state law banning private recording in that circumstance. Read more.

By adamg - 4/16/20 - 1:37 pm

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that prosecutors can use license-plate data from cameras mounted on both Cape bridges to make their case against an alleged heroin dealer who was nabbed in part because the data showed he was making frequent trips on and off the Cape - and alerted Barnstable police to the specific trip he made that led to his arrest. Read more.

By adamg - 6/17/19 - 1:45 pm

The Supreme Judicial Court today ordered a lower-court judge to reconsider her ruling that the state can refuse to give the Boston Globe copies of databases of birth and marriage records that are available as public records to anyone willing to pay $9 an hour to sit at a terminal in a state office on Columbia Point. Read more.

By adamg - 12/21/18 - 11:23 am

The Supreme Judicial Court today ordered the reinstatement of a harassment order against a Hingham man who monitored the whereabouts of two people via tracking devices he'd put on their cars for no good reason. Read more.

By adamg - 3/23/17 - 3:41 pm

In decisions issued last week and today, a federal judge allowed lawsuits questioning the constitutionality of a Massachusetts ban on recording "private" discussions to go forward - but said the state has a legitimate stake in protecting the privacy rights of its citizens. Read more.

By adamg - 1/13/17 - 8:00 pm

Boston Police Commissioner William Evans announced tonight that he has canceled plans to buy software that would let the department monitor social media for potential public-safety threats and ferret out Internet-based crimes because the offerings the department was considering are overkill and raised privacy issues. Read more.

By adamg - 8/7/14 - 4:08 pm

The Dig reports on how IBM and the city teamed up on a pilot surveillance program to record every single person who attended the two Boston Calling events at City Hall Plaza last year.

City officials did not extend the program to this year's concerts in part because they couldn't figure out a good public-safety need to do so. Also, the Dig reports, the city hasn't come up with any privacy policies for all those photos.

By adamg - 3/5/14 - 8:46 am

BetaBoston (the new Globe tech site) reports on growing national databases of license-plate scans that let repo men, banks and, well, any company with the money to spend track your whereabouts.

By adamg - 2/18/14 - 11:17 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that police cannot obtain location data kept by wireless providers without a search warrant.

In a split decision, the state's highest court said that while federal law allows law-enforcement officers to get a customer's "cell site location information" through a court order, Massachusetts law requires them to show they have probable cause to believe the information is directly related to a crime - a higher legal standard - under the privacy limits of Article 14 of the state constitution.

By adamg - 6/7/13 - 8:02 am

Massachusetts residents yesterday sued Sur La Table and the Container Store after they say got junk mail even though they never gave the chains their addresses.

In separate lawsuits, Judith Monteferrante and Elizabeth Christiansen say the data mining the chains used to dredge up their addresses based on their Zip codes and credit-card information violates Massachusetts consumer-privacy laws.

By adamg - 9/21/11 - 6:27 am

According to stats by the state Attorney General's office on data breaches, as reported by the Globe.

By [email protected] - 2/13/09 - 9:24 am

Bans plans for security cameras throughout the city.

It's disappointing, as another reader noted, that the Channel 5 headline included "...May Cost Thousands" instead of "...Respects Privacy".

(edit: Hmmm, I guess this is old news, as the ACLU noted it last week. Still pretty cool though.)

By Brett - 12/15/08 - 12:50 pm

Brookline residents are fighting back against invasive video surveillance, but David B. Goldstein, police chief of Winthrop, can't understand why- and in standard security theater style:

"This is some of the price all of us to have pay for living in a free society, but a threatened society,"

By Lyss - 2/22/07 - 2:25 pm

Baroptic lets users watch streaming live views of popular clubs in several cities, including Boston.

I've got to wonder if these businesses disclose the presence of cameras to patrons...

By adamg - 11/19/06 - 4:17 pm

Gary McGath notes the new CharlieCards will have RFID chips and that the T plans to retain information on where and when you get on the T for up to two years:

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