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After NSA leaks, a renewed interest in vulnerability disclosure

After NSA leaks, a renewed interest in vulnerability disclosure

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Code leaked by the Shadow Brokers group has set off calls from security researchers and tech groups for a national conversation about vulnerability disclosure policy.

Coalition opposes effort to collect social media data of visa applicants

Coalition opposes effort to collect social media data of visa applicants

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Privacy groups have opposed a proposal by DHS that would collect information about the social media presence and online activities of visa-waiver program visitors to the U.S.

NIST RFI seeks to increase public-private cooperation

NIST RFI seeks to increase public-private cooperation

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NIST issued a far-reaching request for information, seeking cybersecurity suggestions from the private sector on a range of topics.

Interior Dept. must update access control standards to meet NIST guidelines - report

Interior Dept. must update access control standards to meet NIST guidelines - report

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The U.S. Department of the Interior must update its access controls to meet current standards, according to an inspector general report.

EPA IG won't release report on cybersecurity practices

EPA IG won't release report on cybersecurity practices

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The EPA has 30 systems that contain personally identifiable information (PII), according to the At a Glance summary of the inspector general's report.

Authorities blocked from accessing accused's iPhone

Authorities blocked from accessing accused's iPhone

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A man sitting in jail on charges of sex trafficking was ordered by a federal judge to unlock his iPhone, but so far his attorney has succeeded in blocking the order on constitutional grounds.

EFF lawsuit challenges DMCA Section 1201

EFF lawsuit challenges DMCA Section 1201

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The EFF filed an injunction against the DoJ, Library of Congress, Copyright Office and U.S. officials, challenging Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

U.S. proposals could allow foreign warrants to US firms

U.S. proposals could allow foreign warrants to US firms

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The White House is discussing proposals with U.S. allies that could allow foreign governments to serve search warrants requesting email and wiretap information to US companies.

Rep. Speier introduces federal revenge porn bill today

Rep. Speier introduces federal revenge porn bill today

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Rep. Jackie Speier(D-Calif.) today introduced the Intimate Privacy Protection Act, or revenge porn bill, that will make it a crime to knowingly distribute sexually explicit images of someone without their consent.

UN extends human rights to online world

UN extends human rights to online world

The United Nations has passed a resolution calling for human rights to be counted online as well as off, citing the internet as an important medium for free speech and free assembly. The resolution was not without its opponents, though.

California bill would outlaw ransomware

California bill would outlaw ransomware

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A bill has been introduced in California that would officially outlaw the felonious use of ransomware.

Ninth Circuit ruling upholds password-sharing risk

Ninth Circuit ruling upholds password-sharing risk

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Computer users sharing their password could suddenly find themselves at risk for arrest.

State Dept. crippled by cyber practices, inconsistent messaging from U.S. agencies

State Dept. crippled by cyber practices, inconsistent messaging from U.S. agencies

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Following Comey's recommendation last week that the DoJ not bring criminal charges against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, cybersecurity practices within federal agencies have received greater scrutiny.

Women In Security - Power Players

Women In Security - Power Players

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These 10 women were selected for their longstanding contributions to the IT security space.

D.C. Court of Appeals FOIA ruling hailed as win for open gov't

D.C. Court of Appeals FOIA ruling hailed as win for open gov't

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Public files are not exempt from Freedom of Information Act disclosures simply because they are stored on a government official's private email account, the D.C. Court of Appeals ruled.

 That '70s show: Sexual harassment

That '70s show: Sexual harassment

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Sadly, what's old is new again when it comes to sexual harassment, both in the job marketplace and online, but new legislation and evolving corporate policies are fighting back against online harassment,

Bill seeks to alter nation's critical infrastructure

Bill seeks to alter nation's critical infrastructure

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Disconnecting computers used in power plants and electrical grids from the internet is being proposed in a bill before the Senate.

Obama signs FOIA reform bill into law

Obama signs FOIA reform bill into law

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The bipartisan bill, which got the nod from the House in mid-June, "codifies a statutory presumption of openness," according to a June 13 release from the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

House Homeland Security Committee report calls for encryption commission

House Homeland Security Committee report calls for encryption commission

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The House Homeland Security committee issued an encryption report that supported establishing a commission to study implications of encryption and its effects on law enforcement and economic development.

Clinton pledges tech evolution

Clinton pledges tech evolution

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Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton called for administrative reform to help bring the U.S. copyright system into the digital age.

House websites knocked offline; provider suggests link to Dem protest

House websites knocked offline; provider suggests link to Dem protest

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Congressional websites of 19 House Democrats were knocked offline in an incident that the technology firm managing the sites believes is linked to last week's sit-in calling for a vote on gun control legislation.

Senator calls for self-driving vehicle regulations

Senator calls for self-driving vehicle regulations

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During a Senate subcommittee hearing, a legislator pushed for security protections on internet-connected vehicles. "The Internet of Things leads also to the Internet of Threats," said Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.).

Russia's Duma approves bill requiring decryption backdoors

Russia's Duma approves bill requiring decryption backdoors

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Russia's lower house of parliament approved sweeping anti-terrorism legislation that requires companies to decrypt any message sent by users.

Industry, privacy groups: EU and U.S. Privacy Shield changes unlikely to ease concerns

Industry, privacy groups: EU and U.S. Privacy Shield changes unlikely to ease concerns

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The EU and U.S. agreed to changes to the Privacy Shield pact that officials hope will appease privacy concerns raised by privacy regulators.

Brexit shakeup: How will the U.K.'s exit from the EU affect the technology sector?

Brexit shakeup: How will the U.K.'s exit from the EU affect the technology sector?

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London is the center of tech startups in Europe. So, how will the U.K.'s separation from the EU impact the tech sector?

House approves two bills to foster DHS outreach to private sector

House approves two bills to foster DHS outreach to private sector

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House lawmakers voted on two bills aimed at creating effective partnerships between the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the private sector.

W3C's rejected HTML5 proposal imperils security researchers

W3C's rejected HTML5 proposal imperils security researchers

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W3C digital rights management working group chairman vetoed a proposal to discuss HTML5 standards before renewing the group's charter.

Brennan does not dispute that Twitter cut CIA off from its data service

Brennan does not dispute that Twitter cut CIA off from its data service

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CIA Director John Brennan was asked about reports that Twitter has not made the Dataminr analytics service available to U.S. intelligence agencies, but has made the service available to a Russian news outlet.

House votes down warrantless surveillance ban following Orlando shootings

House votes down warrantless surveillance ban following Orlando shootings

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The House voted against an amendment to a military spending bill that would have required law enforcement agencies to attain a warrant in order to search the electronic communications of Americans.

Private sector execs praise Cybersecurity Act during House hearing

Private sector execs praise Cybersecurity Act during House hearing

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Private sector executives praised the information-sharing implementation of the Cybersecurity Act of 2015 during a House subcommittee hearing on Wednesday.

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