How Private Is Your Genetic Code? Less So Than You May Think

Posted on 10/11/2012 by | Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayAnyone who’s watched more than a few episodes of Law & Order knows how easy it is to unwittingly get a sample of someone’s DNA — a discarded coffee cup, a used Kleenex, a few stray hairs and you’re good to go. In Dick Wolf’s world, such samples are used to catch the bad guys (or exonerate the good guys), but in real life, genetic code can reveal a variety of information, including what diseases may lurk in someone’s future. This type of genetic testing — known as whole genome sequencing — has many useful applications. But a report released today by the presidential bioethics commission reveals that many legal issues surrounding genetic privacy have yet to be addressed.

FTC Halts Rent-to-Own Computer Spying

Posted on 09/25/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsThis is a guest post by Sid Kirchheimer. The Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday announced it settled a case with seven rent-to-own computer businesses and a software vendor accused of secretly installing software to spy on customers who rented those machines. The FTC says the installed software, licensed by Philadelphia-area DesignerWare LLC, captured screenshots of confidential and personal information, logged computer keystrokes and in some cases took webcam pictures of people in their homes — all without renters’ notice or consent. …

Facebook, privacy, and you!

Posted on 01/19/2011 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

TechnologySigh. Another week, another Facebook privacy snafu in the news: Facebook has put in a lot of effort to getting users to enter their mobile numbers. But now the social network is giving developers access to numbers in addition to home addresses with a single click. Is this just trouble waiting to happen? Not unsurprisingly, this news spread like wildfire, and the next day, Facebook backed out this new feature, citing “useful feedback” and their plans to “help ensure you …