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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.

NEWS ALERT: Senate blocks USA PATRIOT Act reauthorization

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A Friday night 57-42 vote in the Senate before the Memorial Day weekend fell short of the 60 votes needed to reauthorize Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act.

Senate gears up for Saturday USA Freedom Act vote; House breaks for recess

Senate gears up for Saturday USA Freedom Act vote; House breaks for recess

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The USA Freedom Act's fate will soon be decided with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announcing on Thursday that the Senate will convene for a rare Saturday vote on the bill.

Letter urges McConnell, Senate leaders to let sun set on Section 215

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In a brief, to-the-point letter, a wide mix of organizations asked Senate leaders to abandon attempts to extend Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act.

Google, Apple and others urge Obama to reinforce default encryption standards

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Dozens of other companies, civil society groups and security and policy experts, sent a letter to President Barack Obama on Tuesday stressing the importance of rejecting legislation requiring backdoors into new technology.

Sen. Vitter introduces Student Privacy Protection Act

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Another bill aimed at protecting students' privacy has been presented to Congress.

After House vote, USA Freedom Act moves to Senate

After House vote, USA Freedom Act moves to Senate

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The USA Freedom Act was passed by the House Wednesday but critics call for strengthening of bill in the Senate.

U.K. updates cybercrime law allowing for life in prison sentence

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Both the U.K. and Nigeria toughened their legal stances on cybercrime this month with Nigeria even allowing for the death sentence.

NEWS ALERT: House of Representatives passes USA Freedom Act

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The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the USA Freedom Act today with 338 Representatives voting in favor of the bill and only 88 against it

Washington state passes law requiring warrant for 'stingray' use

Washington state passes law requiring warrant for 'stingray' use

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While Congress ramps up for its discussions and vote on the USA Freedom Act, Washington state has taken privacy into its own hands through legislation requiring a warrant to use the devices.

White House urges Congress to pass USA Freedom Act

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The bill, which aims to end NSA's bulk collection of Americans' phone data, recently passed a House committee.

Russia and China form cyber alliance

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Russia and Chiana have agreed to join forces stop not hack each other as well as to fight cyber attacks as well.

Appeals court rules NSA collection of phone metadata illegal

Appeals court rules NSA collection of phone metadata illegal

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A New York federal appeals court found the National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone records illegal, but a separate ruling this week set privacy rules back with the approval of law enforcement's collection of warrantless phone location data.

Va. ACLU sues Fairfax police dept. for storing data from ALPR

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ACLU has sued a Virginia police department for collecting an LPR database on vehicles belonging to people not under investigation.

EC Digital Single Market Strategy takes aim at geo-blocking, copyright restrictions

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The European Commission has adopted a new 16-initiative strategy that would make it easier for consumers to access digital services and goods.

Harry Reid attempts to block trade vote until FISA is discussed

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The Senate will likely vote on a trade bill over the expiring Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

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