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Russia moves to block Wikipedia, HTTPs stands in the way

Russia moves to block Wikipedia, HTTPs stands in the way

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Internet service providers in Russia were ordered to block access to Wikipedia but efforts have been thwarted by HTTPs.

Illinois governor vetos amendment to breach notification bill

Illinois governor vetos amendment to breach notification bill

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner called a recent breach notification amendment a "significant departure from the data protection laws of other states."

Global think tank calls for global digital privacy

Global think tank calls for global digital privacy

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The Diplomatic Council is calling for more transparency regarding government surveillance across the world.

Government budget agency drafts contractor cybersecurity guidelines

Government budget agency drafts contractor cybersecurity guidelines

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The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) proposed new cybersecurity guidelines earlier this week to help government agencies draft contracts with third-party groups.

Black Hat 2015: USA Freedom Act sparks debate

Black Hat 2015: USA Freedom Act sparks debate

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The USA Freedom Act inspired a spirited debate on government surveillance at Black Hat USA 2015.

Government 'Cybersecurity Sprint' spurs agency authentication measures

Government 'Cybersecurity Sprint' spurs agency authentication measures

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Following its "Cybersecurity Sprint" launch, the government has increased authentication measures and reviewed its systems for vulnerabilities.

Privacy advocacy group sends 6.1 million faxes to Senate to protest CISA

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Privacy advocacy group, Fight For the Future announced their campaign generated 6.1 million faxes to Senators in protest of CISA

House, Senate weigh bills to strengthen intrusion, detection initiatives

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Congress is entertaining a pair of bills aimed at improving cybersecurity at government agencies.

Federal appeals court rules no expectation of privacy for preventable 'butt dials'

Federal appeals court rules no expectation of privacy for preventable 'butt dials'

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A federal appeals court ruled there is no expectation of privacy for "butt dials" that a caller doesn't' take reasonable steps to prevent.

OPM bringing users back on to e-QIP in increments

OPM bringing users back on to e-QIP in increments

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After a pair of breaches rocked OPM and a vulnerability was discovered in the agency's e-QIP system; now user access is slowly being re-enabled.

Senators introduce bill to expand DHS oversight of federal .gov domain

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A bipartisan group of senators introduced legislation, that would increase the Department of Homeland Security's role in protecting federal the .gov domain.

Security pros issue comments before Wassenaar Arrangement deadline

Security pros issue comments before Wassenaar Arrangement deadline

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The call for comments on the Wassenaar Arrangement closed on Monday after multiple heavy hitting tech experts and companies filed their thoughts.

OPM rewrites privacy policy to allow for system investigations

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The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) rewrote its privacy regulations to allow legislators and outside entities to look through its databases for signs of data breaches.

Legislators call for lifetime identity protection for OPM data breach victims

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Nearly seven percent of the U.S. population was impacted in the OPM data breaches, and nine legislators are now calling for lifetime identity theft protection for them.

Arizona reaches agreement with ACLU, won't enforce revenge porn law

Arizona reaches agreement with ACLU, won't enforce revenge porn law

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Arizona's broad revenge porn law would have put artistic and news photographers, booksellers, publishers, librarians and others at risk.

Tech firms fear vague language in Chinese security law could be used to force backdoors

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Vague language in a new Chinese security law has multinational tech firms concerned that China may use it to force them to build backdoors or provide encryption keys and source code.

FISC judge gives NSA go-ahead to resume surveillance

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A surveillance court judge ruled Monday that the NSA could temporarily resume its bulk data collection program during the transition period to the reforms of the USA Freedom Act signed into law June 2.

Privacy advocates applaud Supreme Court ruling on hotel registry searches

Privacy advocates applaud Supreme Court ruling on hotel registry searches

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Justices ruled Monday that an Los Angeles ordinance, legalizing warrantless demands to inspect hotel guest registries, is unconstitutional.

Senators propose bill to ban warrantless federal aerial surveillance

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Lawmakers proposed "Protecting Individuals from Mass Aerial Surveillance Act" on Wednesday to require federal authorities to obtain warrants to conduct aerial surveillance.

OPM breach diverges into finger-pointing and dispute over initial detection

OPM breach diverges into finger-pointing and dispute over initial detection

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The federal government are scrambling to answer questions about the recent OPM breaches, including how it was detected, what can be done to mitigate future risks and how to best retaliate.

Senate vote falls short of approving defense act with CISA amendment

Senate vote falls short of approving defense act with CISA amendment

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Senate Republicans and Democrats traded barbs over Defense Authorization Act vote.

OMB mandates federal sites to use HTTPS connections

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All publicly accessible federal websites and web services will soon be required to provide all services through secure HTTPS connections to better protect data and to establish a consistent government-wide privacy policy.

House bill would give DOJ $4 million to fight cyber harassment

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A bill introduced in the House of Representatives would give the Justice Department $4 million hire and train additional FBI agents to enforce existing cybercrime laws.

Calif. Senate approves bill requiring warrant before electronic device search

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Despite some police groups' opposition to the bill, the legislation was approved Wednesday by the state's Senate.

Connecticut lawmakers unanimously OK changes to strengthen data breach bill

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Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy is expected to sign a bill that updates existing law to include data breach notification deadlines and requires one year of identity theft protection for those whose SSNs have been compromised.

Section 215 expired today, and the internet isn't worried

Section 215 expired today, and the internet isn't worried

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After weeks of speculation and debate, certain surveillance provisions expired on Monday, and while government officials are sounding the alarm, others online seem unfazed.

Congress promotes sharing

Congress promotes sharing

Congress took significant action in April to address cybersecurity information-sharing efforts.

Websites redirect Congressional users to protest page, groups call for end of surveillance

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A protest led by Fight for the Future gained steam as 14,000 websites included code that would redirect Congressional users to a protest page; while a coalition penned a letter to Senate leaders urged the rejection of a pair of FISA bills.

North Dakota, Nevada amend data breach notification laws

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North Dakota and Nevada have amended their breach notification laws as well as clarified specified what counts as personal information.

Senate fails to pass USA Freedom Act; McConnell moves for revote of Patriot Act extension

Senate fails to pass USA Freedom Act; McConnell moves for revote of Patriot Act extension

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While the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly supported the USA Freedom Act, the Senate failed to garner enough votes to pass the new legislation.

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