John Fontana

John Fontana is a journalist focusing on access control, identity, privacy and security issues. Currently, he is the Identity Evangelist for strong authentication vendor Yubico, where he writes and edits a blog, as well as, directs several social media channels and represents Yubico at the FIDO Alliance. Prior to Yubico, John spent five years with identity vendor Ping Identity. He also spent 15 years as a senior editor for a variety of publications, including Communications Week, Internet Week and Network World, where he focused on enterprise topics including collaboration, directories, network infrastructure, databases, open source, ERP and security. He covered IBM, Microsoft, Cisco, Oracle, Red Hat, Google among other enterprise vendors. His work has also appeared in the New York Times, CNN, CIO and Mashable.

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SOPA lining up to poison identity federations, expert says

SOPA lining up to poison identity federations, expert says

The government has committed multi-millions to helping the private sector build an identity layer for the Internet. But one analyst says either the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) could result in one government action rendering another moot and bungling the promise of secure IDs.

published January 11, 2012 by

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Passwords tangled in Fifth Amendment

Passwords tangled in Fifth Amendment

A bank fraud case in Colorado could help determine the legal protection of users who password protect data. In the case, a woman is arguing that giving up her password to unlock encrypted data stored on a laptop is a violation of her Fifth Amendment rights.

published January 9, 2012 by

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FTC asked to probe Facebook Timeline for privacy violations

FTC asked to probe Facebook Timeline for privacy violations

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) is asking the Federal Trade Commission to look into Facebook's new Timeline feature as a possible violation of the social networking giant's November settlement with the FTC. EPIC's concerns with Facebook's privacy practices in 2009 led to the current settlement.

published January 6, 2012 by

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Who are you?

Who are you?

John Fontana is joining ZDNet to author a blog around identity and its implications for privacy, security, mobile computing, social networking and other topics. Here is a look at his background and the two-way dialogue he hopes to have with readers.

published January 5, 2012 by

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